I mentioned in my Martha’s Vineyard report that my idea of a perfect lobster roll included celery. This was highly offensive to Joey of Gloucester, who strongly believes aperfect lobster roll includes only lobster meat, mayo, and the grilled buttered hot dog bun. He told me so in a pointed comment, then helpfully concluded with a link to a post on his blog about How to F^@k Up a Lobster Roll, which you may read here.
As a native of Massachusetts, I have great respect for the seafood sensibilities of fellow Massholes, especially one from Gloucester. Maybe mayo is the only necessary accoutrement , and my taste for celery betrays an addiction to superfluous things. Does the fact that I want celery mean I’m a poser? I pondered this for oh, about 30 seconds.
Fast forward one week, to my office. My fellow editor Lynette cruises in, fresh from a trip up to Rhode Island. Along the way, she and her boyfriend stopped at Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tale Restaurant in CT for their lobster roll. Forget celery and mayo, this one is made with lobster, butter, and hot dog bun. It’s about as pure as you can get, provided you adore butter. The verdict? She loved it, and suggests that perhaps THIS is a real lobster roll. Gloucester Joe, what do you think?