Monday, February 19, 2018

Top Picks for Best Lobsters Rolls in Massachusetts, Year-Round

Once the colder New England weather arrives, it's like all the good lobster rolls go into hibernation.

A silly rationale, of course, as it is obviously the myriad local seafood shack and restaurants that close for the off season. As the summer brings virtually endless choices for great lobster rolls, the winter often puts a deep freeze on this popular local dish's availability.

Not all hope is lost, however, as some phenomenal lobster rolls can be found during the off season. While traveling Massachusetts, for example, two informal roadside shacks come to the rescue with tasty lobster rolls that have lobster meat packed to the gills within a tasty roll and with little to an acceptably moderate amount of mayo.

Kelly's Roast Beef at Revere Beach (and several suburban Boston locations), and Wood's Seafood at Plymouth Harbor in Plymouth make exceptional lobster rolls, year-round. While Kelly's is best known for its roast beef, they might just make the best lobster roll of the two, but Wood's is certainly not far behind!

If you dine out with someone that doesn't like lobster rolls and you anticipate respectful or infantile resistance, don't fear: Wood's has an extensive seafood menu -- including full lobster dinners -- while Kelly's, in addition to roast beef and lobster rolls, serves up fabulous clam plates,  fish and chips, New England clam chowder, salads, burgers, hot dogs, and various other sandwiches and wraps.

If you know of any Massachusetts destinations with great lobster rolls -- or anywhere else in New England, for that matter -- please use the comment box to share your favorites.

Editor's note: before embarking on a trip to the Kelly's Roast Beef or Wood's, please call to ensure they are open -- although with Kelly's at Revere Beach, it is always a good bet that they are open until the wee hours of the morning!

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Three classic Rhode Island seafood shacks
Barnacle Billy's, Ogunquit, Maine
Warrens' Lobster House, Kittery, Maine
Markey's Lobster Pool, Seabrook, N.H.
Best New England seafood restaurants


Unknown said...

Who doesn't love lobster rolls! As far as Martha's Vineyard goes, I must say the best Cold and Hot Lobster Rolls are from Menemsha Fish Market, a rugged little salt pot right off the docks. The cold are always heartily stuffed with meat and fresh veg and def not overly drenched in mayo (hate that!) and the hot ones are even better! They are simple, buttery and the best part is that Menemsha fish Market stays open all season and has for I think like 24+ years. If you live on the island like me, you'll know that's a feat for any small business, just as it is a feat and a half finding any good place open in this harsh season...drooling now thinking about em :) Wish I could share pictures.

Eric, the New England travel writer said...

Hi Sarah, you have given us lobster inspiration -- will certainly try the Menemsha Fish Market next time we are visiting Martha's Vineyard. It's good to know about these places as often the heavily marketed spots often get all the attention.



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