Gallery: 8 Great Lobster Rolls in Chicago

Fish Bar
Fish Bar

Fish Bar's lobster roll looks straightforward, and the lobster is definitely still the main attraction, but a few small additions make this one distinctive. A healthy sprinkle of cayenne adds a kick, while both freshly diced celery and celery salt lighten things up.

Fish Bar, 2956 North Sheffield Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657 (map); 773-687-8177; fishbarchicago.com‎

GT Fish & Oyster
GT Fish & Oyster

GT Fish & Oyster's lobster roll ($16) features cool hunks of sweet lobster meat dressed ever-so-lightly with a house-made mayonnaise. They are then nestled in a Labriola roll that has been buttered and grilled. What's most surprising is that while it is artfully presented, the succulent lobster meat is still the first thing you taste. Read more here >>

GT Fish & Oyster‎, 531 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60654 (map); 312-929-3501; gtoyster.com

Stout Barrel House and Galley
Stout Barrel House and Galley

Stout Barrel House and Galley's version is about as straightforward as a lobster roll gets. The split-top bun is well buttered (almost too much so), sautéed until browned on the sides, and then piled with lobster meat. There's no goopy mayonnaise or crunchy celery to get in the way. This kind of strict minimalism would mean nothing if the lobster wasn't so plump, sweet, and left in such huge hunks. It's not quite the best lobster roll I've sampled in Chicago, but it is surprisingly solid. Read more here >>

Stout Barrel House and Galley‎, 642 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654 (map); 312-475-1390; stoutbarrelhouseandkitchen.com

Acadia
Acadia

The lobster roll ($16) at Acadia is as stripped down and sparse as the surroundings. (Note: I split this with my wife, so I only photographed half of it.) Succulent and sweet lobster come tossed with only a little paprika, chive, and warm butter. The hunks are nestled in a buttered Deer Isle bun, which is shipped in from Maine. With so much butter going on, a few of the bites can be a little too rich, but that's a small price to pay for a version of the Maine classic as good as this one. Plus, the salt and vinegar chips on the side can't be beat. Read more here >>

Acadia, 1639 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616 (map); 312-360-9500; acadiachicago.com

Wellfleet
Wellfleet

Want the freshest lobster possible? Why not go to one of the most respected fishmongers in town? The Fish Guy in Irving Park already sources impeccable seafood, and now with Wellfleet, the shop's small restaurant, you can now get those items cooked quickly to order. As you'd expect, the sandwich is minimally dressed, so you can really appreciate the hunks of juicy lobster.

Wellfleet, 4423 North Elston Avenue, Chicago, IL 60630 (map); 773-283-7400; fishguy.com‎

The Savoy
The Savoy

Sure, The Savoy takes some liberties with the presentation of its lobster roll, but don't worry; all of the elements are still there. In fact, this is a pretty classic interpretation. Though split and presented like a sandwich, it's the same lightly sweet roll. The lobster meat is tossed with a house-made lemon aioli, which helps brighten each bite.

The Savoy, 1408 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL (map); 773-698-6925; savoychicago.com

Shaw's Crab House
Shaw's Crab House

The award for the most stuffed lobster goes to Shaw's Crab House. Loaded generously with juicy bites of lobster and served with some crunchy fries, this is an all around great dish. Note that you can only get it in the main dining room during lunch. But the sandwich is available all day in the more casual oyster bar.

Shaw's Crab, 21 East Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60611 (map); 312-527-2722; shawscrabhouse.com‎

New England Seafood Company Fish Market
New England Seafood Company Fish Market

At $16.95 the roll comes with nearly a third-pound of lobster meat piled atop a griddled split-top bun. The lobster is served cold and undressed, the sandwich only seeing mayo when the bread is lightly brushed after toasting. The undressed lobster is stuffed into the bun and topped with a secret blend of paprika, garlic salt, and other seasonings inspired by the owner's mother's own version, and then drizzled with hot drawn butter to give a contrast against the cold lobster. Read more here >>

New England Seafood Company Fish Market, 3341 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60657 (map); 773-871-3474; neseafoodcompany.com‎