Atlanta restaurant wins 2018 World’s Best Lobster Roll

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Chef Andrew Isabella’s winning lobster roll. Photograph by Dave Dostie. (PRNewsfoto/Down East Enterprise, Inc.)

Executive Chef Andrew Isabella of BeetleCat in Atlanta, Georgia, took home the top honors at Down East’s World’s Best Lobster Roll Competition, held on Saturday, July 7, in Brick South at Thompson’s Point in Portland, US.

Isabella’s roll was filled with fresh Maine Lobster meat and served on a buttery toasted slider bun. Ben and Lorin Smaha from Freshies Lobster Co. captured the title of the “World’s Best Lobster Roll” at last year’s inaugural event and came in second place this year.  Bob’s Clam Hut from Kittery, Maine came in third place.

Ten semi-finalists competed at the event on Thompson’s Point Saturday, with Chefs coming from as far away as Paris, France.

Here are the 2018 Contestants

Freshies Lobster Co. – Park City, Utah

Bob’s Clam Hut – Kittery/Portland, Maine

Shannon’s Unshelled – Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Highroller Lobster Co. – Portland, Maine

The Greeks of Peaks – Portland, Maine

Congdons Doughnuts – Wells, Maine

Summer Shack – Cambridge, Massachusetts

BeetleCat – Atlanta, Georgia

Burgundy Square Cafe – Venice, Florida

Homer Lobster – Paris, France

The event drew more than 400 people who were able to sample all ten rolls and vote electronically.

Chef Isabella won the title of world champion and a check for $1,000, and will be featured on a page in Down East magazine. Second place received $500, and third place was awarded $250. The celebrity judge’s pick was Chef Moses Sfez of Homer from Paris, France.

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SUSAN WONG

Susan Wong is the Editor of Capital Lifestyle, a resident photographer, an award-winning journalist, radio presenter, full-time adventurer, long-time admirer of anything edible, and a spicy food athlete at Capital FM.

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