Haute Spots for The Perfect Lobster Roll in Boston

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Let’s face it. New Englanders love their lobster rolls. Whether you prefer them cool and creamy or in a warm buttery roll, here is a look at some of Boston’s hautest spots for a lobster roll.

James Hook & Co.
James Hook & Co.

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There is nothing quite like digging into a lobster roll overflowing with tender sweet chunks of lobster meat. For a no frills experience, head over to James Hook & Co. on Northern Avenue where you can roll up your sleeves and order up one of the city’s best (and simplest) rolls tossed with just mayonnaise and celery served in a hot dog bun. Order it up with a bowl of clam chowder filled with clams and potatoes and you have one satisfying dish.

Legal Sea Foods
Legal Sea Foods

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If you are looking for a full on sit-down waterfront dining experience, request a patio seat at the nearby. Legal’s does seafood right and lobster rolls even better. Here, the popular lobster roll here is made with mayo or drizzled in melted butter, whatever your guilty pleasure served with a side of cole slaw and golden fries. The view of the Boston Fish Pier here is unbeatable for watching fishing boats pull into the oldest working fish pier in the country.

Neptune Oyster
Neptune Oyster

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One of Boston’s best kept secrets for lobster rolls lies in a tiny restaurant in the North End known as Neptune Oyster. Grab a seat at the long marble bar and order up the hot lobster Maine lobster tails, knuckles and claws served on a buttery grilled brioche bun served with a heaping side of crispy fries.

B&G Oysters
B&G Oysters

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Barbara Lynch is a great chef, a Grand one actually, according to Relais & Chateaux, who named her restaurant Menton a Grand Chef property. With several restaurants to her name, the hot seafood restaurant B&G Oysters in the South End elevates the New England lobster roll to a new height. This is not your typical roll, but rather, a foodie lover’s decadent indulgence made with minced celery, chopped chives and freshly squeezed lemons. The house made bread and butter pickles and side of French fries are the perfect complement.

Island Creek Oyster Bar
Island Creek Oyster Bar

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In Kenmore Square, Red Sox fans flock to Island Creek Oyster Bar before and after the game to score “Ethel’s Lobster Roll.” The heaping portion of lobster meat combined with celery and scallions sits atop a rosemary roll and next to a side of housemade crunchy kettle chips and cole slaw. This highly decorated lobster roll wins Bostonians hearts for its specialty recipe that includes crème fraiche.

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