Eventide’s Brown Butter Lobster Roll
A city that’s tethered to the ocean and everything it produces, Portland, Maine is the pearl of New England. Fresh seafood is the heart and soul of all the great restaurants in this town, from casual dockside butter-drenched lobster rolls to wood oven-roasted Maine mussels at local stalwart Fore Street. When I’m in Portland, my go-to for the most elevated seafood cookery is Eventide Oyster Co. Chefs Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley have created an amazing raw bar that serves a couple dozen varieties of impeccably fresh oysters and shellfish with innovative accoutrements like grapefruit or kimchi ice. Cold dishes like scallop crudo with blood orange and salsify, or fluke ceviche with pique de pina remind you that the kitchen is firing on all cylinders. Don’t miss the green curry lobster stew or Korean-inspired fried oysters with seared cabbage. And finally, you have to try the dish that put this place on the map—the Eventide Brown Butter Lobster Roll. Warm Maine lobster meat coated in a beautiful brown butter vinaigrette stuffed into a Chinese-style steamed bun. Of all the lobster rolls in Maine, this one has the most intense briny flavor. It may sound sacrilege, but I’ll forgo tradition any day for a sandwich as good as this.
86 Middle Street
Portland, Maine 04101