Summer's Best Places to Order Lobster Rolls Online
The best indulgence of the season doesn't require a trip to Maine.
It's time to savor the quintessential summer food: lobster rolls.
It doesn't matter where you come from if you want to enjoy Maine's freshest ocean delicacies. A number of Northeast seafood restaurants followed the trend of delivering meal kits nationwide during the pandemic, offering their delicious lobster rolls to everyone in the Lower 48.
Here are seven of the best lobster roll kits to deliver to your doorstep in a hurry, including succulent lobster meat and condiments, as well as lobster salads already dressed.
Located on Spruce Head Island in midcoast Maine, this family-run lobster shack is a popular stop for roadtrippers. However, you can enjoy McLoons' award-winning menu favorite at home too: sweet, meaty lobster on their signature half butter-half mayo rolls. Besides freshly cooked and picked tail, claw, and knuckle meat, McLoons' DIY kits include sea salt butter made locally in Casco Bay, split-top buns, mayo, roll sleeves, and instructions. Desserts include homemade blueberry bread pudding and whoopie pies, as well as a rich and creamy lobster stew.
The popular lobster roll kits from Luke's Lobster are shipped straight from Maine to anywhere in the continental United States by sustainable seafood company Luke's Lobster. Each pack comes with premium knuckle and claw meat, split-top buns, and Luke's secret seasoning, so you can make it yourself. Rolls are paired with crab claws, New England clam chowder, whoopie pies and wild Maine blueberries in additional bundles. Based on how soon you want to serve the lobster, you can choose either fresh or flash frozen delivery.
The Clam Shack
Known for its award-winning lobster rolls and irresistible seafood, this small stand has been serving Kennebunkport locals since 1968. New shell lobsters are sweeter and tender than traditional lobsters, and are piled on toasted, locally made round buns with mayo or butter, both of which make a winning combination at The Clam Shack.
They ship home their build-at-home kits overnight, which include lobster meat, mayonnaise, Kate's butter, lemons, homemade signature rolls, and instructions on how to make them just like they do at the Shack. In addition to lobster, the Clam Shack offers fried clam roll kits if you'd like to mix it up a bit.
Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co.
Family-run, this company has been in business since 1946. In addition to lobster salad, which is made fresh the day the order ships out, New England-style split-top buns come with lobster salad with sweet chunks of claws and knuckles lightly tossed in mayo and salt and pepper. Additionally, lobster mac & cheese sandwiches, lobster grilled cheese sandwiches, lobster pot pies, lobster Bloody Mary kits, and more are available.
Get Maine Lobster
You can get sustainably sourced Atlantic lobster from this gourmet retailer from Portland, Maine docks quickly, and at your door step. The classic lobster kit includes a secret spice blend, split-top buns, perfectly cooked and flash frozen claws, knuckles and legs. With the Famous Lobster Roll Feast, you can make eight lobster rolls and include 2 lbs. For a limited time, you can enjoy 50 percent off lobster mac & cheese, 4 pints of chowder, and 8 whoopie pies.
Eventide Oyster Co.
Known for its succulent lobster meat topped with brown butter and served in soft, fluffy steamed buns, this Maine-based purveyor's lobster roll is exceptional and original. It's untraditional, but it's delicious. For the first time ever, lobster meat, brown butter vinaigrette, steamed bao buns, and chives are included in kits to make the famous rolls.
Beal’s Lobster Pier
Southwest Harbor’s family-owned lobster pier has remained the same since it opened in 1932. The crustaceans are all caught right from the family’s dock, cooked in seawater from the harbor, and picked right on that same day. Known for its massive piles of lobster meat (1/4 lb. per roll) on buttery brioche buns, Beal's lobster rolls are legendary. Several sizes of make-at-home kits are available, all of which include potato chips and ship directly from the shop via Goldbelly.