Ten Best Lobster Rolls in Palm Beach County
When soft-shell lobster season rolls around -- late June through October -- true New Englanders don't even bother with the roll part of lobster rolls. They eat the fresh-molted lobsters straight from the sea, tossed into a pot of boiling water, sucking them down with a side of drawn, unsalted butter.
Still, the New England lobster roll remains the ultimate seafood sandwich, as much a summer staple as corn on the cob, watermelon, and backyard BBQs. And all Northeastern natives hold this truth to be self-evident: There is no ingredient more important in a lobster roll aside from the lobster itself. Call it what you like, be it New England-style, Maine-style -- even Connecticut-style. It still comes down to just one ingredient.
Sure, some argue it should be served on a classic split-top hot dog bun toasted and buttered, while others go all avant-garde with rich brioche buns. Then there's the question of whether it should be served cold or hot. While the Connecticut style calls for butter-sautéed lobster and nothing else, the better part of New England defines a lobster roll as a chilled seafood salad -- just a touch of mayonnaise.
The one thing most everyone agrees on, however, is the meat. It should come from the claw and knuckle, proportioned perfectly. The tail is too tough and can be a bit too dry -- not that a little chew ever hurt anyone.
In South Florida, we have enough New England transplants to know what a good lobster roll should taste like. And for that, we thank them. Because without their influence, we wouldn't be able to list the best places in Palm Beach County to find the perfect New England lobster rolls.
10. Old Key Lime House
The Old Key Lime house is better-known as a sports fan's wet dream -- an outdoor tiki-style bar and restaurant where you can guzzle beer, frozen margaritas, and pitchers of sangria while glorifying the Florida Gators. The island-themed eatery is known for its Caribbean flair with foods, from coconut fish fingers to chicken with Key lime butter. But look beyond the menu's seafood offerings, including oysters and steamed clams, and you'll find a lobster roll. It's not exactly New England-style with its mixture of shrimp and lobster meat, but the dressing is light, and the bun is toasted and buttered. It's served with chips, fries, or coleslaw. And if you're feeling extra hungry, you can double the order and get two for only a few dollars more. Definitely worth it, every time.
9. City Fish Market
Like sister restaurants Lobster Bar Sea Grille in Fort Lauderdale and Chops Lobster Bar in Boca Raton, this Buckhead Life institution is one of a dozen seafood houses nationwide that serves a traditional Maine-style roll. Here, it's chilled lobster meat delivered in a split-top brioche bun, with a side of Maryland fries hit and a touch of Old Bay and cayenne for a slight kick.
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