Are you a fan of lobster rolls? I am. Found at lobster shacks, roadside stands and fancier restaurants throughout the state of Maine, lobster rolls are now gaining popularity throughout the country for one reason & one reason only. These sandwiches are delicious! I feel it is important that the sandwich be filled to the brim with fresh, cold lobster taken from the tail & claw, and that the bun be either toasted or warmed, and lightly buttered. Whether you like your lobster filling mixed with mayonnaise or butter, the condiment should be used judiciously, and to my mind, there should be no other “filler”. It’s perfectly fine for me if a small amount of fresh herbs or a kiss of lemon juice finds its way into the filling, but that should be it.
On my quest for such a sandwich, I was recently lead to a wonderful eatery called The Green Bean in the beautiful town of Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. I had been told by several people that this place served a pretty delectable lobster roll, so I went in to find out for myself.
The Lobster Roll at The Green Bean
What arrived at my table was just what I was after. The sandwich was packed with the most delicious lobster meat and with it, I was served a mesclun salad of baby greens, along with the typical side of kettle potato chips. I’m so glad I was given several napkins, because I wasted no time in devouring the roll with gusto. Pure heaven! I don’t think it took more than 5 minutes to finish that meal (shhh, don’t tell anyone!).
This famous lobster roll at The Green Bean is the perfect blend of tail, knuckle & claw meat that is very lightly enhanced with mayonnaise, in addition to the right amount of lemon juice. A small sprinkling of freshly snipped chives to top it off and that completes the roll. The bun is lightly buttered to enhance the flavor, so what you end up with is what a true lobster roll should be.
Thankfully, chef & owner, Tammin, graciously allowed me to take a few photographs of his wonderful lobster roll for me to show you. Trust me when I tell you that this sandwich is well worth the price. Just get over the sticker shock & order one. You won’t regret it whatsoever.
Just so you know, The Green Bean was voted Best of The Main Line & Western Suburbs in 2012 by Main Line Today.
Have a look!
Perfection! If you take a closer look you'll notice the combination of lobster meat I mentioned. You can't even see the mayonnaise, but it's there.
The mesclun salad is generous and artfully piled onto the very modern plates used by The Green Bean. What you must understand, however, is that the red wine vinaigrette is phenomenal! After the lobster roll, the salad dressing comes in second. What's more, I got the chef to give me a list of the ingredients, so I'm going to attempt to recreate it at home to share with you in the near future. Stay tuned!
Kettle chips down the hatch!
The Green Bean
358 Righters Mill Road