Gather friends and family for a beachfront-inspired party at home with these lobster-roll kits. Pros will ship all the goods—including meat, mayo and buns—for the perfect lobster roll straight to your doorstep.
The Lobster Place, Chelsea, New York
For lobster-roll delivery, the Chelsea Market shop will create a neatly packed picnic box to addresses below 96th Street in Manhattan. The charming packages come stocked with potato chips, oatmeal-raisin cookie a choice of root beer, lemon-lime soda or iced tea, along with the signature lobster roll (chunks of Maine lobster, scallions, celery, lemon juice, mayonnaise and a dusting of lemon pepper in a toasted top-split bun). Delivery costs and pricing vary depending on the number of rolls and location. For more information and to order, call 212-255-5672 or visit lobsterplace.com. From $100 (includes delivery).
The Clam Shack, Kennebunkport, Maine
This seaside summertime destination, located on the southern coast of Maine, draws lines winding down the block to the joint’s takeout window. Avoid the wait and order the Original Lobster Roll Kit for home delivery. The package includes one to two pounds of daily-caught, handpicked local Kennebunkport lobster meat, house-made mayonnaise and buns from 100-year-old Reilly’s Bakery. A recipe card will guide you through butter-griddling the rolls and assembly, plus a greeting card from owner and lauded lobsterman Steve Kingston adds a friendly personal touch. To order call 207-967-3321; theclamshack.net. $75–$130 (plus shipping).
Sea Salt Lobster, Saco, Maine
If you’re looking for a traditional New England feast, this lobster-roll kit has got you covered. The temperature-controlled insulated box is filled with two pounds of cooked Gulf of Maine lobster, eight rolls from local Country Kitchen bakery and four 18-ounce soups (choices include clam chowder, Rockport lobster bisque and down-east seafood chowder). For more information and to order, visit seasaltlobster.com. $139.99 (plus shipping).
Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co., Cundy’s Harbor, Maine
This family-run operation ships from Maine’s oldest commercial lobstering community, Cundy’s Harbor. The lobster-roll kit—whose fans include Oprah Winfrey—includes lobster salad mixed with Hellmann’s mayo, salt and pepper; six New England split-top rolls from Lepage Bakeries; and a beloved regional treat: six Labadie’s Bakery whoopie pies. For more information and to order, visit hancockgourmetlobster.com. $99.95 (plus shipping).
The Lobster Net, Brewer, Maine
Aspiring DIYers should check out this pack: Unlike most lobster-roll kits, it requires a bit of cooking. The set—including six Country Kitchen rolls, two pounds of Sorrento, Maine, lobster meat, clarified butter, lemon, bibs, place mats and Wet- Naps—instructs home cooks on sautéeing the lobster in butter and adding a splash of lemon for a bright, acidic pop. There’s also an eight-page cookbook with other tips for preparing lobster tails, clams and other bivalves, all available online. For more information and to order, visit thelobsternet.com. $159–$319 (plus shipping).
The Lobster Guy, Narragansett, Rhode Island
Shipped straight from Rhode Island, this kit includes handpicked crustacean meat, Hellmann’s mayo, fresh celery and New England frankfurter rolls. Unfortunately, these lobsta rolls don’t come with a local Narragansett tall boy, but a trip to your corner bodega should offer a swift remedy. For more information and to order, visit thelobsterguy.com. $75–$140 (shipping included, Saturday delivery $20).
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