Where to Get Lobster Rolls in Metro Detroit

You don’t have to travel to New England to try this coastal delight
lobster rolls mero detroit Photo courtesy of Hazel, Ravines and Downtown.
Hazel, Ravines, and Downtown turns into Hazel’s Lobster Pound each summer and serves up tasty Maine-style and Connecticut- style lobster rolls. // Photograph courtesy of Hazel, Ravines and Downtown.

Debates have raged for years about the “proper” way to prepare a New England lobster roll —cold or hot? Mayo or butter? Garlic or chives? But one thing is for certain: there’s something undeniably summery about biting into fresh, succulent lobster meat piled atop a soft, buttery bun. If Michigan’s summer heat has you craving this delicacy, you don’t have to travel to the East Coast to get one. Here are six local places to get your lobster roll fix this summer. 

Hazel, Ravines, and Downtown

In 2019, this eclectic downtown Birmingham eatery decided to take advantage of summer’s quieter weeks by experimenting with a new lobster-focused menu. The concept was so popular that it has returned each summer since as Hazel’s Lobster Pound, which runs through Sept. 30 this year. For $28, diners can choose from a Maine-style lobster roll, which is served cold with a mayonnaise dressing; or a Connecticut-style roll, served with hot drawn butter. The menu also offers whole lobsters, lobster cobb salad, lobster bisque, and other classic New England-style shellfish dishes. Hazel, Ravines, and Downtown, 1 Peabody St., Birmingham; 248-671-1714; hrd.kitchen

Mudgie’s Deli and Bar 

This beloved Corktown sandwich shop (and Best of Detroit winner) has expanded its annual Lobster Week into a three-week event this summer, offering the succulent shellfish — which is shipped overnight from Maine and delivered daily — through the end of July. Try it in the deli’s signature lobster roll, which features lightly dressed tail, knuckle, and claw meat in a buttery, New England-style bun for $30. On a date? Spring for the Lobster & Wine for Two special, which includes two lobster rolls, a side of potato chips, and a bottle of featured Rosé. The special menu also includes lobster bisque, salad, and dip. Mudgie’s Deli and Bar, 1413 Brooklyn St., Detroit; 313-961-2000; mudgiesdeli.com

The Lobster Food Truck

This year’s Best of Detroit winner for Best Food Truck serves up a lobster-centric menu all year long. Its popular hot lobster roll, which is served with garlic, herbs, and melted butter, is available in a mini version for $16, or a large version for $30. They sell out regularly, so arrive early. Other menu features include seafood mac and cheese, fried lobster tacos, seafood grilled cheese, and crispy brussels sprouts. The Lobster Food Truck, location varies; 313-434-4399; thelobsterfoodtruck.com

Joe Muer Seafood (Detroit) 

Visit this local seafood institution (and 2021 Best of Detroit winner for Best Seafood Restaurant) Detroit location at lunchtime for a chance to try its gourmet take on the lobster roll. Fresh Maine lobster meat is tossed in a creamy, mayonnaise-based Louis dressing and infused with brandy and roasted tomato. It’s served with a side of fries for $24. Joe Muer Seafood, 400 Renaissance Center #1401, Detroit; 313-567-6837; joemuer.com

Tom’s Oyster Bar

In addition to its signature oyster towers, the menu at this downtown Royal Oak seafood spot includes a Boston-style Lobster roll, which features cold water lobster tossed in a light house dressing. It’s served with kettle chips or fries, and comes in two sizes: small for $16.50 and large for $22. Tom’s Oyster Bar, 318 S. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-541-1186; tomsoysterbar.com

Voyager

The only way to sample the lobster rolls from this coastal-inspired Ferndale eatery is by ordering from its contactless “Dockside To-Go” menu. Choose from two types of lobster roll: a Maine-style sandwich featuring mayo, celery, and chives; or Connecticut-style with warm drawn butter. Both versions come with house kettle chips for $25. Round out your East Coast dinner with hot smoked salmon dip, hush puppies, peel ‘n eat shrimp, or oysters on the half shell. Voyager, 600 Vester St., Ferndale; 248-658-4999; voyagerferndale.com

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