For the fourth year, Tasting Table held their Lobster Roll Rumble in anticipation of this upcoming summer lobster roll season. This event has become more and more popular each year, enticing many more guests to come and indulge, which required setting up shop at the large Metropolitan Pavilion event space.
Lobster roll vendors came from across state lines to partake in this friendly competition of who gets to be crowned America’s Best Lobster Roll for 2013. 20 of the best lobster roll restaurants came to show off their goods to a slew of hungry guests.
Don Julio was one of the main sponsors of the evening, keeping everyone refreshed with delicious, summery tequila cocktails.
For non-alcoholic beverages, FUZE was giving out bottle of iced tea. Opt for the regular and diet lemon iced tea flavor, or jazz it up with the honey and ginsing green iced tea. My personal favorite was the strawberry red iced tea – which would also mix great in cocktails!
The lobster roll competition contenders included past champion Luke’s Lobster, even showing us where specifically in Maine the delicious batch of lobsters came from.
The Mermaid Inn‘s rolls were packed with herbs, giving it a punch of flavor. As you noshed, they had their full menu on display to entice you to go to their restaurant and try the full version, as well as other delicious seafood dishes.
The popular vote for America’s Best Lobster Roll went to: The Clam Shack! Congrats on the big win!
While all of the lobster rolls I tried were absolutely delicious, I would have to agree with the Editors’ Choice: Eventide Oyster Co. The lobster sat on an Asian-style steamed bun, and the lobster was immersed in its own juices and warm butter. Definitely one of the more unique styles of the evening.
For some diversity, a slew of desserts were also offered. Haagen-Dazs offered up some salted caramel ice cream, and we pocketed a few Salty Road saltwater taffies for the way home. DOUGH donuts are taking over NYC by storm in their glorious assortment of fantastic flavors.
We had a fantastic feast and are excited to check out even more lobster rolls all summer! See below for the full list of lobster roll contenders, and check out Tasting Table’s Facebook album for even more fantastic photos.
Photos by Socially Superlative