The one thing most everyone agrees on, however, is the meat. It should come from the claw and knuckle, proportioned perfectly. The tail is too tough and can be a bit too dry — not that a little chew ever hurt anyone.
In South Florida, we have enough New England transplants to know what a good lobster roll should taste like. And for that, we thank them. Because without their influence, we wouldn't be able to list the best places in Palm Beach County to find the perfect New England lobster rolls.
The Old Key Lime house is better-known as a sports fan's wet dream — an outdoor tiki-style bar and restaurant where you can guzzle beer, frozen margaritas, and pitchers of sangria while glorifying the Florida Gators. The island-themed eatery is known for its Caribbean flair with foods, from coconut fish fingers to chicken with Key lime butter. But look beyond the menu's seafood offerings, including oysters and steamed clams, and you'll find a lobster roll. It's not exactly New England-style with its mixture of shrimp and lobster meat, but the dressing is light, and the bun is toasted and buttered. It's served with chips, fries, or coleslaw. And if you're feeling extra hungry, you can double the order and get two for only a few dollars more. Definitely worth it, every time.
Like sister restaurants Lobster Bar Sea Grille in Fort Lauderdale and Chops Lobster Bar in Boca Raton, this Buckhead Life institution is one of a dozen seafood houses nationwide that serves a traditional Maine-style roll. Here, it's chilled lobster meat delivered in a split-top brioche bun, with a side of Maryland fries hit and a touch of Old Bay and cayenne for a slight kick.