Celebrating National Lobster Day on Thursday is easy when you live in a city that’s teeming with seafood restaurants. Crowd favorites, of course, are lobster rolls and whole, boiled lobsters, but restaurants around Boston are always experimenting to give guests new takes on the delicious and desirable crustacean. From lobster pizza to lobster and waffles, there are countless ways to celebrate this day on the culinary calendar — and many more. Here’s a list to sink your teeth into. Call ahead because these stops are piping hot.
Atlantic Fish Company wants to make sure that lobster isn’t just associated with dinner. Their lobster eggs benedict will make you forget you ever questioned the legitimacy of lobster before noon. $20, 761 Boylston St., Boston. 617-267-4000.
B&G Oysters teams some of America’s favorite foods to create a sandwich par excellence. That’s right: The subterranean South End boîte stacks bacon, lettuce, tomato, and lobster (a B.L.T.L.?) to create a very New England nosh. $32 at B&G Oysters, 550 Tremont St., Boston. 617-423-0550.
The Island Creek Oyster Bar Boston location is conveniently situated in Kenmore Square and features the freshest catches of the day. If you’re looking for some surf and turf, try the lobster roe noodles layered with braised shortrib and grilled lobster. $38 at Island Creek Oyster Bar, 500 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 617-532-5300.
James Hook & Co. offers some childhood comfort food with a delicious seafood twist. Try the lobster mac and cheese while chilling outside of this Northern Avenue shack, right on Boston harbor. $20 at James Hook & Co., 15-17 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-423-5501.
Neptune Oyster House is well known for its icy raw bar, but it also boasts one of the best lobster rolls in the city. The description — “toasted roll, available hot with butter or cold with mayo” — will have your mouth watering before you even take a bite. $29 at Neptune Oyster House, 63 Salem St., Boston. 617-742-3474
If you’re willing to shell out some cash, Ostra won’t disappoint. Their broiled Maine lobster, with a variety of vegetables and herbed butter sauce, is perfect for an elegant occasion worth remembering. Even if that occasion is National Lobster Day. $76 at Ostra, 1 Charles St. S., Boston. 617-421-1200
At Saltie Girl Seafood Bar, chicken and waffles, an iconic Southern dish, gets a New England spin — becoming fried lobster and waffles. With a sweet corn butter and spicy maple syrup, you’ll wonder why you ever had waffles without lobster. $32 at Saltie Girl Seafood Bar, 581 Darthmouth St., Boston. 617-267-0691
Scampo offers something well-known pizza joints usually don’t: lobster pizza. For those adventurous types who want to say they’ve tried lobster on almost anything, this pie delivers. $28 at Scampo, 215 Charles St., Boston. 617-536-2100
Row 34 serves up heaping lobster rolls — if you’re not already sated by the restaurant’s raw bar offerings. The roll at Row 34 is a plentiful meal for those that are craving lobster. If you’re not up for the challenge solo, make it a date. $32 at Row 34, 383 Congress St., Fort Point. 617-553-5900.
Yankee Lobster Company is situated alongside the harbor but often goes unnoticed. If you’re into mixing bacon and lobster, the famous lobster club at Yankee Lobster Company might be the way to go. $25.99 at Yankee Lobster Company, 300 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-345-9799.
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