Love at First Bite 


The New England Lobster Company in the Bay Area

San Francisco’s culinary scene is a treasure trove, and if you’re on an overnight or a leisurely layover, head south to the town of Burlingame. There, you will discover a laid-back venue with a warm staff. The spacious indoor seating and inviting picnic tables outside will prove to be the perfect setting for your friends and crew to dive into a seafood menu that is nothing short of dazzling.

The seafood, flown in fresh daily from Main to the Bay Area, has a story that’s equally fresh. Originating as a wholesale distributor in 1987, the owners, feeling a deeper connection with the community, ventured into the food-truck scene with “We’re On A Roll.” The overwhelming support led to their current brick-and-mortar location in Burlingame.

For me this culinary journey owes much to Captain Jim Perez, who, during a casual conversation, threw me a curveball, “Do you like lobster rolls?” Check airmen have a knack for posing challenging questions when you least expect it. Regrettably, I had to admit, “Not sure, never had one.” Like any good mentor, he swiftly acted to resolve this gap in my culinary education.

Enter The New England Lobster Company with the dressed lobster roll accompanied with a cup of lobster and corn chowder, and it was love at first bite! My Southern taste buds were treated to a symphony of flavors. The perfectly toasted bread, with a delightfully crisp outside and a soft, airy inside, serves as a canvas for the masterpiece. Crowned with fresh lobster, the roll is a medley of complexity and seafood freshness that left me wondering, “Why did I wait so long to try this?” The only negative thing I can say about the cup of chowder is, “Why did I not get the bowl?” It is rich and creamy and leaves you yearning for more.

I would be remiss if I did not note their delightful happy hour from 3-6pm, Monday to Friday. Dive into discounted beers, oysters, and other seafood delights that elevate the experience without compromising your wallet. It’s a golden window where the richness of the culinary offerings meets the joy of a good deal.

With roots of humble seafood wholesalers turned community icons, The New England Lobster Company offers more than just nutritious meals; they are revelatory in what seafood should be. I am thankful for them having expanded my taste buds into newfound frontiers. Their artistry of fresh ingredients is a culinary mastery. With crisp coastal air mingling with the savory aromas, this location in Burlingame is more than an eatery; it composes a symphony of flavors orchestrated into an unforgettable dining experience.

So, when in San Francisco, venture a little south to Burlingame. Your taste buds will thank you.

The New England Lobster Company


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