I was very skeptical this year regarding Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine Lobster Roll. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s always been mostly a mayonnaise laden chopped vegetable salad with very little lobster meat. I had seen some people walking away from the Hops & Barley kiosk this year when buying the Claw Cuddler and thought it looked like it could be promising. There appeared to be a fair amount of meat that hadn’t been stretched with mayonnaise and veggies. I decided I would give it a try.
Immediately I could see this was primarily claw meat with some herbs sprinkled on top. No mayonnaise, no fillers. The rolls was properly a split top roll, although this was slightly more dense than you’d get up north. The sides of the bread could have used a bit of butter and some time on the grill to toast it up; if they did in fact do this, they didn’t do a very good job of it, at least not on mine.
There were two decent pieces of claw meat in the roll, but it wasn’t enough in proportion to the amount of bread. The claw meat used in this roll was better than what I removed from the Claw Cuddler, so they had better preparation and holding of this item. While still not the exactly the way I’ve enjoyed them for years, this is the closest I’ve seen them come to the real thing. It certainly gives me hope for the future of this item, especially if they can make it more than two bites and keep the price from going up!
If you’ve tried the New England Lobster Rolls in years past, how did this years “Perfect Maine” version stack up?