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Menuing Ideas for Regional Favorites: New England's Classic Lobster Roll is on the Move

Menuing Ideas for Regional Favorites: New England's Classic Lobster Roll is on the Move

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Last Published: 12/21/2017

Menuing Ideas for Regional Favorites: New England's Classic Lobster Roll is on the Move

No matter where you live, you are sure to find regional culinary classics in your local area. 

For restauranteurs, food operators and consumers alike, regional favorites play a huge role in providing guests with an authentic sense of place while instilling locals with a feeling of pride regarding their area’s culinary claim to fame. While these regional favorites remain strong in menu placement and true to their reputations, a number of exciting twists have emerged, adding a new dimension to the classics. 

In New England, the must-try culinary classics that people clamor for include creamy clam chowder, crispy clam strips and fluffy Johnnycakes. But the one dish that is in demand more than any other is the iconic lobster roll. This New England staple is so popular that even McDonald’s ® has cashed in by offering their version of a lobster roll throughout the region during the height of the lobster season! Traditionally, lobster rolls include chunks of fresh lobster meat drizzled with butter or lightly tossed in mayo and served in a hot dog bun. In recent years, new twists have popped up on the culinary horizon to appeal to a wider audience.

New Twists on a Regional Favorite:

  • Not your grandmother’s mayo. Many regional eateries are changing up the mayo they use in making their lobster rolls, which can include wasabi, curry or chipotle mayo.
  • A bun is a bun. While a traditional hot dog bun is the bread of choice, many inventive restauranteurs are changing up the flavor profile of their lobster rolls by baking their own signature buns using a New England hot dog pan.
  • It’s all in the presentation! New England restaurants are adding their own special touch to their lobster roll dishes, including placing big chunks of claw meat on top of the roll or adding a side dish of signature seasonings.

Entegra Procurement Services regularly publishes blog posts on food trends and innovations in food services. Entegra is more than a group purchasing organization (GPO): Our team of procurement specialists implement strategic sourcing to bring the most value to your business. We help our clients, in many segments ranging from the healthcare supply chain to restaurant supply, to cut costs and consolidate their portfolios.

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