For The Locals

For The Locals

For The Locals

I love a good New England style lobster roll, aka Maine lobster roll filled with tender flavorful meat of the lobster knuckle along with claw and tail meat, combined with a little celery and a touch of mayo.

According to The Manual: The Maine lobster roll and the Connecticut lobster roll involve different temperatures and different condiments. The Maine lobster roll is served cold, with the lobster meat gently seasoned with salt and pepper and dressed in a light coating of mayonnaise, sometimes bolstered by the addition of finely chopped celery. The resulting lobster salad then gets packed into a grilled and buttered bun (preferably a top-sliced New England hotdog bun). The Connecticut lobster roll, on the other hand, includes hot lobster meat topped with warm butter.

I’ve had my share of lobster rolls, but never here on the Jersey Shore. Can you believe I have never had a Connecticut lobster roll? Lobster dripping in melted butter with a touch of lemon. I think I may be missing out here.

Over the Memorial Day weekend, I had a lobster roll at a place called “Ninety Nine” in Kingston New York. It was pretty good, but not New England good. If I eat lobster in any type of preparation, I prefer Maine lobster. Lobster tails are the part of the lobster I consume most when dining out.

I have never purchased lobster tails at the fish market or grocery store because I have no experience cooking lobster in any form.

According to Lisa C, a blogger from The Chopping Block, most of the tails you find available at grocery stores, and not specialty fish procurers are going to come from a spiny clawless species of lobster. Warm-water lobster tails are mainly from Florida, the Caribbean and Latin America. Cold-water lobster tails generally come from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

  • The Lobster Pit (aka The Pit) - 64 Montgomery Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740

    Tom from Jersey Food Warriors has posted at least a half dozen mouthwatering photos from this place in the last month or so. I HAVE to go and get one of these bad ass lobster rolls.

     

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  • Monte's Fish Fry & Seafood Market - 2119 Whitesville Rd, Toms River, NJ 08755

    Monte’s may be one of the best places to get fresh seafood in the Toms River- Manchester area.  Gregory’s on 37 in Manchester was the number one spot to grab fresh seafood for years, but sadly it no longer is. Last year, Gregory sold the restaurant and the place has slowly gone down hill. Monte’s makes a nice lobster roll. Stop in and grab one.

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  • Atlantic Offshore Fishery - 212 Channel Dr, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

    C’mon, they have “Lobster” in their name! BYOB, they get a lot of applause for their Connecticut lobster roll. Fresh, meaty, and poached in butter. Plus they serve lobster egg rolls. OH Mommy!!

  • The BoonDocks Fishery - 1 Marine Park, Red Bank, NJ 07701

    This hidden gem of a Seafood shack serves platters & sandwiches from a counter on the banks of the Navesink River. They encourage you to party like a “Lob-Star” every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for lobster night! 2 lobsters, corn, and potatoes for $29.95 plus tax starting at 4pm.

  • Dogtooth Bar & Grill - 100 E Taylor Ave, Wildwood, NJ 08260

    Wildwood bound? I’ve heard good things about this place. Really good lobster rolls lead the way, and word on the street has it, that Dogtooth has a killer creamy crab bisque made with jumbo lump crab that is sweet and tender. A bowl is just $10. It’s good American pub fare and the wings have a great rep.

     

  • Cousins Maine Lobster Restaurant - : 800 Ocean Ave N Space #109-110, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

    Nationally known and locally owned. Cousins Maine Lobster partners with local entrepreneurs who want to bring the sweet succulent taste of Maine lobster to their neighborhood. We love serving our communities.  Paul O. wrote: May have been the best lobster roll I ever had. Possibly because I had the Connecticut roll which is served warm and that’s not always available, but the lobster meat was exquisite with a fresh from the ocean flavor.  Now this might be where I try a Connecticut lobster roll.

  • Mystic Lobster Roll Company - 301 NJ-37, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751

    One lobster roll looks better than the next. The BLT lobster roll calls my name in the middle of the night. They have classic lobster roll choices in a variety of combinations. They also have lobster tacos, salads,and a bangin’ lobster mac & cheese.

  • Bahrs Landing - 2 Bay Ave, Highlands, NJ 07732

    Not only do they serve great cocktails, they serve great seafood, and YES the lobster rolls at Bahr’s are often talked about. After all, they are the Home Of The Lobster Boss!  Try the lobster pizza and the lobster bisque.

  • Breakin Bread on the Boulevard - 115 Boulevard, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751

    I’ve been to the specialty store on Fischer Blvd in Toms River and the food is expertly prepared. Not sure if the Seaside restaurant sells lobster rolls, but they do have a special called a Lobster Cannoli that’s been getting rave reviews. I really want to try one.

    Lobster Cannoli

  • Quincys Original Lobster Rolls - 806 N Bay Ave, Beach Haven, NJ 08008

    Various locations include the Cape May Mall, Cape May Beach, Ocean City, Avalon, and Wildwood .  If you’re going for the lobster roll, I suggest it be accompanied by their luxurious  lobster bisque. I have met people who have driven for hours just to eat here. Some people claim that Quincy’s has the best lobster roll on the Island. There’s only one way to find out.

  • Viking Fresh Off the Hook - 1905 Bayview Ave, Barnegat Light, NJ 08006

     Customers love their laid-back, casual patio, food and entertainment.  Everything is prepared to order, so please don’t mind the wait. They have a variety of seafood tacos, poke bowls, cold seafood platters, and the star of this list, lobster rolls.

     

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  • Crabby Rick's Shore Shack - 3626 State Hwy No 35, North Dr, Toms River, NJ 08753

    If you’re not a local, this is the kind of place you just stumble upon. It’s a roadside rustic shack, that serves all kinds of fresh seafood.  The blackened fish sandwich is da bomb if you’re not going for their meaty lobster rolls, or any lobster dish.

  • Mad Fish Company - 1001 SW Central Ave, Seaside Park, NJ 08752

    If you want a generous portion of lobster on your lobster roll, I have been told this place loads it up.  They make it with a lemon tarragon aioli which a gourmet version of mayo.  I also heard the lobster mac & cheese is heaven sent.

     

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  • Point Lobster Company - 1 St Louis Ave, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

    This place is in the top 5 of lots for a lot of friends and acquaintances. They have the cold lobster roll, the hot lobster roll, and the Angry lobster roll. So roll on over to Point Lobster Company and grab 1 or 2. It’s fresh lobster meat on a Martin’s potato roll. The lobster tacos are a big favorite too.

     

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  • Tony Boloney’s Pier Village - 72 Ocean Ave N, Long Branch, NJ 07740

    This spot is known for creatively named pizzas, subs & other snacks, with inventive topping options. They have a sandwich that is not what you would call a lobster roll, but it got my attention when Melissa S. posted a photo on social media. It’s called the “Lobsta Trap” and it looks massive. It’s steamed lobster, garlic aioli, bayou butter, and fresh smoked mozzarella, with a sprinkle of celery salt.

    Lobsta Trap Sandwich Lobster with smoked mozzarella

     

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  • Great American Lobster Roll Co. - 210 N Bay Ave, Beach Haven, NJ 08008

    They have a HUGE variety of lobster roll choices on their menu. Connecticut, Maine, and Massachusetts rolls. They also have a variety called “Roll-aiolis.” They come with your choice of interesting aioli combos like “The Texas” – it’s made with warm lobster with butter and mango habenero aioli sauce topped with jalapeno crisps, or “The Oregon” made with truffle aioli, then there’s “The Jersey Joe” which is lobster scampi. Make any roll a colossal, that’s 50% more lobster meat for an additional $6.00.  PLEASE take my money!

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