You can’t beat a hot and buttery lobster roll from James Hook and Company. | Photo by @nycwithcayla
Is there anything more quintessential for New England eats than a lobster roll? Everyone has an opinion and wants to share it by the pound when it comes to this iconic summer sandwich.
This succulent seafood catch is a pretty big deal for our region. In 2022, the industry caught ~98 million pounds of lobster, which is worth an estimated $389 million.
If you’re curious about the history of this native New England dish, let’s dive a little deeper.
There’s no denying their deep roots to the New England states; however, lobster rolls can also be traced back to the Canadian Maritimes region, comprised of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. The roll was historically enjoyed by the people who caught the crustaceans, aka the lobstermen, when they would eat the unsold catch.
Today, lobster rolls can be spotted on menus everywhere, from food trucks to award-winning establishments.
But who did it first? Rumor has it, the first lobster roll dates back to the 1920s at a restaurant called Perry’s in Milford, Connecticut where the owner whipped up a quick sandwich for a traveling salesman.
This grilled sandwich picked up in popularity across Connecticut and resulted in lobster shacks popping up along East Coast towns in the 1950s. Others might be more familiar with the Reds Eats food stand in Maine, which helped put the sandwich on the map in the 1970s.
Maybe that’s why there are two popular styles of lobster rolls. Connecticut-style features warm lobster served with melted butter on a toasted bun, while Maine-style will serve up chunks of lobster tossed with a dressing made of mayonnaise and seasoned with salt and pepper.
To celebrate the special day dedicated to the crustaceans, scroll down to The Wrap for two specials so you can raise a roll or two.
Radio’s Greatest Moments | Monday, Sept. 25 | 1:30 p.m. | Boston Public Library — Roslindale, 4246 Washington St., Roslindale | Free | Join amateur radio historian Richard King for a recap of the golden age of radio with clips of old shows + learn about some of the greatest radio moments.
Måneskin | Monday, Sept. 25 | 8:30 p.m. | TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston | $40-$150 | See the “DON’T WANNA SLEEP” artists on the local “Rush World Tour” stop.
Tuesday, Sept. 26
Gallery Night Tuesdays | Tuesday, Sept. 26 | 6-8 p.m. | Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles St., Boston | Free | Support the local art scene while viewing Ruby Salvo’s pieces + enjoy complimentary local cheeses.
Wednesday, Sept. 27
Seaport Spark: Integrating Biology and Circuitry | Wednesday, Sept. 27 | 6:30 p.m. | The Paseo, 111 Harbor Way, Boston | Free | Join a conversation with expert panelists to explore how artists and scientists are discovering new ways of seeing intelligence, design, and information processing.
Thursday, Sept. 28
Bachelor in Paradise Screening | Thursday, Sept. 28 | 8:30-11 p.m. | Lamplighter Broadway, 284 Broadway, Cambridge | Free | Kick off the new season of “Bachelor in Paradise” with a screening in the back room — seating is first come, first served.
The Massachusetts Port Authority board plans to develop a income-restricted 224,000-sqft residential project in the Seaport. The joint venture development will bring a 15-story, 200-unit apartment building to D Street with retail space and a child care center. (Boston Business Journal)
The Cornerstone is cooking up a new location at 282 Beacon St. in Somerville. If this sounds familiar, it was the former space of R.F. O’Sullivan & Son. We will keep an eye out for timeline announcements for the new restaurant and sports bar. (Boston Restaurant Talk)
The Patriots have added a new quarterback to the team after signing Will Grier from the Cincinnati Bengals’ practice squad. Grier will be on the 53-man roster for at least three weeks with Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe. (Boston.com)
You knead to know that Fiorella’s Express in Brighton has closed. The Italian eatery served up pizza and other takeout dishes for 13 years. Stop by the other Trattoria locations in Belmont, Lexington, and Wellesley, plus the Cucina locations in Concord + Newton. (Boston Restaurant Talk)
94%. That’s now many graduate students at Northeastern University voted to unionize. Now, ~3,000 research and teaching assistants will be represented by the Graduate Employees of Northeastern University - United Auto Workers union. (Boston Globe)
This brand believed there was a way to take water and make it a little more perfect by infusing it with fruit essences (but none of the gross diet sweeteners, calories, or sugar). And the fruit flavors really taste like fruit. Groundbreaking. Plus, new customers get 36 bottles for $36 + free shipping.*
Massachusetts will receive $108 million in federal funds for rail infrastructure upgrades. | Photo by @rome_photography257
Governor Maura Healey and officials from MassDOT + Amtrak announced that Massachusetts has been awarded a $108 million grant for key rail infrastructure upgrades that will allow faster, more frequent passenger train service between Springfield and Boston.
Earlier this year, MassDOT applied for a federal grant through the USDOT’s Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement program.
Here’s how the money will be spent:
Upgrade tracks and signals to meet federal standards for a “Class 4" railroad for rail trips between Boston and Springfield. Read: The Amtrak trains will be able to run at speeds up to 80 mph and reduce the time to ~2 hours and 10 minutes.
Add another passing track for the route to allow more trains to use the corridor. Currently, about 12 trains share the ~54 miles between Worcester and Springfield.
Upgrade bottlenecks on the 54-mile section of railroad that from Worcester to Springfield.
If you’re hungry for lobster specials today, try a mini lobster roll flight at Back Bay’s OAK Long Bar + Kitchen for $35 or hit up a Legal Sea Foods for a mini lobster roll + the creamy lobster bisque for $25.