by Brandon Bell
From the time I set foot on New England soil I felt a deep sense of Colonial History creep upon me. From the cranberrie fields to cosmopolitan Boston, entrenched in this land of foliage and creeks, and rivers are some key sites of where America got its start.
James Hook & co. was where I got my start
Fresh off the plane, and in search of some authentic Massachuesetts Lobster Roll I bumped into this place while in downtown Boston. They are open fairly early (9a.m.) and feature the mornings catch. For sale are live Lobster & Blue Crab as well as steamed crab claw, steamed Lobster and Oysters shucked on the raw. I opted for a protein and cholesterol laden breakfast of Oysters and Chilled in Mayonnaise – New England Style Lobster Roll.
When butter and lump Lobster meat combine great things happen! Served warm and on a toasted buttered roll and then drenched in more butter, the Connecticut style is hands down my favorite rendition of the lobster roll and according to the locals, ‘Neptunes Oyster’ is the only place to get it!
Connecticut style which is considered the traditional style [Lobster Roll], is thought to have gotten its start at ‘Perry’s’ restaurant in Connecticut in the late 1920’s. Its popularity quickly spread throughout New England with more and more hot dog stands beginning to offer chopped Lobster meat in butter on a hotdog roll.
Nowadays the dish can be found near most fisheries where Lobster reside and vary between both Connecticut or New England style.