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Five Maine Lobster Rolls Make Food & Wine's 25 Best

Thurston's Lobster Pound.
Thurston's Lobster Pound.
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As the epicenter of the lobster roll world, it's no surprise that Maine is well-represented on Food and Wine's list of the 25 best lobster rolls in America.

The slideshow presentation doesn't rank the rolls, but these are the five Maine-made that are on the list, with a bit from the F&W description:

The Clam Shack in Kennebunkport: "For their assembled-to-order rolls, they pile a little of each part (claw, knuckle, tail) onto an oversize, locally baked burger bun. Customers choose between a swipe of mayo, a drizzle of warm butter or a little of both."

Bob's Clam Hut in Kittery: "Bob's Clam Hut hasn't changed its lobster roll recipe in 50 years, for good reason: There's no better way to serve their juicy chunks of Maine lobster than to toss them with a little mayonnaise and pack them into a grilled, buttered hot dog bun."

Bite Into Maine, the food truck at Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth: "Along with curry, wasabi and chipotle, the signature picnic-style includes a layer of homemade coleslaw and a brushing of drawn butter."

MC Perkins Cove in Ogunquit: "Run by James Beard Award-winning chefs Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier of neighboring Arrows Restaurant, this waterfront raw bar and restaurant serve an incredible lobster roll with views of the Atlantic."

Thurston's Lobster Pound in Bernard: "Perched on a working dock, the rustic spot overlooks the fishing village of Bass Harbor. The roll boasts briny chunks of mayo-dressed lobster with lettuce in a split-top bun."
— Tom Minervino
· America's Best Lobster Rolls [F&W]