Maine vs. Connecticut: Which Red Hook Lobster Pound 'Roll is better?
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 2:28PM
The Lady Who Lunches in Restaurant reviews

Ah, summer.  Just the word, alone, conjures up whimsical visions of the navy blue Atlantic, board shorts, beach cruisers, and every North Easterner's favorite warm-weather sandwich, the lobster roll.  Now, before I delve in to the difference between Maine and Connecticut-style 'rolls, I think it would be a good idea, just for those of you out there who do not know what a lobster roll is, to give you a brief description (per Wikipedia, of course):

OK, so now that you're up to speed on what a lobster roll is, let's discuss the difference between lobster roll styles: Connecticut vs. Maine.

Red Hook Lobster Pound is located in, you guessed it, Red Hook.  Brooklyn.  That wouldn't be a big deal, except for the fact that my friends and I decided that we should *bike* to the 'Pound from our home base in Manhattan.  Considering that I was rocking my one-speed beach cruiser, the journey was a little bit tougher than I had expected - especially those round trip climbs up the Brooklyn Bridge.  Ouch!  Needless to say, all of the pedaling and huff-puffing made every single bite of my meal that much more enjoyable. 

Taking a breather on the Brooklyn Bridge: Ceci and yours truly

Connecticut-style lobster roll  

Maine-style lobster roll

...And, for dessert...

Robicelli's Maine blueberry cupcake: the icing tasted like sweetened Vaseline, which left an uncomfortable film on the roof of my mouth - the "cake" portion of the cupcake was a bit dried out but, nonetheless, was filled with plenty of *real* Maine blueberries.  I will definitely skip this calorie-waster on my next visit.

Conclusion  Maine stole the show, in terms of lobster roll styles.  And even if you're one of those obnoxious girls who claims "not to like mayonnaise" (code for "I freaking love mayonaise, but it will make me fat!"), you, too, can enjoy this particular style, as it's not very mayonnaise-y.


Until we eat again,

The Lunch Belle

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