Thursday, April 24, 2014
The Clam Shack in Kennebunk won the title of "America's Best Lobster Roll" last night at Tasting Table's Fourth Annual Lobster Roll Rumble in New York.
It was the second year The Clam Shack's roll was chosen the overall winner out of a field of 20 seafood shacks from around the country. More than 1,000 guests at the event, who paid $150 or more to get in, cast votes for their favorite.
Another Maine restaurant, Eventide Oyster Co., won the Editor's Choice Award. Two other Maine eateries also competed - Bite Into Maine, a food truck that serves lobster rolls, and The Galley Restaurant & Pub in Naples.
Tasting Table is an online venture that sends its members a daily email about food and drink.
So, what's so special about the Clam Shack's lobster roll?
It's served on a traditional hamburger-style bun instead of a traditional split roll. The bun, made by a Maine bakery, is slightly sweet. That sweetness, combined with the saltiness of the lobster, confers a salty-sweet taste that the Clam Shack's customers love.
Each Clam Shack lobster roll contains the meat of a one-pound lobster. Customers get a choice of mayo or drizzled butter on top.Tweet
Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.