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Best warm lobster roll in Connecticut?

mels Jun 22, 2011 08:38 AM

I have a friend coming from out of state to visit 4th of July weekend who is dying to try a Connecticut style lobster roll. Where should I take her for the ultimate CT lobster roll experience? I am willing to drive a bit, so location is no matter (though eastern CT, say east of Rt. 9/I-95 junction, is preferable). Even if there is no one lobster roll that kicks all of the other lobster rolls' rear ends, I'd appreciate suggestions of anywhere serving quality rolls.

I did a search on Chowhound, assuming this question had been asked before, but turned up no results. I apologize in advance if my Chow search skills are lacking.

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    plien69 RE: mels Jun 22, 2011 08:43 AM

    I really like the Lobster Landing in Clinton

    Lobster Landing
    152 Commerce St, Clinton, CT

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      DonShirer RE: plien69 May 30, 2014 04:20 PM

      I like it too, but my wife prefers Lenny & Joes' version (in Westbrook).

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      melanieNYC RE: mels Jun 22, 2011 08:44 AM

      I drive back and forth from NYC to Cape Cod a few times every summer and my boyfriend and I usually try to hit up a couple lobster roll places each way to make the drive a little less painful. Our experience tells us that, without question, the best hot lobster roll in Connecticut is at Lobster Landing in Clinton. It's very unassuming - just a tent set up outside an actual lobster distributor, served on a toasted foot-long hot dog bun, but oh my is it good. So much meat, cooked sweet and tender, with just the right amount of butter. It's a must try!

      Lobster Landing
      152 Commerce St, Clinton, CT

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        jdgall RE: melanieNYC Jun 22, 2011 09:19 AM

        Absolutely, Lobster Landing....... hands down the best.

        Lobster Landing
        152 Commerce St, Clinton, CT

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        Ima Foodie RE: mels Jun 22, 2011 09:33 AM

        Lenny & Joe's is great

        Lenny & Joe's
        Westbrook, CT, Westbrook, CT

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          DonShirer RE: Ima Foodie Jun 22, 2011 04:05 PM

          My wife is addicted to the L&J's lobster roll as well.

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          Bkeats RE: mels Jun 22, 2011 11:55 AM

          If you are willing to head further west than Clinton, I vote for the Lobster Shack in Branford. Toasted foot long bun with nothing but lobster and butter.

          Lobster Shack
          7 Indian Neck Ave, Branford, CT

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            chefstu RE: Bkeats Aug 2, 2012 09:25 PM

            Ditto on the Lobster Shack, my personal favorite, but Lobster Landing is damm good to.

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              awm922 RE: mels Jun 22, 2011 12:05 PM

              Abbott's in Noank does a hot lobster roll on a Potato Roll. Very good. Also, Bill's Seafood on Rt. 1 at the Westbrook/Clinton line does the foot long, toasted roll style hot lobster roll.

              I have never been to the Lobster Landing in Clinton, but it sounds like I'm going to try it this summer with the recommendations on here.

              Lobster Landing
              152 Commerce St, Clinton, CT

              Bill's Seafood Restaurant
              , Old Saybrook, CT 06475

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                plien69 RE: awm922 Jun 23, 2011 08:19 AM

                Abbott's always gets press about being the best hot lobster roll in CT, but I vastly prefer Lobster Landing's roll:

                1. Abbott's serves theirs on a hamburger bun. You don't get that toasted bread aroma with a bun, and there seems to be to much bread vs. lobster in each bite.
                2. More egregiously, Abbott's lobster is shredded/chopped much finer, and held in warm butter until it's scooped onto the bun for your order. You lose a lot of the sweetness of the lobster, and holding it in the warm butter tends to over cook and dry out the lobster meat.

                A good CT hot lobster roll should be: chunks of freshly picked lobster meat (tail, knuckes *and* claw), dressed in warm butter, served on a toasted New England-style hot dog roll, with a lemon wedge on the side.

                Lobster Landing
                152 Commerce St, Clinton, CT

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                  Waquoit RE: plien69 Aug 12, 2012 02:08 PM

                  I saw a TV show from Abbott's and that not how they made their lobster rolls, did they change? On the show they put the portion on the grill and poured the melted butter on it.

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                    awm922 RE: Waquoit Aug 12, 2012 03:22 PM

                    I was there a few weeks ago and had the OMG. 7 oz of fresh picked lobster meat on a potato roll. The meat was not grilled or had grill marks on it. It was perfectly done. The meat was moist and not drowned in butter. The meat was piled about 4 or 5 inches high.
                    It looked so good, I forgot to take a picture of it and just started eating it.
                    The link below has a pic of it from their website.


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                      plien69 RE: awm922 Aug 14, 2012 06:21 PM

                      I recall that Abbott's tries to keep the food line moving, and serves things almost cafeteria style, if I recall. I doubt they have the time to individually grill and prep the lobster meat for each order.

                      The Abbott's site does have a picture of their lobster roll. Here's a bigger picture:

                      Note, the lobster meat is molded in the shape of the scoop they use. And if they're using a scoop, it probably means they have a big warming tray of lobster meat that they scoop from. Also, it's a regular seeded hamburger bun, not a potato roll, and not a toasted New England-style hot dog roll.

                      Maybe I just happened to get some lobster meat in my roll that had been sitting around a little too long. But I still submit that a true lobster roll should not be served on a hamburger bun.

              2. Zobot RE: mels Jun 29, 2011 08:15 AM

                Great tips on the Lobster Landing. We stopped by yesterday for lunch on our way down I-95 from Providence and it was divine.

                Perfectly cooked lobster served warm and simply dressed with butter on a perfectly toasted New England style roll.

                Definitely worth the trip, and a very short & easy ride from I-95.

                Highly recommended.

                Lobster Landing
                152 Commerce St, Clinton, CT 06413

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                  zozo RE: Zobot Aug 2, 2012 02:29 PM

                  Lobster Landing also has gluten free buns, if that's your thing. Just had my first entire lobster roll today. I send the divine comment.

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                  hotwing RE: mels Aug 12, 2012 02:28 PM

                  Went to Sam's The Clam"s in Southington on Friday for lunch. A hot lobster roll was listed as market price on the menu. Didn't bother to ask the price before ordering. Lobster roll was just ok. Received the check and the lobster roll was $20.95. What a ripoff since the price of lobster is pretty cheap this summer. Most places are charging about $15.00. Will not be returning.

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                    njmarshall55 RE: hotwing Aug 14, 2012 02:46 PM

                    Checked their menu...ALOT Of "Market Price." If you don't know what it should cost, don't go there! Shaky way of doing business, if you ask me.

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                      Clams047 RE: njmarshall55 Oct 5, 2012 07:08 PM

                      It's very common for entree items with lobster, steamers, sea scallops or whole-belly clams (typically very fresh items that do vary in price almost daily) to be "market price" on the menu, but pricing is typically posted on a board. If not, I always ask before ordering such items so as not to be shocked. Not sure what else might be "market price" unless perhaps in an on-line menu.

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                        westie RE: Clams047 Oct 6, 2012 03:05 AM

                        Last month we had a very good lobster roll - fresh meat on a New England hot dog roll with melted butter at Close Harbor - just up the road from Sam The Clam. I don't know the current price, but we paid $10 each using a coupon I received by signing up for their emails.

                  2. LobsterGal RE: mels Oct 6, 2012 06:30 AM

                    My CT favorites are High Tide Gourmet truck, pictured, (in Madison in the summer and New Haven by winter), Captain Scott's Lobster Dock in New London (hot and cold pictured) and Ford's in Noank. Lobster Landing is good, but I find it doesn't have quite as much flavor as the others. I'm not a fan of Abbott's.

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