To my loyal reader base:
If I left you hanging (or salivating), I apologize. I did go off to Maine. My husband and I did buy a house-in Harpswell. If you are not acquainted with this quaint coastal community, read about it here, or better yet come visit us! And I did take time out to demolish a lobster roll.
So what is it about this “sandwich” that people drive for hours so they can have “the best lobster roll in Maine”; engage in heated discussion about the other ingredients besides chunks of succulent lobster meat or whether it should be served hot or cold; and pay $16 and up for lobster on a hot dog bun? The answer: I’m not at all sure. For some people, it just seems like the thing to do-something like, when in Maine… For others, I suspect they crave the familiarity and comfort of their particular tradition-whether it is stopping at the first convenience store after crossing over the state line into Maine or making the trek (I’ve heard of people driving 12 hours) to Red’s Eats where they stand in a line that often wraps around the corner. Red's boasts that each lobster roll contains all the meat from a one-pound lobster and more. And lastly, some folks just plain love the taste of lobster-any way they can get it.
For me, I suppose it is a combination of all of the above. I admit it: my name is Ronnie and I have stood in line at Red’s. I have stopped at convenience stores to get my lobster roll fix and I have just begun to take the seafood stroll down the Harpswell Peninsula. I like mine with huge chunks of lobster mixed with a small amount of mayo- just enough to hold the lobster together and then piled high on a lightly toasted hot dog bun drizzled with warm, melted butter. Pure decadence. Eat in or take out-it all works for me.
How about you? How far will you travel for a good lobster roll? Hot or cold? Mayo? What's your image of the perfect lobster roll?