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Best warm lobster roll in Connecticut?

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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  1. I really like the Lobster Landing in Clinton

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    Lobster Landing
    152 Commerce St, Clinton, CT

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    1. re: plien69

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

    2. 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!

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      Lobster Landing
      152 Commerce St, Clinton, CT

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      1. re: melanieNYC

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

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        Lobster Landing
        152 Commerce St, Clinton, CT

      2. Lenny & Joe's is great

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

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        1. re: Ima Foodie

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

        2. 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.

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          Lobster Shack
          7 Indian Neck Ave, Branford, CT

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          1. re: Bkeats

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

            1. 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.

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              Lobster Landing
              152 Commerce St, Clinton, CT

              Bill's Seafood Restaurant
              , Old Saybrook, CT 06475

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              1. re: awm922

                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.

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                Lobster Landing
                152 Commerce St, Clinton, CT

                1. re: plien69

                  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.

                  1. re: Waquoit

                    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.

                    http://abbotts-lobster.com/menu.html

                    1. re: awm922

                      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:
                      http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/fb.ash...

                      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.