Top Places to Grab a Lobster Roll In and Around Mystic

Connecticut has deep ties to the lobster roll. In the 1920s, Harry Perry, the owner of Perry’s in Milford, made what we think was the first warm lobster roll for one of his favorite customers. After more than a century, lobster rolls still play a huge part of summers here in Connecticut. Restaurants across the region serve them hot or cold, and we have a few right here in the Mystic region where you can find fresh lobster out of the shell served soaked in butter on a warm, toasty roll. Here are some of the top places to grab a lobster roll in and around Mystic, CT.

Abbott’s Lobster

You’ll be hard pressed to find a hot lobster roll like the one you will find at Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough in Noank, CT. To start, the lobsters are steamed in cast-iron vaults to seal in the flavor. The vaults are decades old adding to the history of the place. You can get three sizes of lobster rolls here started with a quarter-pound of meat. If you are really hungry, you can get the “LOL”, “lots of lobster” with a whole pound of lobster! The buns you are going to get with your lobster roll range from the sesame-seed hamburger bun for the original, a hot dog bun for the OMG and a boule for the whopping LOL. Do you prefer a cold lobster roll? Abbot’s has them and this cold lobster roll is served in a hot dog bun in Abbott’s house dressing.

S&P Oyster Co.

When you visit the S&P Oyster Co. you will be surrounded with beautiful views with a table overlooking the Mystic River. The lobster roll is a staple on the S&P menu. There are different options to choose from including a chilled lobster roll with a little extra bite featuring lemon, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, salt, pepper, mayo and baby arugula. Perfect to enjoy the view with a drink by your side. The hot lobster roll comes with a side of Malanga chips – if you prefer to go bunless, the chilled lobster over garden salad is a delight served in a creamy lemon vinaigrette.

Ford’s Lobster

Ford’s Lobster is a New England treat! As you drive up to Ford’s Lobster, it is an experience in itself. A seafood shack with patio-only seating, water views and a laid-back atmosphere. A favorite among locals and lobster lovers, Ford’s offers a number of options for lobster roll fanatics. The classic lobster roll is a ¼ lb of lobster served either cold or hot at $24. Many visiting Ford’s for a lobster roll quickly change their mind when they see the other items on the menu like the Lobster Bomb, ½ lb of fresh picked lobster and topped with lobster bisque. Wait, it gets better, it is served in a buttered and grilled bread bowl! You can never have too much lobster, right?

Sea View Snack Bar

Now in its 45th season, you are sure to experience a laid-back afternoon with a visit to the Sea View Snack Bar. The picnic tables overlook the water for a stunning view and a fun atmosphere. The lobster roll at Sea View features large, plump chunks of lobster over a grilled bun. You’ll find nothing but perfectly tender lobster meat and sweet flavor. You can choose from a side of crisp, golden fries or onion rings.

Where are your favorite Connecticut lobster roll spots? Let us know! #ThinkMystic