Lobster isn’t home to Lake Champlain, but some Chittenden County restaurants still try to bring a taste of the sea to this landlocked state with classic lobster rolls.
Depending on where you go, the fare varies – some lobster rolls have mayonnaise mixed with slabs of crustacean meat, while others contain butter. And one place a little fancy with lemon.
Some restaurants also come with a lake view, while others are no-frills local establishments.
Although it is not an exhaustive list, here are a few places locals and visitors can go to if they crave lobster rolls.
This is one of the few restaurants in downtown Burlington with lobster rolls where customers also won’t be able to see the lake, but that doesn’t seem to detract from the overall dining experience. The restaurant, attached to the Burlington Courtyard Harbor Hotel, has a score of 4.2 out of 5 stars on Google, and 4.3 out of 5 on OpenTable. Lobster rolls only appear on the restaurant’s dinner menu, so you might not be so lucky if you’re hoping to grab them for lunch. Bleu is also one of the more expensive options on this list, but the only price listed for lobster roll on their website is the “market price.”
Blue North East Kitchen25 Cherry Street, Burlington www.bleuvt.com
farmers and foragers
What started as a food truck is now a more permanent seasonal location on Burlington’s waterfront, where food is still served outside, but customers can sit at tables under a tent and enjoy the view of Lake Champlain. Farmers and foragers are also getting into the big debate about lobster rolls by offering their rolls mixed with brown butter. Comments on the restaurant’s social media pages give great lobster reviews. The listed price for a roll is the “market price”.
Farmers and foragers 75 Penny Lane, Burlington. vtfarmersandforagers.com
Rai seafood market and restaurant
We can’t have a list of lobster rolls without including this local establishment. Many locals admit it is a “no frills” eating experience, but Ray has been around for decades and is well known in the community. Begun in 1949, “With one truck, lots of snow, lobsters are hauling out of Maine,” their website says. It became an official restaurant two years later. The restaurant is still family owned and operated. Lobster rolls are one of the least expensive products you can find in Chittenden County, listed at $16.95 on the online menu.
Ray Seafood Market and Restaurant, 7 Pinecrest Drive, Essex Junction.raysseafood.com
This family-owned and operated restaurant has lobster rolls that seem to appear more often on the specials menu than on the main menu, according to its Facebook page. 4 oz. The roll offered can be served hot or cold, and is $22.95.
Rotisserie Family Restaurant1355 Williston Rd, South Burlington
Route 7 Wines and Deli
The liquor and deli store along Shelburne Road might not be the first place people might think of for lobster rolls. At least one Google reviewer wrote that the lobster rolls are “some of the best and finest I’ve had inside.” Another wrote that the Deli’s lobster rolls are “the best deal around and absolutely delicious to boot.” The list price is $18.99, according to the prepared foods list posted on Facebook.
Previous coverage of Route 7 Liquor and Deli:
Route 7 Wines and Deli, 2659 Shelburne Road, Shelburne. facebook.com/lobstahguy
Shanti on the Shore
People eating lobster rolls at Shanty on the Shore can soak up the sun while enjoying views of Lake Champlain. Lobster chunks “lightly dipped” in mayonnaise and celery at this downtown Burlington restaurant. The fee for this experience is listed as the “market price” in the restaurant menu.
Shanti on the Shore, 181 Battery Street, Burlington. shantyontheshore.com/home
Splash in Boot House
If you want to sit next to Lake Champlain, pull up a chair at Splash. The restaurant is adjacent to the waterfront boat mooring spot, so diners literally have a front row seat to the lake activity and the Adirondacks beyond. This restaurant also weighs in on the great mayo-butter debate over their lobster rolls as they make their rolls with a “hint” of mayonnaise. A roll, which also has celery and lemon on a grilled bun, costs $29.
Splash At The Boat House, 0 College Street, Burlington. splashattheboathouse.com
spot on dock
Two blocks from the Splash, another restaurant allows diners a spot on their pier to enjoy even more views of Lake Champlain along with their food. Spot on the Dock is open from mid-May through late September. She has a bit of a spin on the mayonnaise-versus-butter controversy because she makes a lobster roll with lemon. Served on a brioche bun with chips and pickle, the meal costs $30.
spot on the dock, 1 King Street, Burlington.spotonthedock.com
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