If you’ve never met a lobster you didn’t like (especially if it comes with a ramekin full of drawn butter and a bib), here’s your August game plan: 45+ preparations – from the simple to the sublime – to satisfy your every crustacean-y craving. Area chefs feature the beloved local delicacy in all its glory – steamed and stir-fried, rolled into sushi or atop plates of hand-crafted pasta, if you prefer. Have a look at all the different ways you can enjoy lobster before summer’s out.
If you pair something as luxurious as lobster with French cuisine, you end up with a sexy sounding dish like Bar Bouloud's Fricassée de Homard “Poivre Rose”. Chef Daniel Boulud's love for his native French food showcases in a beautifully complex lobster dish with Sauterne wine bisque, crème fraîche, braised carrots and leeks. This is definitely an experience not to be missed!
This classic pasta from Abruzzo, chitarra, gets a New England twist with the addition of Scituate lobster. The Australian black winter truffles add an extra element of depth and that umami that you can only get from the much-sought-after fungi. So much luxury on one plate.
Chopps American Bar & Grill
1 Burlington Mall Road Burlington, MA 01803 781-221-6643
A mainstay on the menu since they opened, the lobster tortellini at Chopps has earned itself a loyal following among diners at the Burlington steakhouse. Maybe it's the house-made pasta or the crispy prosciutto but smart money's on the succulent lobster meat that puts this dish over the top.
Coppa's style of pasta — "grano arso" or "burnt grain" adds a touch of nuttiness to the fresh and sweet flavor of roasted tomatoes and succulent lobster in this complex yet approachable dish. They add in basil and agretti crumbs to round out the plate.
Treat yourself to a luscious plate of Lobster Risotto at Davio's Boston. It doesn't have to be Valentine's Day for you to enjoy this swoon-inducing rice-based dish with asparagus, Maine lobster, fresh herbs and lobster cream.
Grab your chopsticks because the futo roll of the season at Empire is the lobster salad roll, which is made with local lobster, marinated Chinese celery and yuzu mayonaise. Or if you're in the mood for something crispier, go for the Two Way Rangoons with lobster and Jonah crab.
1321 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02215 617-545-1060
Boston has been blessed with this brown butter lobster roll at Eventide Fenway, which opened in Fall 2017 as a second location to the original outpost in Portland, Maine. Stop by on your way to the ball park (or after a game or anytime really) to try their most-popular, most-Instagrammed offering, which is available on a gluten-free bun to boot.
970 Great Plain Avenue Needham, MA 02492 781-449-6200
Lobster pairs so well with pappardelle, and The Farmhouse certainly knows this to be true. They use only fresh and seasonal ingredients at the spot, and this dish is no different. Filled with zucchini, peas, cherry tomatoes and tomato saffron sauce, it'll make your tummy happy.
Fin Point lists their lobster ravioli as a starter, but you can totally pass this off as a main meal. Prepared with parmesan corn sauce, vidalia onions & peppers, ricotta zucchini blossoms and cherry tomatoes, this dish delivers a mouthful of textures and tastes. It's as delicious as it looks, and you'll be happy you made a trip to the Financial District.
The Hourly Oyster House
15 Dunster Street Cambridge, MA 02138 617-765-2342
Located in the heart of Harvard Square, The Hourly Oyster House is one of the best seafood-centric spots in the area. They serve their signature New England Lobster Roll, using lobster straight from the restaurant’s 250lb in-house tank. Complete with a touch of mayo, it's served on a griddled roll with fries. Take yours outside on their charming patio in the midst of bustling Cambridge.
326 Commercial Street Boston, MA 02109 857-277-1895
There's something about butter and crumbled Ritz crackers over lobster meat that makes it too tempting to resist. Il Molo's decadent and addictive New England classic is more casserole than pie and nonetheless just as comforting. The pleasant crunch of the crackers counters the tender, buttery lobster meat in a way that can only be described as amazingly delicious.
Island Creek Oyster Bar
500 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215 617-532-5300
Island Creek Oyster Bar is you go-to for all things seafood - especially, local, meticulously sourced seafood. Their signature dish, which features roe noodles topped with grilled lobster, braised short rib, oyster mushroom and pecorino, nothing short of stunning.