4

100 Favorite Dishes 2015: No. 98, Lobster Roll at Maine-ly Sandwiches

^
Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

I'd never had a lobster roll until Maine-ly Sandwiches opened their original shop on the feeder of I-45 North near West Road. I'd heard of them but didn't know of any place that served them in Houston.

There aren't many places serving notable food in the Greenspoint area and the appearance of that first Maine-ly Sandwiches was a welcome addition. It's in a strip mall and looks about as you'd expect--a typical sandwich shop. The fanciest things on display there are the sandwiches.

The newer shop on Shepherd Drive is much larger and nicer. There are several dark wood picnic benches with postcards lacquered onto the table surfaces.

Of course, the sandwiches are the stars and the lobster roll is a steady favorite. The combination is an exercise in gentle restraint. Lobster has a mild flavor that shouldn't be covered up and the firm but yielding texture may in fact be the most enjoyable part. The toasty, buttery bun and gentle touch of mayonnaise is all that's needed to enhance the succulent chunks of lobster meat. You're likely to find some claw meat in the mix, too.

A piece of saltwater taffy comes alongside. It's a nice touch and I'd rather have that afterward than a mint. Saltwater taffy always makes me feel like I should be on a boardwalk somewhere being buffeted by a sea breeze with a Ferris wheel jutting against a blue sky in the distance.

These are simple but luxurious sandwiches. Lobster is not cheap, so these aren't either. A six-inch roll is $9.99 and a 12-inch is twice that. Unless you're starving, a six-inch is satisfying enough and you can round it out with a cup of clam chowder if needed. There's a snow crab roll as well for a buck less. Maine-ly sandwiches has expanded their offerings to Italian sandwiches, salads, fried clams and Whoopie pies, but it's always the lobster roll that draws me in.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.