A lobster roll poached in hot butter?! Lord, if I’m hit by a truck tomorrow, may it be filled with Neptune Oyster‘s hot, buttered lobster, and my dying breath be the gurgling sound of drawn butter spewing forth from my lips as I prepare for the sweet, sweet embrace of death.
Neptune Oyster in the North End of Boston is famous for massive lobster roll ($25). Served either Maine-style (cold, tossed in mayonnaise) or Connecticut-style (hot, poached in butter) on brioche. It’s also available without the toasted, split-top brioche roll, but why would you do that? There’s enough for two if you want to share, but why would you do that either?
This sandwich fit for a queen is packed with 3 pounds of succulent lobster meat that’s as pink and swollen as my…love for this sandwich. So simple and so delicious, it needs nothing else, yet Neptune Oyster manages to top heaven.
Dip your fries in the delicious drippings, or substitute fries for salad. Neptune Oyster has an incredible selection of seafood–oysters, clams, crabs, shrimp, or our favorite, sea urchin. Tender, pretty little mounds nestled in spiky shells, these edible parts are called the corals, or roe. They’re not sea urchin roe as you might think, but the ovaries. It looks and tastes just like “the orange stuff” in crabs, with good reason—it’s the same part of the animal. Sea urchin has a melt-in-your-mouth, creamy texture that’s delicious with or without the lemon.
Neptune Oyster is always packed no matter when you go, so be prepared. This tiny establishment holds only 26 seats and 18 more at the raw bar, so get ready to be cozy with your neighbor. And watch that no one swipes your lobster roll.
63 Salem Street
Boston, MA 02113
Photo courtesy Neptune Oyster
Mary was born and raised in New York City where her family owned restaurants. Instead of eating dirt on the playground, she ate duck blood, beef tripe and pork belly. She cut her teeth at The Mandarin Oriental and The Ritz-Carlton hotels, working with Barbra Streisand, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe, LeVar Burton, Jane Krakowski and others. Mary founded Girl Meets Food in 2009 as a cover for her debilitating addiction to fried chicken and was named Washington Post’s “Favorite Local Foodie.” After 13 years in hospitality, she started freelance writing for USA Today, The Washington Post, Eater, Washington City Paper, and more. Today, she provides digital marketing for hospitality clients as a content creator who’s contently creating content.