Lobstah & Roll
No trip to Boston is complete without experiencing a lobster roll. Buttery bread stuffed with fresh chunks of lobster, served either hot with melted buttah, or cold with mayo, as in lobster salad. Avoid the tourist traps and dive into one, or a couple of the best lobster rolls in Bean Town, from casual to classy. If you don't mind a long wait in line, make your way to Boston’s North End and stop by Neptune Oyster. A local favorite for good reason, Neptune’s serves both hot and cold lobster rolls, as well as the best clam chowder. They sell approximately 150 rolls a day, so that says something. Over on the South End, B&G Oysters serves a fancier option lobster roll made to perfection. With Barbara Lynch (winner of the James Beard award for Outstanding Restaurateur) at the helm, this lobster roll is loaded with chunks of fresh Maine lobster on a toasted buttered roll and served with fries and pickles. This gourmet go-to does have gourmet prices, but it’s worth the splurge. Island Creek Oyster Bar is famous for Ethel's Lobster Roll, a rosemary brioche roll stuffed with lobster meat tossed in a créme fraîche mayo, celery, red onion and pickle. This farm-fresh raw bar is located in Boston’s Back Bay and known for their imaginative cocktails that can be perfectly paired with your roll. Over in the Cambridge area, head to Alive & Kicking Lobsters for an interesting spin on the classic roll. This low-key seafood joint serves theirs on sesame seed–studded Scali bread, oozing with lightly mayo–dressed fresh Maine lobster. Technically, this is a lobster sandwich, but equally as tasty.