Best Lobster Rolls in Utah … Maybe the World?
”By Brandon O.Published March 2021
W hen you think of fresh lobster, I bet New England comes to mind. Not Utah! Surprisingly, Utah has a competitive lobster scene, right here in the Rockies. In fact, several restaurants even import fresh lobster from Maine, daily!
We’ve compiled a list of the best lobster rolls in the state. Around 600 of our followers voted on their favorite restaurants. Next, we taste-tested and weighed the most popular. Not all dishes are created equals. Here are the results and our review of each lobster roll:
Traditional Lobster Roll | 24 — 4oz of Lobster
Slapfish flies in their lobster from Maine, two to three times per week. Expect large pieces of claws and tail. It comes smothered in mayo, light butter, and garnished with chives. The seafood comes stuffed inside a Texas-toast style bun. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
I’ve eaten here many times and the lobster has always tasted pretty fresh. Yet, the lobster is semi-overcooked and a little chewy. I would have preferred it cut into smaller pieces, making it easier to eat. The balance of the butter to mayo ratio is off too. We found ourselves wanting more butter flavor. Otherwise, a good roll.
Connecticut Roll | $15 — 3oz of Lobster
For the value, this is our typical go-to lobster roll in Salt Lake City! It’s around $6 to $9 cheaper than competitors. It’s smaller too but looks large due to the presentation. The restaurant informed us that fresh lobster is flown in daily. Chefs sauté the lobster in garlic butter. Then they finish it with fresh herbs and chives. The meat comes finely cut, making it easy to consume inside a light, crispy Texas-toast style bun. We found the portions and flavors to be well balanced. Not to mention, it’s as good or better than anything we’ve had on the East Coast!
Real Mainah Lobster Roll | $21 — 3.7oz of Lobster
This roll is the real deal and started the lobster movement here in Utah! In fact, it won a prestigious lobster roll competition in Maine itself, beating East Coast legends. What it lacks in presentation it makes up for in taste. It’s every bit as good as others I’ve enjoyed near the Atlantic.
Freshie’s New England style hot dog bun is the perfect vessel for the 3.7 ounces of lobster. It’s light, warm, moist, and holds its integrity, despite the mountain of wet seafood. The lobster comes tossed in the perfect ratio of mayo to butter. Then it’s seasoned with fresh herbs (chives, thyme, and oregano). Expect large pieces of claws and tail. I would have preferred it cut into smaller pieces, but otherwise, everything was on point!
* IMPORTANT! Allergy options presented are based on speaking with the restaurant and/or online research. The actual food prepared in any of the listed restaurants may contain the following ingredients: milk, eggs, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, or other allergens. If you have a food allergy, please notify your server before consuming any food and be aware of cross-contamination. Thank you.