Lobster Crawl: The Hunt For The Best Island Lobster Roll

We are a blended family and we blend really well except for one thing.

Seafood.

On one side of the blend, there is a deep passion for all things that swim or crawl. At least once they are in an edible state that is. My husband and 3 of our daughters love lobster rolls. In fact they even have them on Christmas Eve. The other side of the blend, that being myself and Miss Jade, politely hold our noses and wait for it to be over.

So when Erin told me her plans for her latest adventure, I was not surprised. She and her boyfriend Aidan have that 20-something hard life of attending wine and beer festivals in eastern Canada. “Forced” to work and drink at the latest wine festival in Prince Edward Island and very familiar with pub crawls :), they decided to create the lobster crawl, a search for the best lobster roll the Island has to offer. This is Erin’s account on how it all rolled out.

1. Water and Prince Corner Shop (Charlottetown, PEI)

Least favorite roll on our crawl, great overall experience. This spot came recommended by a couple of our Island friends during our Friday night escapades at Gahan House. Served up on a steak-style bun, this baby was unfortunately not toasted.. or buttered. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll eat lobster in any way, shape, form but I like a little (ok a LOT) of butter on my roll. Perk to this roll; a big-ass scoop of grandma-style, paprika-topped potato salad on the side. Doesn’t get any more Maritime than this. The only sit down stop of the crawl, service was amazing and we even had meaningful conversation with our waitress who was thrilled to hear about our day ahead!

Roll 3.5/5
Experience 4/5

2. The Chip Shack (Charlottetown, PEI)

This stop, recommended by both Cheryl (the best step mother in the world – yes Cheryl did some editing) and other Islanders we ran into was a real treat. Outdoors. Prime spot downtown. Bright and Shiny. Eccentric ‘Chip’ lady running the whole show… Amazeballs. The downside? One frigid, windy pre-summer afternoon on the Charlottetown Waterfront. The goal here was eat the roll, and get out.

The price point was great at under ten dollars, but the most impressive part about this roll was the no-frills hotdog bun used to house the succulent lobster salad. Not only did the smaller bun better complement the amount of lobster salad, but the extra buttery toasted outside was to die for. This roll did not last long. Like I said, it was cold outside, and the roll was unreal! We crushed it and moved onto our next destination. (Side note – the fries or “chips” looked great, we’ll be back to try them out when we’re on a less aggressive eating venture – Cheryl can attest to their unbelievable yummy taste).

Roll 4.2/5
Experience 3.8/5


With full bellies, we hopped in the Jetta and took a lovely coastal drive to Brackley beach, through North Rustico and finally ending in Cavendish. The tourist focal-point of PEI.

3. Captain Sam’s (Cavendish, PEI)

The touristy price point was there, but so was the quality. By far our biggest roll of the day, also came along with a similar steak-style bun as the first stop, but this time with butter. Lots of it. The lobster salad was on point, and the meat-to-bun ratio..perfect. The cheerful lady at the cash looked thrilled to see us! Very well could have been the first customers of the day. When we turned down the accompanying french fries (let’s get real.. we were still too full to be even having another lobster roll), she happily offered us a different side and served us up each a dish of old-school creamy coleslaw.

Having travelled to Cavendish for summer vacation as a child and many weekend-getaways as a teen and early adolescent, I had never quite seen Cavendish like this. Quiet, deserted and slightly creepy? Enjoying our roll, we looked around amazed at our quiet surroundings in a place we’d only ever seen jam-packed with tourists. The only other souls around were Islanders dragging in merchandise to their stores as they clearly began to prepare for the summer months ahead.

Roll 4.5/5
Experience 4/5

Where was the best lobster roll you ever ate? Do you have a family like our’s – with polar opposites for food choices? 

31 comments

  1. WhatAWonderfulWorld · June 6, 2015

    I LOVE seafood, it’s just so good! I haven’t tried a lobster roll but it sure sounds yummy 🙂
    ~ Marcella

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    • lovetotrav · June 6, 2015

      I think if you like seafood, then lobster rolls would be awesome. At least that is what my family tells me! Ha Ha

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  2. Mallee Stanley · June 5, 2015

    Had a similar find in Newfoundland and it was absolutely cheap too

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    • lovetotrav · June 5, 2015

      Awesome! Newfoundland would have some great locales with lots of character to find lobster rolls!

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  3. Sarah Ferguson · June 5, 2015

    I fall into the “not a lobster fan.” I like seafood as a general rule, but not lobster or crab. That said, I do eat both of those, I just don’t order them for myself. However, I would be highly interested in a lobster roll crawl, suspecting that it would quickly devolve into a “this place is warm and has drinks and we should totally stay here” situation. I like that.

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    • lovetotrav · June 5, 2015

      You are too funny! I can see how that part would be much more fun than eating lobster.

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  4. Erin & Cheryl – I love, love, love lobster rolls. Really enjoyed the Water Prince Corner Shop experience when we were there, but didn’t have the lobster roll. 🙂 The best roll I had was at coastal Maine, somewhere between Bar Harbor and Kennebunkport. You and I totally agree on the toasted bun and ratio of bun to lobster and the butter, butter, butter. Fun post!

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    • lovetotrav · June 5, 2015

      Thanks Elen! She is off to Maine soon to continue her search so I will probably do another post if I can convince her “bribe her”. Isn’t Water Prince Corner Shop the cutest place ever though? I liked going and I don’t enjoy seafood.

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  5. fifi + hop · June 5, 2015

    I am the same way – my entire family loves seafood, except for me. I do eat some, but the finer things in life like oysters and lobsters I’m not crazy about. Makes it difficult for those “fancy” nights out.

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    • lovetotrav · June 5, 2015

      Glad to know that I am not the only one. And I agree… it is hard when choosing a restaurant… sometimes it means two! 🙂

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  6. La Sabrosona · June 4, 2015

    Now I’m craving a McLobster sandwich from Cape Breton Island, NS. It has to be there because that’s where my family is 🙂 My immediate family though – husband, kids – are not in CB and I have the unfortunate task of satisfying all of our palates. I swear everything I like, my husband hates. Opposites attract is not just an old wive tale. It’s science.

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    • lovetotrav · June 4, 2015

      That is too funny. I remember the days when my husband would watch me eat Indian food in some of the most amazing restaurants. Now he loves it…thank goodness. I, however, still watch him eat seafood.

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      • La Sabrosona · June 4, 2015

        I’m with you on the sticking to your guns part. You won’t catch me eating cow tongue ever – like ever.

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      • lovetotrav · June 4, 2015

        And I am proud of you for that!

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  7. snowsomewhere · June 4, 2015

    Now I’m hungry! 😉 They look great!

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    • lovetotrav · June 4, 2015

      At least you think so! I am not sure being a non-lobster sort of person… 🙂

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  8. any1mark66 · June 4, 2015

    If PEI was a little closer to Ohio, what a great weekend trip and feast

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    • lovetotrav · June 4, 2015

      Yes, it would be. Too bad these 2 countries are so huge!

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      • any1mark66 · June 4, 2015

        I’ve got the fifty states done but only three provinces up north. So my travel map would be a little more compete

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      • lovetotrav · June 4, 2015

        You have seen a lot though. More than many others.

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      • any1mark66 · June 4, 2015

        I fear for the dayi no longer can. I watch father plan a trip out west and health failed. Call it a tribute ti his spirit. Call it crazy. I can the places beautiful;-)

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      • lovetotrav · June 4, 2015

        You have to make the most of every day I guess. Or not put off things that are incredibly important.

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  9. Manja Mexi Movie · June 4, 2015

    Oh! I’m a complete sucker for sea food – I remember reading once something about the connection of sea food and hormones of happiness, need to investigate. ALL THOSE ROLLS in one day! Over here in Europe, lobsters are damn expensive, no such rolls in sight! Terrible! I’ll keep this in mind when making Canada travel plans.

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    • lovetotrav · June 4, 2015

      Glad you dropped by. Sorry they are so expensive in Europe, but you will definitely find them here and along the coast of the states as well. And yes, I think they were pretty full at the end of it… but a good kind of “full”.

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  10. Dee Gilbert · June 4, 2015

    I love lobster roll! The roll that left an impression was at The Lobster Dock in Maine. Two years ago, I wrote a post on lobsters and I have a picture of the Maine lobster roll at The Lobster Dock on it. 🙂 https://travelherethereeverywhere.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/the-fancy-lobster/

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    • lovetotrav · June 4, 2015

      Thanks Dee for commenting. I will check out your post. Erin is off to Maine soon to eat there as well but mostly Portland I think.

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      • Dee Gilbert · June 4, 2015

        The Lobster Dock was featured on an episode of Bobby Flay’s Throw Down (Food Network). This was why hubby and I stopped there. If Heather gets the chance, maybe she’d like it. 🙂

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      • lovetotrav · June 4, 2015

        I just told her about the place so she can put it on her to try list.

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      • Dee Gilbert · June 4, 2015

        The restaurant has tables near the water. Feasting on lobster roll is more fun with a view. :))

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      • lovetotrav · June 4, 2015

        I agree. The views are what you want in that part of the states or Canada.

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      • Dee Gilbert · June 4, 2015

        Absolutely!

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