Pamela MacNaughtan

If I were writing a freelance piece right now the editor would probably warn me about making broad sweeping statements that could be misleading, but I’m not writing a freelance piece, I’m writing for myself and in my opinion the BEST Lobster & Crab Roll I have ever eaten, and will ever eat, is in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Here’s the thing. I have a very unhealthy relationship with lobster. It’s the one food that I almost never say no to, even if I’ve eaten it a few days in a row. Oh, the sexiness of perfectly cooked lobster. And if there is melted butter involved? I’d need an after sex cigarette. You know, if I smoked.

Are you kind of understanding my obsession?


Let me give you a little background. Prior to arriving in Halifax I had road tripped through Newfoundland, and during that week whenever I saw the words Lobster Roll on a menu, I ordered it. For the most part they were okay. I quickly discovered that a lobster roll was like eating tuna salad sandwiches, except with lobster instead of tuna. Lots of mayo, a wee bit of seasoning, and… bread. [An unenthusiastic ‘yay!’ goes here]

Fast forward to Halifax.

I was on the boardwalk walking around the food shacks and looking at menus. I lined up at the busy fish place and noted that they had a lobster roll for $12, and waited my turn. And waited. And waited. And then I left the line and went over to The Shack Oyster Bar (which was a couple shacks away) because they had a LOBSTER & CRAB roll for $12 and it came with chips! Weeee!

Now I know you guys are probably rolling your eyes already, but I am 100% serious when I say that the moment I took my first bite, I moaned so loudly that people were staring at me. This was nothing like my previous encounters, the flavour was out of this world. Very little mayo, with the slight tanginess of grain mustard and lemon juice.

It. Blew. My. Mind.

I actually went back to The Shack, gushed about how amazing the Lobster & Crab Roll was, got them to tell me what was inside it, and then asked what time they opened the next day – which happened to be the day I was taking the train from Halifax to Québec City.

They opened at 11am. My train was scheduled to depart at 12pm.

Yes, I power walked in flip flops from the train station to The Shack, and back just so I could buy two Lobster & Crab Rolls and eat them on the train. And they were damn good!

Here’s the thing though, I am now damaged goods. Oh, I can still eat lobster, but I absolutely refuse to eat another lobster roll. Yes, refuse. I don’t want some crappy tuna salad version, I was the awesomeness of a Lobster & Crab Roll from The Shack!

I wonder if they’d consider freezing some of their fillings and overnighting it to me in Ottawa…



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