With tomorrow, June 15th, being National Lobster Day, I wanted to share with you what I’ve found to be pretty much the best lobster roll I’ve had on Disney property. I’m very picky when it comes to lobster rolls, and I attribute that to the ten (long) years I lived in Maine. There, I had access to some fantastic restaurants that served them perfectly, so when I moved to Florida, I was pleased two find two restaurants in the area that serve them spot on. Disney has served them during Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival, and they’re just not the way they “should” be, loaded with mayonnaise and vegetable fillers (although 2011′s version got much closer than in years past).
I had noticed the Lobster Roll on BoardWalk Bakery’s menu and saw it in the display case when the restaurant first opened. I thought it looked pretty good and vowed to return to try it. The sandwich is served with your choice of cucumber salad or a bag of chips. I ordered the cucumber salad, and my sandwich was prepared, wrapped and placed in a white to-go box. I went outside to grab a seat to hopefully enjoy *gasp* a lobster roll from Disney World.
Right away, it looked pretty darn good. The lobster meat is mixed with a buttered chive mayo, but it seemed like rather standard mayo to me, though there were bits of chive sprinkled throughout. This was a good thing. The lettuce was crisp and had been properly dried, so it wasn’t making everything else soggy.
There were very few pieces of lobster that were overcooked and became a bit grainy, but they still retained their sweetness. Compared to the rest of the meat on the sandwich, they were relatively rare to fine.
Most of the lobster was perfectly cooked and tender.
The only part that’s not quite there yet is their split top roll. It’s a lot of bread and tends to mask the delicate lobster. However, I could see an unfamiliar guest receiving the sandwich is a split top hot dog bun (as they do up north) and being in disbelief that they just paid $16 for it. Hey, I’ve paid upwards of $22 for it to be on a hot dog bun! In this thicker bun, however, I will say in its defense that it is squishy and not like the dried out buns in the parks. And it certainly wouldn’t stop me from ordering this roll again.
As for the cucumber salad? It was a perfect compliment. Vinegary, a hint of sweetness and crunchy. This meal tasted like summer.
Disney certainly did a great job on the revamp of BoardWalk Bakery, and now I’m happy to know I have a spot I can visit for a lobster roll on property. And not just any lobster roll, and darn satisfying one.
And of course, it’s not National Lobster Day without checking out a few other lobster dishes, right?