Perry’s served the first lobster roll in Milford, Connecticut, in the 1920s. The rolls then spread throughout New England, including right next door in Rhode Island. My little state has many great lobster rolls to choose from. There are many variations, but a lobster roll must have lobster meat on a roll, often a hot dog roll. The roll can be served cold, toasted, or brushed with butter. The meat can also be hot or cold, slathered in butter, or mixed with mayonnaise. Which way do you prefer your lobster roll? I must admit I love a lobster roll in all its forms. Certain ones stand out to me as the best lobster roll in Rhode Island, and I wanted to share them with my readers. If you have had Rhode Island lobster rolls, do you agree with my choices?
Easton’s Beach Snack Bar
175 Memorial Blvd, Newport
These lobster rolls top many Rhode Islanders’ list of best lobster rolls. This is truly a beach snack bar with all the normal offerings, but they also offer fairly inexpensive lobster rolls stuffed with meat! They offer both types of lobster rolls, so this is a great place to test out which kind you love the most. These twin rolls are only $18.95 and served with fries. Another plus is that you can eat at their tables or walk out onto First Beach to enjoy your meal. If you visit in season, you will need to pay for parking, but I often get these rolls in shoulder season to not deal with the crowds.
151 Admiral Kalbfus Rd
I am a big fan of food with different textures but actually don’t usually like fish eggs. However, the lobster roll at Nomi Park in the Wayfinder Hotel is my favorite in the state. There is no water view, but the lobster roll is more than worth the visit, and the Mad Men vibe will transport you to a different time. A toasted bun, mounds of lobster meat, fried shallots, and trout roe– this is an extraordinary lobster roll. And at Nomi Park, you can enjoy an adult beverage with your roll.
Monahan’s Clam Shack
190 Ocean Rd, Narragansett
Set on the water near Narragansett Town Beach, Monahans offers both types of lobster rolls as well. Be sure to get their New England clam chowder and clam cakes to complete your meal. And they have ice cream for after dinner or lunch. Expect long lines for this Narragansett favorite. The lobster roll is served without fries.
Matunuck Oyster Bar
629 Succotash Rd, South Kingstown
Matunuck Oyster Bar is one of my favorite Rhode Island restaurants. This upscale restaurant set on the oyster-producing waters of Potter Pond excels in everything they serve, sourcing most ingredients locally. I like to get a side salad with my lobster roll, which is lightly dressed with mayonnaise and celery sitting atop a split-top buttery, toasted roll.
Do you agree with my favorites? Where in Rhode Island do you think has the best lobster roll? If you think it’s your restaurant, I would be happy to come to take your challenge to see if you can be added to this list.