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Boston's 7 Hottest Lobster Dishes

By Scott Kearnan  |  June 10, 2014

There is no shortage of lobster dishes in Boston, but we wanted to scour the city for plates that go beyond the traditional lazy man's lobster or mayo-slathered roll. From cupcakes to a creative homage to Boston's culinary history, here are some slightly quirky - but still scrumptious - lobster dishes to devour.

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  • The Nor'easter Burger at Cafe Fleuri

    Surf, meet turf. The Langham Hotel is clearly serious about its summer lobsters; after all, it recently launched a special terrace pop-up dedicated to the crustacean. But if you're debating whether you want your meal by land or by sea, the Nor'easter burger is the best of both worlds: eight ounces of Black Angus beef topped with lobster warmed by butter and tarrgon. Add tomato, lettuce and Maine sea salt. Serve. Right now, please.

    250 Franklin St.; 617-451-1900

  • Lobster Gyoza at Haru

    East Coast meets Eastern cuisine. During Haru's daily "Happy Hour" slots (3 to 7 PM and 10 PM to close), you can get these lobster-stuffed Japanese dumplings for just $8. 

    55 Huntington Ave.; 617-536-0770

  • Lobster Cupcakes at Empire

    The sexy Seaport Pan-Asian puts a spin on the New England classic with these gobble-worthy "cupcakes" made from fresh lobster meat, Kewpie mayo, Sriracha, melted butter, lemon and garlic.

    1 Marina Park Dr.; 617-295-0001

  • USS Lobstitution at Pauli's

    There's nothing inherently creative about a lobster roll, but we have to give a nod to the North End sandwich slinger for upping the ante in a big, big way. Pauli's "USS Lobstitution" has been billed as New England's largest roll: a 24-oz., $50 behemoth that might be a little schticky—but when it comes to lobster, we can't help but believe that more is more.

    65 Salem St.; 857-284-7064

  • Lobster Bao at Red Lantern

    Another Pan-Asian twist on the New England classic, Red Lantern's bao takes two pounds of lobster meat, coats it in Kewpie mayo (an umami-rich Japanese variety made using only egg yolks), and tops it with pea shoots on a toasted mantou bun. 

    39 Stanhope St.; 617-262-3900

  • Winter Place Lobster Stew and Roll at Scampo

    Lydie Shire pays creative tribute to Boston dining history with this menu item, a reimagining of the famed JFK Lobster Stew that Shire served at Boston's late, venerable fine-dining institution Locke-Ober. (Where she made history in 2001 by becoming the first female chef at the former men-only club.) The stew, JFK's favorite dish, was served at Locke-Ober from 1875 until it closed in 2012. Shire is using the same recipe for the stew (cream sherry, tomato paste, parsley and lobster meat),  But she updates it with a mini lobster roll, the meat dressed in mayo, celery, chives and lemon.

    215 Charles St.; 617-536-2100

  • Vanilla Butter-Poached Lobster at Bastille Kitchen

    Doors are about to open at this huge Fort Point bistro, and we recently took a look at some of the dishes you'll find inside. One we hadn't yet revealed is this gorgeous lobster poached with vanilla butter and served with braised fennel and sweet-potato hash. We can't wait to get our claws into it. 

    49 Melcher St.; 617-556-8000