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The Sandwich: Lobster roll
Where: Sixth Engine, 438 Massachusetts Ave. NW, through September
Stuffings: Maine lobster, mayo, shallot, chives, tarragon
Bread: Buttered and toasted split-top bun
Thickness: 3 inches
Pros: This sandwich is the refined cousin of lobster rolls found on beaches throughout New England because it’s overflowing with huge chunks of perfectly prepared claw, knuckle, and tail meat all housed in a fluffy roll that is equal parts crisp and chewy. The sandwich is offered as part of Sixth Engine’s “New England Getaway” menu in preparation for The Salt Line, Long Shot Hospitality’s forthcoming seafood restaurant in Navy Yard. The silky mayo that dresses it makes the lobster even richer, and renders the sandwich extra decadent.
Cons: The only thing that could improve this classic take on one of our nation’s finest sandwiches is a bit more acidity. A squeeze of lemon would cut through the creaminess, lightening and brightening a sandwich that feels slightly heavy.
Sloppiness level (1 to 5): 3. The bun almost overflows with lobster meat, so some pieces inevitably fall onto the plate. Just grab a fork and savor the extra lobster by itself.
Overall score (1 to 5): 4.5. If food has the power to transport an eater, then this lobster roll sends you from the sidewalks of Massachusetts Avenue to the shores of Cape Cod. With a bit more acidity, it would hit all the marks.