Last spring, I wrote about New York City’s upcoming Lobster Roll Rumble, an event organized every year by the trendsetting foodie news distributor Tasting Table. The Rumble perennially attracts the country’s best lobster roll makers, and Maine restaurants predictably have strong showings every year.
These are lobster rolls we’re talking about, after all.
Last year, the Cape Elizabeth- and Portland-based food truck Bite Into Maine was one of several participants with Maine ties and the smallest operation invited to the prestigious competition.
But although two of the state’s other eateries bested Bite Into Maine for top prizes at that forum — the entry by The Clam Shack in Kennebunkport was named America’s Best Lobster Roll and Portland’s Eventide Oyster Co. garnered the sought-after Editor’s Choice award — the “little food truck that could” now has some bragging rights of its own.
I’m a little late on this, but the blog FlipKey — which is part of the better known TripAdvisor family of websites and has been featured in reputable places like the New York Times and Wall Street Journal — this year called Bite Into Maine’s signature lobster rolls among the top 10 sandwiches in America.
Here’s what FlipKey wrote about the Bite Into Maine offerings:
As the third mobile restaurant on our America’s Best Sandwiches list, the lobster rolls of Bite into Maine are hard to beat. Found not far from Portland Head Light, Maine’s premiere lighthouse, this truck serves an at-home take on the lobster roll with classic mayonnaise as well as some twisted versions involving curry or even chipotle.
For review, here’s Tasting Table’s description of Bite Into Maine’s go-to lobster roll, which they brought to the Lobster Roll Rumble:
Bite Into Maine’s signature “picnic-style” lobster roll includes a layer of creamy homemade coleslaw underneath a heaping portion of sweet, fresh Maine lobster. It’s topped with melted butter and finished with a dash of celery salt. All this goodness is delivered in a perfectly butter-grilled local New England roll.
Other sandwiches to make the FlipKey list include such landmark choices as the Philly cheesesteak from Pat’s King of Steaks (in Philadelphia, of course), the pastrami sandwich of Katz’s Delicatessen in New York City and the shrimp po’ boy from the New Orleans-based Domilise’s Po-Boy & Bar.
For disambiguation purposes, I’ll point out that on the Food Network’s 2012 tournament-style reality show “Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America,” the Zesty Lemon Lobster Roll produced by The Galley Restaurant & Pub in Naples was the lobster roll flag bearer. That lobster roll was named champion of Richman’s New England bracket, but was eliminated at the nationwide level — unjustly — by a Philly cheesesteak.