Having lived in Boston for 9 years, I am very familiar with the lobster roll. I’m also very familiar with the cheap lobster roll. That’s because when summer rolled around, cheap lobster rolls would pop up in the unlikeliest of places. The most well know was probably from the sub chain, D’angelos. It has become so popular they now offer three different versions. And then of course there is the McDonald’s lobster roll. That’s right. In parts of New England, you can get a lobster roll at McDonald’s for $6. Scary. (But still better than eating a Big Mac)
Having a lobster roll at a place like McDonald’s for less than $10 can really make you wonder- “What the hell is in this thing?”. But a real lobster roll is pretty simple. It’s just lobster meat served in a hot dog roll. From there, the argument will begin as to what makes the “perfect” lobster roll. Mayo or no mayo. Lemon juice or no lemon juice. Celery is sometimes added, and often a layer of lettuce can be put under the lobster meat or salad. Grilling the hot dog bun first, and brushing it with melted butter can’t hurt either. But there is one thing that everybody can agree on- the more lobster (and the bigger the chunks), the better. Claws always welcome!
Unfortunately, the more meat in the sandwich, the more expensive it’s going to be. That’s why a good lobster roll will usually run you $14-18 in New England, with many fancy New York restaurants charging upwards of $25+ for their version. While some purists would never eat a fast food lobster roll, some of us more frugal diners want to be able to experience that taste, without dropping a ton of money. So when Cosi introduced their limited time only “Lobster Salad Sandwich”, I was pretty excited.
What it looks like, what it tastes like and the mayo filled +/- after the jump… Read more »