Paul Liebrandt Picks the Best Downtown Lobster Roll

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Corton chef-owner Paul Liebrandt calls Maine lobster a great piece of protein, a ball of red ocean-y goodness. Lately, the Food & Wine Best New Chef is serving the crustacean in a dish with Parmesan crumble, Burgundy carrots, and balsamic brown butter. We wanted Liebrandts opinion on a more accessible version of the summer favorite, so we took him on a tasting tour of downtown lobster-roll specialists. He sampled Ditch Plains, Eds Lobster Bar, the Lobster Place, Lure Fishbar, Marys Fish Camp, Pearl Oyster Bar, and Urban Lobster Shack. (Mermaid Inn serves a notable option, but isnt open for lunch, which was when we took the tour.) The chef rated the rolls: ten points for taste, five for presentation, and an additional five awarded at his discretion. Click through the slideshow to see how the citys fish-shack emulators fared.