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A Sandwich a Day: Lobster Roll from Scarborough Lobster in Maine

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[Photographs: Andrew Strenio]

How fast can you make a U-y in the Serious Eats Ford? Pretty darn fast when lobster rolls are involved. Wheeee. We flipped around on Route 1 after passing the "Try Our Famous Lobsta Rolls $9.97" sign at Scarborough Lobster just south of Portland. We parked next to two boats and a truck in the small lot out front. That had to be a good sign.

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Inside behind the counter, the local Scarborough lobsterman who's been working in the family's seafood biz for about ever—the kinda guy who looks like he was born with a net in his hand—was ready to make us a fresh one. How fresh? With knife in hand, he pointed up to the Maine coastal map on the wall, tapping the water just across the road. "These lobsters were just caught."

Fresh lumps of tail and claw meat barely kissed with mayo (this is not a globster roll) go into a classic split-top bun, with a hearty shake of paprika on top.

This whole thing (and a bag of Lay's!) for $10? Really? We weren't suckers for a sign that had bamboozled so many lobster roll lovers before us? Nope. Maine is great like that. This had to be one of the cheapest, freshest, simplest, most satisfying lobster rolls, which we enjoyed on a bench out front.

The only minor complaint: the bun didn't have that toasted, buttery-grilled crisp. It was just a plain squishy bun. Then again, we never asked if they had a griddle. I'm sure if they do, they'd do it. We gobbled ours up too fast to inquire.

Scarborough Lobster
697 US Rt 1, Scarborough ME 04074 (map); 207-883-5398 scarboroughlobster.com

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