It was a brave person who first decided they were hungry enough to eat a lobster. It’s still daunting to be presented with a whole lobster and have to plan your attack. Still more amazing are chopstick adepts who can eat hacked lobster with those slippery sticks. So many thanks to Perry’s, a restaurant in Milford, Connecticut, which supposedly served the first lobster roll as early as 1929.
But even more thanks to Ben and Lorin Smaha’s Freshies, which recently opened a lcoation in Salt Lake City. Down East magazine named the lobster roll from Freshies in Park City, Utah, “The World’s Best Lobster Roll.” So the rolls at SLC’s own Freshie’s must be at least second best, right?
They (yes, I’ve eaten several) are certainly the best lobster rolls I’ve had since my last trip to Maine. Served in a buttered and toasted top-slit bun, there’s not much more to these lobster rolls than lobster. Which is the point. Discernable claw and tail meat chunks overflowed the bun. Served simply with kettle chips, we found the Real Mainah (3.7 oz. lobster meat) not enough, so we went back and ordered the XL, eschewing the blueberry chicken, the lobster salad, the grilled cheese sandwich and lots of other stuff I’m sure is perfectly good. But, lobster.
Be warned: Although way back in the day lobster was called a “poor man’s food,” it’s not now. Lobster rolls at Freshie’s are $12–$26. To me, they’re worth every cent—I can’t put a price on delicious.
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