Losing the pandemic weight gain definitely stopped being a priority when Suffolk County News and The Long Island Advance decided to search and scour the South Shore for the best lobster roll.
Since Monday, May 24 until deadline day of this week’s issue, I have eaten over 20 lobster rolls from restaurants in our coverage area, stretching from Oakdale through Bellport.
I now know what it’s like to live like a Rockefeller consuming this much luxury sea meat in a week.
Or a Kardashian, but without any photoshopped and filtered glamour selfies of me delicately eating a lobster roll.
What is evident after all this gluttony—I mean, “investigative journalism”—is that the South Shore knows how to make a damn good lobster roll.
When we first reached out to our readers to recommend places to try, someone snarkily remarked that “real lobster rolls can only be made by New Englanders…,” but that was proved categorically false by my culinarily lackluster trips to Cape Cod and my near-feral need to finish every Long Island lobster roll I ordered.
Like the people of Long Island, the variety of lobster rolls comes down to specific preferences, as not one that I tried was “bad,” and thus, I present to you the five must-try lobster rolls in our coverage area:
FRESHEST AND FRUITFUL LOBSTER MEAT
Porters on the Lane
19 Bellport Lane, Bellport, NY 11713
MOST INVENTIVE BREAD PAIRING
98 Main Street, Sayville, NY 11782
Dave Rogers, Cooking with a Veteran
20 Terry Street, Patchogue
Photo cred: SWEEZEY PHOTOGRAPHY
The Fish Store
836 Montauk Highway, Bayport, NY 11705
BEST HOT BUTTER-BASED
Kingston’s Clam Bar
130 Atlantic Avenue, West Sayville, NY 11796