First things first: In Boston, it’s pronounced lawb-stuh. And you can find it pretty much anywhere. But don’t limit yourself to the basic beachfront New England lobster bake, as delicious as it is. Here, chefs take the humble crustacean to new heights in creative dishes and reimagined classics.
Lobster BLT Handroll at Uni
Tony Messina won the 2019 James Beard award for Best Chef: Northeast for his inventive cuisine at this modern izakaya in the Back Bay. You’ll want to order everything on Uni’s menu (the uni spoon, the cacio e pepe dumplings) but be sure to save room for Messina’s playful lobster BLT handroll with brown-butter mayonnaise, pickled celery, and bacon jam. You’ll never look at a diner BLT the same way.
370 Commonwealth Ave., uni-boston.com
Lobster Roll at Neptune Oyster
Don’t show up here starving: You’ll likely be waiting in line for an hour before you can get your hands on one of the overflowing lobster rolls at this North End favorite. You can either choose hot and buttered, or cold and lightly mayo’d; both are served on a grilled brioche bun. In town on a Sunday? Come with a friend so you can split the lobster tacos special.
63 Salem St., neptuneoyster.com
Lobster Bisque at B&G Oysters
Boston star chef Barbara Lynch has her way with lobster (baked, stuffed, rolled, towered) at this raw bar and seafood restaurant. But we’re suckers for the lobster bisque, which the menu calls “an homage to JFK lobster stew”. It’s creamy and rich, and topped with a scoop of sweet lobster meat — the perfect follow-up to a plate of fresher than fresh oysters.
550 Tremont St., bandgoysters.com
Pan-Roasted Lobster at Jasper White’s Summer Shack
Jasper White is considered a pioneer in the Boston restaurant scene and an authority on New England cuisine. This funky North End seafood spot opened in 2000 and has been serving its signature pan-roasted lobster since day one. The crustacean is split into six pieces, seared, broiled, doused with bourbon and flambéed, then bathed in a buttery pan sauce that you’ll want to drink.
50 Dalton St., summershackrestaurant.com
Lobster Popover at Loyal Nine
The best time to visit this East Cambridge café by day and restaurant by night is for weekend brunch so you can dig your fork into its creative take on eggs benedict. Here, a light and airy popover is split and stuffed with lobster meat, topped with a poached egg and smothered in smoked pork-fat hollandaise. Ham and English muffin who?
660 Cambridge St., loyalninecambridge.com
Lobster and Waffles at Saltie Girl
At this fun Back Bay seafood spot, chicken and waffles get a very New England twist. Lobster is dipped in buttermilk and fried until crisp and golden, and then laid atop a fluffy buttermilk waffle. Homemade sweet-corn butter and Thai Bird chili-infused maple syrup seal the deal, making this a sweet and salty, and utterly delicious, meal.
281 Dartmouth St., saltiegirl.com