Like a lot of us who live nowhere near New England, Chowhounds in Greater Boston are passionate about summer’s quintessential shore food, the lobster roll: succulent hunks of the clawed crustacean mixed with celery, dressed with mayo, and heaped into a toasted and buttered bun. And while you could certainly argue that the nation’s best lobster rolls are a specialty of Maine, there’s no doubt that Boston hounds spend a lot of time debating the merits of their city’s finest. Here are seven, listed alphabetically, from within a 5-mile radius of downtown Boston, that CHOW readers have talked about in the past six months (click the links to find out more). Want to share your own opinions? Jump into a discussion on the Boston Chowhound board. And if you’d like to try your hand at lobster rolls, check out this recipe from the CHOW Test Kitchen. Happy summer!
ALIVE AND KICKING LOBSTERS
269 Putnam Avenue, Cambridge
Go for the lobster salad sandwich.
BELLE ISLE SEAFOOD
1267 Saratoga Street, Boston
One of the city’s biggest, and definitely among the best.
10 Eliot Street, Cambridge
The Double Lobster Roll with fries is good and filling.
ISLAND CREEK OYSTER BAR
500 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
Best place for a lobster roll near Fenway Park.
JAMES HOOK & CO.
15 Northern Avenue, Boston
Cheap, fresh lobster rolls convenient to South Station.
LOBSTA LOVE FOOD TRUCK
Roaming; see website for current location
Good, if pricey; comes with house-made mayo and “Asian fusion sauce.”
63 Salem Street, Boston
At $25, this baby's expensive, though large. Order it hot.
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Image source: Lobster roll from Neptune Oyster by Flickr member arnold | inuyaki under Creative Commons