10+ Experiences for Rhody Lobster Enthusiasts

Unique spins on a classic coastal seafood entree that think outside the bun

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Any New Englander with an affinity for shellfish has had a lobster roll – and countless restaurants in the Ocean State have mastered this sandwich – but whether steamed, boiled, grilled, or fried, this juicy crustacean is versatile as an upscale entree straight from the tank or a beach snack on the go. Here’s a handful of creative options to get your claws on this summer.

 

Noodles

With a track record of serving seafood on the waterfront since 1969, Evelyn’s
Drive-In
has fine-tuned their approach to shellfish with several seafood staples, but it’s Evelyn’s Lobster Chow Mein, as seen on Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives, that put them in the guidebooks with five ounces of tender lobster served over crispy noodles with gravy. Tiverton

Pasta

Used in the filling of a rich ravioli with sherry sauce is always a great choice – and you can find this dish at Il Massimo – but also on the menu is whole lobster out of the shell over Black Squid Ink Spaghetti with a cream sauce and seasonal mushrooms. Brunch lovers: How about Lobster Crepes? Providence

 

Lite

Though always a worthy indulgence, lobster can take the shape of lighter fare, too. At Jimmy’s Portside there’s the Lobster Salad Plate on a bed of greens instead of a roll (though that’s available, too, in hot or cold form). With celery, lettuce, tomato, and just a smear of mayo, their lobster BLT sits on the more satisfying end of the spectrum for beach fare, too. Narragansett

 

Sushi

It’s a lobster roll – but not the kind on a bun. Kabuki Asian Sushi Lounge offers a refreshing and summery raw context with the likes of their Painted Lady, Paradise, and especially the Golden Dragon Roll: Shrimp tempura and avocado topped with lobster salad, mango, roe, and BBQ eel sauce. Wakefield

 

Sandwich

Lindy’s Tavern is a neighborhood bar that boasts large, hearty portions and seafood-forward options, including a shellfish spin on an Irish sandwich that traditionally uses corned beef. The Lobster Reuben takes risks to combine a Maine catch with melted Swiss, sauerkraut, and thousand island dressing, and it pays off. Forestdale

 

Pizza

An obvious choice for this seafood staple, The Lobster Pot honors tradition with a raw bar of local catches and lobster served in all the classic styles, but they’re not afraid to experiment with their namesake fare, either. Lobster Pizza levels up a cheesy pie with tender meat out of the shell, artichoke, and asparagus. Bristol

 

Poutine

Lobster appears often in the Lucky Dog Tavern’s menu of casual Americana eats (think stuffed mushrooms, seafood cakes, grilled cheese, and more), but perhaps most unique is poutine with a base of crispy tater tots, fried cheese curds, and sherry sauce, all topped with juicy morsels of lobster. North Smithfield

 

Upscale

Come for the oysters, stay for the stuffed lobster and iconic “Tower.” Matunuck Oyster Bar literally elevates their shellfish fare with Pass the Tower, a raw bar specialty that features a chilled whole lobster, Point Judith Jonah crab, and tuna poké over seaweed salad on a dual-level serving platter. South Kingstown

 

Fritters

Whole boiled lobster is the main event at The Nordic seafood buffet, but seeing the popularity of small bites like their fritters, the a la carte menu for their recently expanded outdoor venue now includes light, fluffy Lobster Fritters with a cup of creamy bisque for the perfect handheld combo. Charlestown

 

Mexican

Though originally a seasonal special, folks couldn’t get enough of the Lobster Quesadillas from Perro Salado. Prepared with poached lobster and cotija cheese and a side of arugula salad, fresh corn from local farmers substitutes shitake mushrooms in the summer. Watch for a torta and savory flan also starring this fluffy meat Newport

 

Mac n Cheese

Sometimes you just want your lobster smothered in creamy cheese sauce – and Top of the Bay is here for you. Fresh, tender meat and fusilli pasta is tossed in the perfect blend of cheddar jack, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese to concoct this seafood mac entree. Warwick

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