Lobster, Minus the Bib

While it’s hard to imagine that anyone in Maine could get tired of eating lobster, there are more ways to enjoy it beyond classic lobster rolls and steamed dinners. These dishes show how local restaurants get creative with the state’s favorite crustacean.

Lobster Longevity Noodles | Empire Chinese Kitchen

For those who don’t mind a little mess, this dish is worth the work it takes to eat. A whole lobster in the shell is split into pieces and stir fried with ginger and scallions before being served over wide rice noodles with tamari and shaoxing wine.

Truffled Lobster Mac and Cheese | Five Fifty-Five

Macaroni and cheese isn’t often associated with upscale dining, but at Five Fifty-Five, it’s a crowd favorite. With butter-poached lobster chunks, black truffles, chives, white truffle oil, and a béchamel sauce enriched with five types of cheese, this dish does not disappoint.

Brown Butter Lobster Roll | Eventide

For one of its most popular dishes, Eventide puts a twist on a classic Maine staple—the lobster roll. Their version includes a steamed Asian bun stuffed with fresh lobster warmed in brown butter vinaigrette, making it truly one of a kind.

Lobster Roll | Miyake

Miyake redefines the phrase “lobster roll” with its unique lobster sushi. The lobster meat is broiled and rolled in a black sesame soy paper wrap with spicy kewpie mayo, tobiko, and truffle oil.

Lobster BLT | Bull Feeney’s

For this item, Bull Feeney’s gives the classic bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich an instant upgrade by adding lobster. Generous portions of claw and knuckle meat make for a filling and delicious lunch pick.

Lobster Tacos | Sea Glass at Inn by the Sea

Head to Cape Elizabeth for this delicious appetizer by chef Andrew Chadwick. The dish includes four small tacos filled with lobster meat from Alewives Brook Farm, serrano jam, pickled cucumber, and avocado mousse.

Deep Fried Lobster on a Stick | Susan’s Fish-n-Chips

There’s something about eating food on a stick that just screams summer. At Susan’s, deep-fried lobster tails are speared for easy eating. Call ahead, though—these crispy treats are subject to availability.

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