Which state does it better? One famous cook makes the call.

Marc’s On The Grill is a guy who is a grilling and kitchen TV pitchman, who loves barbecuing and grilling. He reviews products that are sent to him from all over the world, that are featured on his gig with Live Shopping TV.

There isn’t a better treat on the grill than a fresh lobster roll, right? Well, Marc decided to break down the difference between two very different ways of consuming them, in a battle of two states, Maine and Connecticut.

Let’s break down the way these two states consume this New England treat:


If the meat is cold, then it’s a Maine lobster roll, baby. Maine lobster rolls are coated with mayonnaise, tarragon and celery or scallions before it’s piled into a bun. It usually is eaten on a “New England” or “Frankfurter” roll, which is buttered on the outside, and toasted to perfection.


Hold the mayo and bring on the butter people! Folks from Connecticut, prefer a lobster roll served warm, and think that one served cold, is basically a “lobster salad roll.” Another difference is what you put on it. A Connecticut roll is just a side of melted butter that you use to put on the meat, right before you take the first bite.

Who is right and who is wrong? I guess that is a matter of personal preference, but it makes for a fun debate between two New England states.

The Best Restaurants in Downeast Maine for Lobster

So when your hungry out-of-state relatives or friends come to our great state, where do you take them for a mouth-watering lobster dinner?

The answer to that often asked question will be top of mind for a lot of Mainers this season, as thousands of tourists, relatives, and friends drive hundreds if not thousands of miles to take in the sights and eat what our state is most famous for, lobster.

Whether it's a lobster salad, in a hot dog roll, a broiled tail, thrown into a pot of boiling sea water, or god forbid, made into a lobster poutine, people near and far crave it, and as soon as they make it into this neck of the woods it'll be what they have for dinner that night.

While each of us already have a few favorite snack bars, take-outs, and restaurants in mind, it would be wrong of this author to pass along those personal suggestions. So, we're going to rely on the reviews of TripAdvisor to point our visitors in the right directions. We've focused on the Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island area, and here is what we found as we count our way up to the #1 most recommended place for lobster Downeast.

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