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Sister Seeks Perfect Lobster Salad Roll in Connecticut.

My sister, who now lives in the midwest, is visiting and wants a lobster roll. She prefers the cold kind, the lobster salad ones.

Last visit I took her to Stowe's in West Haven and she thought it was good, but the brand of mayo was not to her liking. This time we went to Lenny's in Branford and the consensus between her and mom was that the lobster meat was kind of shredded and that they preferred it more chunky.

And they would really like a bit of chopped celery in the salad too, thought this isn't essential.

Me, I like my lobster rolls hot w/butter or cold as salad and as long as the meat is fresh and sweet and as long as it isn't swimming in too much butter, I'm happy. But Sis is more particular.

Where do you suggest we go for a good lobster roll, nay a great one. We are starting from the New Haven area, but do not mind heading up the coast. We'll go as far as Stonington, but would like to stay in CT.

If I get responses soon enough, we will act on them this visit. But if you find this thread later, she comes back to visit every four or five months, and we will be trying again next time.

Thank you so much for any and all suggestions.

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  1. I like Clam Castle's: big lobster chunks, dressed simply in mayo (with I think just a touch of lemon juice). No celery bits that I recall, but it's served on a leaf of romaine inside a toasted New England-style hot dog bun.

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    1. re: plien69

      Are they open for the season yet????????????

      1. I'm a big fan of Lenny and Joe's in Westbrook. They have an excellent cold lobster roll and also do a hot butter version.

        1. Thank you everyone.

          plien69, I have driven by Clam Castle many a time, but other than giggling at the name, it had not occurred to me to try it. I will certainly try it now.

          juiceman2, I keep meaning to try that shack. We passed it on our way out to Lenny's, but Mom is getting up there and often needs indoorsy sorts of places.

          1. Not sure when they open, but hands down the best is Lobster Landing in Clinton.

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            1. re: jdgall

              Lobster Landing is very good bit I'm pretty sure they only offer hot (with butter) lobster rolls. OP is looking for a lobster salad (cold with mayo) roll.

              1. re: chowmensch

                Yes Chowmensch you are right, they do not have the salad variety.

                1. re: jdgall

                  Thanks for replying though. My fault. If I had been thinking clearly, I would have put COLD in the thread title.

                  Well, I was thinking, but what I was thinking was LOBSTER ROLL - YUMMY!

                  1. re: Pipenta

                    You said you go to Lenny's and pass the Lobster Shack on the way. Well have you had the lobster roll at Lenny's? They have cold salad version and added the hot butter version after the shack opened. Competition is good for that.

            2. I don't know about the lobster salad but for hot buttered lobster rools my husband swears by the Blue Lobster on the Berlin turnpike in Berlin. I know they have lobster salad though.

              1. Stop and Shop in Southbury has a very good cold lobster roll (store made) and always fresh fir 7 dollars. This can''t beat the rolls at clam shacks and real seafood places but it is a great option ...loaded with lobster chunks