The Best Lobster Rolls in Halifax

cailin on a lobster - The Best Lobster Rolls in Halifax

I love lobster. Most people love lobster. If you don’t love lobster we probably can’t be friends…

Growing up in Halifax, Nova Scotia where lobster is a plenty (it is literally ALWAYS lobster fishing season here), lobster has always been a favourite food of mine. Lobster eating has also been a long time family tradition of mine as we always eat lobster sandwiches on Christmas Day. Don’t ask me why… we just do.

lobster boil at christmas - The Best Lobster Rolls in Halifax

We sometimes eat so much lobster we have to boil it outside in a HUGE pot.

As I travel the world people often ask me about lobster and are amazed at how cheap we can get it here. We can actually get lobster here so cheap that we even eat in sandwiches. Cut it up and mix it with some mayo and green onion, maybe a little dill and lemon and stick it on a bun. Nowhere else in the world aside from the other maritime provinces and north eastern parts of the US have I ever seen or heard of lobster sandwiches. It is just to expensive elsewhere to convince people to spend oodles of money on a sandwich.

Depending on the time of year you can buy lobster in Nova Scotia for anywhere from $5 to $8 or $9 a pound. You can buy it in grocery stores, at seafood stores and you can even buy it out of the back of a fisherman’s truck on the side of the road. Or if you personally know a lobster fisherman even better.

lobster roll at boondocks, eatern passage, halifax - The Best Lobster Rolls in Halifax

There are many places to enjoy a nice lobster dinner here however if you want a cheaper and quicker lobster feed go for the lobster roll. Countless numbers of places in Nova Scotia serve lobster rolls / sandwiches which are most popular here in the summer months.

This week along with my good buddy Candice we challenged ourselves to find the best lobster rolls in Halifax. Our list in the attached video is nowhere near as official as this one in The Coast (they ate 20 different lobster rolls) however it is a good gauge of what you kind find in the city nonetheless.

We went everywhere from fast-food joints like McDonalds to fancy restaurants like McKelvie’s to find the very best. Watch the video, enjoy, get lobster envy and see which lobster roll came out on top as the best lobster roll in Halifax!

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    Sue Reddel
    August 21, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    You two are hilariously! Loved Candace’s faces. Also surprised to hear about Subway & McDonald’s serving lobster rolls – who knew? Keep up the great work, very entertaining. :D

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      Cailin
      August 22, 2014 at 11:19 am

      Thanks Sue! It was a fun and tasty job but someone had to do it! ;)

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    Cailin
    August 20, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    You should definitely try one sometime, they are great! :)

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    Deborah
    August 18, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Ashamed to say I’ve never had one. Do you see me hanging my head? But I grew up in the Midwest and West Coast so it’s not something I grew up with. Will have to change that soon.

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      Cailin
      August 20, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      Time to come to the east coast and fill your belly! :)

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    Megan Kennedy
    August 17, 2014 at 3:15 am

    I’m surprised by the Subway one, I thought it would have gotten 1 or 2 stars!

    Next time I’m in the Maritimes, I’ll have to do a Lobster Roll challenge, mind if I copy you? It looks too good to miss out on.

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      Cailin
      August 20, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      No need to copy me there are tons of options!! I was surprised that the Subway one was ok too! Would of been even better if it had at least double the amount of lobster though :)

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    Brad Bernard
    August 16, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Who can turn down a good food challenge? I can’t!

    The look on Candice’s face when she bites into the so called, “Brangelina” of lobster rolls is absolutely priceless. I’m also curious if the McDonalds lobster roll has any pronounceable ingredients.

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      Cailin
      August 20, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      I’m curious to know what is in the McLobster as well! However I do know that it is real lobster and not crab or some other imitation meat.

      I can only imagine that you might do a crazier food challenge then this ;)

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    Krista
    August 14, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Any kind of challenge involving lobster and/or sandwiches is one I can get behind. Looks delicious!

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      Cailin
      August 20, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Thanks Krista it was quite tasty! I’m still craving more lobster! :)

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    Ashley
    August 14, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Everything looks so delicious! And lobster poutine- omg!

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      Cailin
      August 14, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      Mmmmm the lobster poutine had this crab bisque gravy like sauce…. sooo good

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    Amanda
    August 14, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Mmmm, and now I’m SO HUNGRY!

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      Cailin
      August 14, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      Did you and your fam get to try any of these when you were here? If not you have a good excuse to come back now! :)

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    Candice @ The Let's Go Ladies
    August 14, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Lobster Rolls seem to be THE food item that all gourmet Food Trucks in Toronto serve, and they’re all between $10-$15. You know what’s even more Canadian than a lobster sandwich? Lobster Poutine. *mind blown*

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      Cailin
      August 14, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      Maybe the next big thing will be lobster poutine on a sandwich!?!?! haha
      I wonder how fresh the lobster is that they are serving or if it is frozen? $10-$15 isn’t that bad of a price!

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    Helen
    August 14, 2014 at 2:14 am

    I know what my first stops will be when I visit Halifax! Thank you for this!!

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      Cailin
      August 14, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      My pleasure – stay tuned for more crazy food adventures :)

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    Leigh
    August 14, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Best lobster roll I had last summer was at a waterfront pub in Chester – and I tried a lot. I sat by myself in lobster roll heaven.

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      Cailin
      August 14, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      Mmmmm I live like 20 minutes from Chester…. maybe I should visit there tomorrow… haha Was it at the Rope Loft do you remember?

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    Lisa Goodmurphy
    August 13, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Lobster is one of my favourite things about the east coast! I had a couple of lobster rolls at The Shack the last time that I was in Halifax and thought they were quite good – I guess I have to make a point of trying one at McKelvie’s next time I’m in town!

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      Cailin
      August 13, 2014 at 10:59 pm

      You definitely have to try McKelvie’s the next time you are in town!! Get the lobster poutine as well! :)

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    Chanel | Cultural Xplorer
    August 13, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    OMG. A LOBSTER ROLL CHALLENGE! THAT SOUNDS AMAZING.

    Okay, back to normal writing. No, but seriously, much better than my pizza tasting. I was sick of pizza after a bit but I don’t think I could get sick of lobster rolls.

    Do more food challenges! Yum! (PS – If you ever make it to NY and want to do a challenge that does not involve pizza, I am down!!!)

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      Chanel | Cultural Xplorer
      August 13, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      Oh yeah, forgot to add! Your Subways sell lobster rolls and McDonald’s used to?! What!!

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        Cailin
        August 13, 2014 at 10:55 pm

        Chanel the McDonalds sells McLobsters every summer I was just a week or two late and missed getting one! Its a seasonal thing haha

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      Cailin
      August 13, 2014 at 10:59 pm

      Pizza is definitely a lot heavier than lobster so I can see you getting sick of that easier haha However lobster is a bit rich. I do however now want more lobster… perhaps I’ve started a daily addiction? ;)

      We should totally do a food challenge in NYC! If not pizza it would have to be bagels or pretzels air hotdogs or something haha Something New Yorkish :)

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    Anne
    August 13, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    OMG I’m not even going to tell you what I paid for a lobster roll last night in SF.
    I can’t believe you have them at Subway and (apparently not?) McDonald’s!!! Also, what do I need to do to get a lobster poutine up in here?! I’m pea green with envy.
    My favorite part was when the drive-thru guy said “we’re all OOT.” Bahaha.

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      Cailin
      August 13, 2014 at 10:57 pm

      haha now you have to tell me how much it was in SF! McDonald’s should of had them but I was a week or two late and couldn’t be bothered to go to more than 3 of them to find them haha
      haha I didn’t even notice the drive thru guy saying out llke that – you cray!
      Glad you enjoyed it :)

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