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Oct 10, 2011 07:28 PM

Lobster Roll Buns?

No, it's not a medical condition (is it? <shrug>), but I'm trying to find the buns used for classic New England-style lobster rolls. They are like large hot dog buns but are the pull-apart variety. I hear a couple hot dog places serve them (Clems and maybe Man Bites Dog), so I can ask there as a last resort, but I'm eventually looking for something retail.

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  1. this masshole knows exactly what you are talking about.
    it was harder to find anything but back home.
    here, i have never seen any, despite looking.
    good luck!

    p.s. i don't know about stores, but the dreaded sysco probably has them, given they are national and wholesale and whatnot.

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    1. re: dinaofdoom

      Please let us know if you find them. This Rhode Islander would love to know if they're available in town!

      1. re: dinaofdoom

        Masshole? I never heard that before but I may have to use that myself. I can use it legitimately since I was born in Framingham.

        I noticed today that McDonalds in Canada serves Lobster Rolls seasonally. Except they come on hot dog buns. Just like the ones I saw a couple week ago in Pittsburgh. And Perla's charges $28(!), but I can't tell if that's a proper loobster roll or not:



        1. re: sqwertz

          framingham union hospital, i presume (me too).

          grew up in metrowest, moved to boston in 1993, posted on the boston chow board since forever, moved to austin in 2005 and have been chowing it up here ever since.

          the mcd's lobster rolls are kinda gross.
          it tastes like lobster from mcdonald's, which is kind of self-explanatory.

          the candian and maine border mcd's also serve poutine, but i think it's seasonal, too.

      2. You can get them at Central Market, I think - aren't they basically hot dog buns that haven't been split?

        Central Market
        4477 S Lamar Blvd Ste 100, Austin, TX 78745

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        1. re: addlepated

          they are split; they are just basically stacked differently as dough prior to baking.
          this results in soft white bread at the sides.
          they are almost always buttered and toasted regardless of use with hot dogs or lobster rolls.
          regular buns have crust-ish browning all over the outsides.

          pics below.

          squertz-- the only national brands i could recall from my MA days, which may be carried in texas, were pepperidge farms and sara lee.
          sara lee doesn't have them listed on their site.
          according to the PF website, the new england style are only available in select markets.
          i bet "select" = "new england".

          here's a link:

          1. re: dinaofdoom

            I might call some bakeries, specifically Moonlight. Pretty sure that they could make that happen.

            1. re: dinaofdoom

              Yeah, you can just buy the unsplit ones from CM and split them yourself. That's what we did when we made lobster rolls.

              1. re: addlepated

                Do CM's look like the ones on the left above? If not, then no go.

                I'm going to have to hit up Clem's and Man Bites Dog as I think they both use them.

              2. re: dinaofdoom

                The one on the left - Yes!
                On the right- no :-)

              3. re: addlepated

                I'm pretty familiar with the bread isles in CM (South, at least) but have never seen them. They have been split, but they are joined together like a pull apart bread.

                1. re: sqwertz

                  Hmm, they were there last summer. CM-made, so in the bakery section.