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Connecticut Lobster Roll: Costello’s Clam Shack

Connecticut lobster rolls are warm, buttery sandwiches usually served on New England-style hot dog buns. Where can you find the best lobster roll in Connecticut? Follow along as I head around the state to find the most drool-worthy Connecticut lobster roll. New England travel isn’t complete without trying one of these delicious sandwiches.

Costello’s Clam Shack in Noank is an open-air eatery overlooking the picturesque harbor where New England classics are dished up daily during the tourist season. With two floors of seating and a wide variety of choices on the menu from basic burgers to fried clams, this clam shack is a fun stop on a summer day where you can enjoy good food overlooking the water.

Nearby Mystic, I headed to Costello’s to try their famed hot lobster roll. So, was this the best lobster roll in Connecticut?

The hot lobster roll at Costello’s isn’t your typical Connecticut lobster roll. Costello’s has crafted a towering sandwich served on a toasted hamburger bun (that’s right: no hot dog buns here!). The lobster is plentiful and piled so high it’s more than a mouthful. (Hint: push down the sandwich a little and the lobster will shift in a more mouth-friendly shape.)

The Fixin’s

The lobster roll at Costello’s comes with coleslaw, a pickle and a bag of chips. Cost: $15.95

The Verdict on this Connecticut Lobster Roll

I really loved this lobster roll since it had so many big chunks of warm lobster and was so buttery. The fact that it’s a little different makes it special too. It’s definitely worth a try if you are in the area.

This is based on a 2011 visit. To learn more about Costello’s Clam Shack, check out my full write-up on Sarah’s Cucina Bella >> Connecticut Eats: Costello’s Clam Shack.

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Patti Villers

Friday 12th of July 2013

P.S. I love your blog header..pretty photo.

Patti Villers

Friday 12th of July 2013

Hi Sarah,

I have been wanting a good, old-fashioned Connecticut-style, lobster roll (not lobster salad!) for ages.

Ralph and I (and maybe our kids) will have to get there this summer.

Sounds scrumptious!

Thanks for the info about Costello's Clam Shack.