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6 Delicious Lobster Rolls to Try This Summer

Our favorites around Washington.
Where can you find the best lobster rolls in Washington? Spots like Mason's (pictured), Hank's, Red Hook and more. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Hank’s Oyster Bar

Dupont Circle, Capitol Hill, and Alexandria locations

It doesn’t get much better than sitting outside at Hank’s—all three locations boast patios—and ordering a lobster roll dinner with Old Bay-spiced fries ($25). The buttery top-split buns are stuffed with a generous amount of claw and tail meat, lightly dressed in creamy mayo and celery for crunch. Make it an all-lobster meal with an order of lobster deviled eggs to start.

Legal Seafood’s lobster roll satisfies a classic craving. Photograph by Flickr user roboppy.

Legal Sea Foods

Penn Quarter, Arlington, and Tysons Corner locations

This Boston-based chain doesn’t mess around when it comes to fresh lobster. Lunchtime rolls can be ordered in the style of Maine (mayo) or Connecticut (butter), and are heaped with sweet meat (market price, $26.95 at the time of this post).

Luke’s Lobster rolls are tossed with both mayo and lemon-butter. Photograph by Flickr user roboppy.

Luke’s Lobster

Georgetown, Penn Quarter, and Bethesda locations

There’s a reason this New York-born lobster shop has grown in Washington: it dishes up simple, delicious rolls ($16). The fresh Maine meat is tossed with mayo and a dash of lemon-butter, and tucked into a toasty bun. A big perk for the celiac crowd: Luke’s offers gluten-free buns.

Mason’s keeps it simple and fresh, which couldn’t taste better. Photograph by Scott Suchman.


Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls

88 Main St., Annapolis

We usually head to Annapolis for crabs, but this cozy shop offers another destination-worthy crustacean: Maine lobster. Owner Dan Beck sources the best meat he can find, and doesn’t obscure the sweet morsels with too much mayo or seasoning. Go classic, or try a Connecticut-style roll doused in warm drawn butter ($12.95).

PassionFish dishes up a meaty lobster roll. Photograph via Facebook.

PassionFish

11960 Democracy Dr., Reston

Chef Jeff Tunks’s seafood spot is know for its high-quality sourcing, from sushi to whole grilled fish. The Maine-style lobster roll is no different. Hunks of tail meat is mixed with sweet claw, and served atop bibb lettuce and a toasty bun. Crispy sweet potato fries make an unconventional—but absolutely addictive—side ($23).

Grab rolls on the go from the Red Hook Lobster Pound food truck. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Red Hook Lobster Pound Food Truck

Frequent stops in DC and Virginia

Washington’s food truck scene has changed since Red Hook arrived in the first wave of street vendors. Thankfully nothing about the quality of the New York-based operation is different, and they’re dishing out some of the freshest lobstah in town. Tired of the classics? Try a lobster BLT with thick-cut bacon ($15.95).

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Anna Spiegel
Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.