I inaugurated my Foodie Fatale blog back in 2010 with a post entitled Lobster Lust: Top 5 Lobster Rolls on the Connecticut Shoreline. Little did I know at the time that this would remain my most popular (and controversial!)
Foodie Fatale entry. Over the years, Lobster Lust was shared, discussed and questioned by thousands. And I received many comments and emails about the locales readers believed I wrongly missed in my list.
By this past summer of 2014, I felt it was time to revisit the Connecticut Lobster Roll, but in the face of the dwindling summer days, and the expense of tasting so many rolls, I decided to take a different approach, and open up the forum to Foodie Fatale readers. And so I hosted a Foodie Fatale Readers’ Choice poll: Who Makes the BEST Lobster Roll in Connecticut?. I included all the restaurants people wrote to me about over the years, as well as my favorites– and left an option for voters to write in a restaurant that wasn’t included. Once I had 10 write-ins for a particular locale, I added it to the poll. Voters were allowed one vote a week.
After a month of wild voting, record-breaking website visits and unprecedented (sometimes heated) comments, a winner emerged: The Blue Lobster in Berlin, CT with 46% of the vote.
The Blue Lobster’s winning status prompted my first visit. Past big box stores and the motels that line the Berlin Turnpike, Blue Lobster is tucked away in its own small building, with a brightly colored sign, and tables set outside for warm days. Blue Lobster Seaford sells fresh fish and live lobsters and has a homey little restaurant where a crowd of regulars regularly gather to eat. It’s my favorite type of business: Family owned. Owner Sal Gineo has run the restaurant since 1990 and today runs with it with his grandson Greg Goodrich.
Greg first started working at Blue Lobster as a dishwasher when he was 11 years old, at their former location down the road. He always loved working alongside, and learning from his grandfather and one summer as a youngster even gave up an opportunity to go away for the summer so that he could stay with his grandfather at Blue Lobster to work and learn. After Greg finished college, he decided to join his grandfather, and eventually became a partner in the business. He works every day and his enthusiasm and passion for his work are apparent every time he speaks.Greg’s wife Tracy was my server and is the best possible ambassador the restaurant could have, cheerful and proud of the business they have all built.
The night I visited, diners were mostly regulars, joking around with Tracy and Greg. One gentleman even brought his own tartar sauce, much to the amusement of his fellow diners. I ate a variety of chowders- including an excellent Rhode Island style (my fav) as well tasty Clam and Corn fritters.
The lobster roll was Connecticut style: fresh lobster meat, drenched in butter and served piping hot on a hot dog roll. Best of all, after 10 Lobster Rolls, you get one free. Blue Lobster has a coupon on their site that will give you 10% off your total dining purchase Sunday Thursday, just click HERE to print.
I recommend a visit to this charming little family business for simple and tasty fresh fish and a warm atmosphere.