With very few exceptions—notably the Tortas Puma—I adhere to the old adage, “Never eat anything bigger than your head.” Now thanks to my good friend photojournalist B.A. Van Sise, I might just have to make another exception: the LOL Hot Lobster Roll served at Abbot’s Lobster in the Rough in Noank, Conn.
For a decade Van Sise made do with the quarter pound lobster roll. “Now that my hunger hole has been broken I can’t imagine how people could possibly survive on so little,” Van Sise said.
Last year, the shop introduced the OMG Lobster roll, which contains roughly a half pound of lobster meat. This year Abbott’s rolled out the LOL, which contains a pound of crustacean. Never one to shrink from a challenge Van Sise took up the gauntlet.
“It was the greatest thing I’ve ever done in my life,” Van Sise says of taking down the $44 behemoth. “I felt like I was going die for an hour afterwards, but then I was fine,” he noted adding that it felt like more than a pound’s worth of lobster.
By the way LOL stands for “Lots of Lobster,” not “Laugh Out Loud.” I sense a road trip to Connecticut in the very near future.
Abbott’s Lobster in The Rough, 117 Pearl Street, Noank, Conn., 860-536-7719
Just an FYI – Abbott’s is a fantastic place for all the rest of the summer seafood treats, as well: it’s all the way out on the marina in Noank but barely a 10-minute drive from 95, and their fried seafood, steamers, lobster, etc. are all as good as it gets.