Bayley’s uses 10-inch (ungrilled) rolls for a lobster roll that’s twice as big as some competitors’ — and there’s rarely a crowd at the picnic tables overlooking Scarborough Marsh. 9 Avenue 6, Scarborough. 207-883-4571.
The lobster comes off a boat just steps away, at the Vinalhaven dock. The dressing (two parts mayo, one part Miracle Whip, seasoned with pepper) is light and perfect. The meat’s sweet and the island setting unbeatable. West Main St., Vinalhaven. 207-863-2057.
If you’re going to break from tradition (lobster rolls with bacon?! with avocado?!), do it with one of the most delicious rolls money can buy, served on warm brioche. Check ahead at facebook.com/thehighrollerme for the roving cart’s location.
For those who prefer AC to ocean air, this Old Part spot has one of the state’s best lobster rolls, served on a toasted sub roll with herbed mayo and house-cut fries. 93 Commercial St., Portland. 207-879-6100.