Looking for the best Lobster Roll from the Connecticut Shoreline, Connecticut Lobster Rolls are repeatedly being compared to Maine Lobster Rolls. Here In Connecticut we prefer our Lobster Rolls warm with melted butter on a roll, I enjoy mine on a good brioche. In Maine, they prefer their Lobster Rolls cold, with mayonnaise added to the lobster (like tuna salad) spread on a roll.
The five restaurants that are highlighted from 10 Best are from different parts of the Connecticut shoreline; Donahue's Clam Castle, Abbott's Lobster in the Rough, Overton's, Guilford Lobster Pound and The Lobster Shack.
The history behind the lobster roll is that "some historians believe there is no one to be accredited with “inventing” the roll, most people believe that it originated at Perry's a restaurant in Mildford, Connecticut. The sandwich beuted on the menu in 1927, when owner Harry Perry whipped one up for a customer, and the recipe stuck."
The Lobster Shack - Westport
In opening The Lobster Shack in 2016, Bill Rizzuto drew upon his work experiences. Before owning Rizzuto’s Oyster Bar & Restaurant in Westport and Rizzuto’s Restaurant & Bar in West Hartford, he grew up on Long Island and spent his summers as a mate on a charter fishing boat in Montauk.
Guilford Lobster Pound - Guilford
Situated on Guilford Harbor, this family-run business is owned by Captain Bart Mansi and operated with his wife, Janice, and daughter, Erica. A longtime lobster fisherman, Mansi makes his catches aboard his 42-foot lobster boat, "Erica Page."
Overton's - Norwalk
This dockside restaurant overlooking the Norwalk Harbor has remained a city staple for six decades. Along with their buttered hot lobster roll, Overton’s is popular for its fried seafood selections; among them, fried clams and fried shrimp.
Abbott's Lobster in the Rough - Noank
Located at the mouth of the Mystic River, Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough remains a popular draw with its waterside dining, with outdoor picnic tables complimented by dockside views.
Donahue's Clam Castle - Madison
For over six decades, Donahue's Clam Castle located along the Connecticut shoreline has remained a local favorite. Their jumbo six-ounce lobster roll comes out warmed, sweet buttered and with a lemon wedge; the lobster slider is a smaller version.