You've heard of a pub crawl but how about a lobster roll crawl? While in New England, plans called to start one in the late afternoon and eat our way through three restaurants known for their lobster rolls. By the end, I guarantee I was the one with a roll-- hanging over my belt.
It all started in the quintessential Maine town of Ogunquit. Ogunquit with its Perkins Cove would win the contest for a look-alike Cabot Cove, the charming hamlet of Jessica Fletcher on the old TV series, "Murder She Wrote". It's upper class, preppy, clean and oh so Maine. Rocky coastline, lighthouse, walking trails and adorable little shops.
The Taste Test
|The Lobster Shack, Ogunquit, Maine|
Live lobsters caught by local lobstermen wait in tanks filled with ocean water pumped straight from Perkins Cove. Can't get more local than that!
|Serving chowder at the Lobster Shack|
We started off with a cup of seafood chowder made from an old New England family recipe. The kitchen uses no thickening flour, just the perfect combination of clams, haddock, potatoes, onions and spices in a milk and cream base. After the chowder, I dove straight in for the traditional lobster roll sandwich. It comes on a buttery toasted roll, mostly lobster meat with or without mayonnaise. I gobbled down about half of it knowing I was in for more. The lobster tasted fresh, tender and juicy- exactly what I wanted.
|Lobster Roll at the Lobster Shack|
Lobster Roll Price: $17.00
|Jake's Seafood Restaurant in Wells, Maine|
Lobster Roll Price $14.99
Finally, we headed in the opposite direction and ended up at Shore Road Restaurant and Market, a seat of the pants operation with a fantastic product. The restaurant is in its first year with a new owner, Jason Johnson, and he is working to make it a go. By all rights, he should succeed. The lobster roll is brimming with succulent meat and sells for an amazingly low price of $9.99. You can't beat it.
|Shore Road Restaurant|
|Shore Road Lobster Roll with homemade chips|
Lobster Roll Price: Only $ 9.99
The ResultsDebi says: Could be that I liked the atmosphere in the Lobster Shack and hence rated their product the highest with a 10. Honestly, I would be more than thrilled to eat any of these lobster rolls any day. They were all fantastic.
Judy says: I wanted transplant them all back to Florida's First Coast so we could take turns dining on lobster rolls year' round. If I had to pick one it would be Jake's. Loved the overflowing lobster and the no-gimmicks family atmosphere. I've had better onion rings but their clams were the best.
|View from my balcony at the Cliff House, Ogunquit, Maine|
|The Cliff as seen from the Cliff House Dining Room|
|The Ogunquit Playhouse|
|Nighttime View of the Cliff House|