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7 Lobster Rolls That Come to You

All the Mail-Order Crustaceans, Breads and Condiments Required to Make Lobster Rolls at Home

Image: Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co.

If you're driving along the New England coast during summer, it's hard to go more than a few miles without stopping for lobster. 

Sure, you can wear the bib and crack some claws.

But that's messy. It takes work.

Lobster rolls, on the other hand... those can be swiftly placed into your possession and then consumed like any other sandwich. Except better, because it's a lobster sandwich. 

If you're in New England right now, hey, good for you. Try not to deplete the oceans. For everyone else, here are seven of the best lobster roll kits that you can order online and have shipped to your location—usually overnight. Because, once you've decided to order a lobster roll online, things have clearly gotten serious.

eventide oyster co. lobster rolls
eventide oyster co.

The source: Eventide Oyster Co.
What's inside: Don't let the name fool you. The James Beard Award-winning, Maine-based oyster purveyors also ship a mean lobster roll. The kit includes succulent lobster, brown butter vinaigrette, steamed bao buns and chives for garnish.

luke's lobster roll kit with beers and chips
Luke's Lobster

The source: Luke's Lobster
What's inside: Another Maine-based peddler of crustaceans, Luke's is selling lobster roll kits that serve four-to-eight people and include all the knuckle and claw meat, split-top buns and special seasoning you need. Importantly, you have the option to supplement your lobster rolls with clam chowder or a blueberry pie. So, don't mess that up.

legal sea foods lobster rolls
legal sea foods

The source: Legal Sea Foods
What's inside: This Boston-area favorite is simple and delicious. You can expect lobster, of course, plus house-made lemon mayo, buns and garlic herb butter. They're the perfect party sandwich, if you're open to sharing.

McLoons Lobster Shack lobster roll
McLoons Lobster Shack

The source: McLoons Lobster Shack
What's inside: This family-owned lobster shack is a favorite stop among road-trippers. Fortunately, they will share their bounty with anyone, as evidenced by this kit stocked with lobster meat, split-top rolls, sea salt butter and mayo. Oh, and if you want to (you want to), throw in some sea salt brownies for dessert.

Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. lobster roll
Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co.

The source: Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co.
What's inside: With a pedigree dating back to 1946, Hancock knows its way around a lobster. Their kits include everything you need, from fresh lobster salad and New England rolls to chips, chowder and dessert. Feeling spicy? Opt for the sriracha-honey lobster roll kit.

the lobster guy lobster roll
The Lobster Guy

The source: The Lobster Guy
What's inside: Everyone needs a lobster guy. This is The Lobster Guy. Mail-order kits include lobster from Maine and Nova Scotia, plus New England-style rolls, mayo and fresh celery. After minimal assembly at home, you'll be prepared for any picnic or pool-related scenario that may arise.

a lobster roll from the clam shack
The Clam Shack

The source: The Clam Shack
What's inside: Located in Kennebunkport, Maine, the Clam Shack has been in business since 1968. Leverage that experience to your own benefit and request a lobster roll kit featuring local lobster, fresh rolls, mayo, butter and lemon. But don't stop there. Do yourself a favor and throw in the company's namesake: a fried clam roll kit. Yeah, now you're summering at full throttle.

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