Would you guess that the “World’s Best Lobster Roll” came from Utah? It’s true, a staple from New England has been bested by the folks at Freshies Lobster Co., of Park City. Last summer, at Maine’s first-ever lobster roll festival, Freshies took the title of “World’s Best Lobster Roll,” only one of many titles the lobster rolls from Freshies have been awarded. With incredible taste and texture, part of the secret to the magic is the brown butter they slather on their rolls. Mixed into their regular melted butter, the brown butter lends a bit of caramel and interest to the rolls.
As far as the process of browning butter goes, you heat melted butter over medium to medium-high heat until the butter starts to foam. At Freshies, they stir the butter and then start to whisk it back down the first time it starts to foam up. Then, after they’ve whisked it back down for a second time, they allow the butter to cook for about another 30 seconds. Lorin Smaha, one of the owners of Freshies, says that you can tell the brown butter is done when, “You smell the nuttiness and see that it is a nice golden brown.” At this point, the brown butter is removed from the heat and transferred to a room temperature bowl so that it doesn’t continue to cook and burn. For the at-home cook, Smaha recommends you keep a close eye on the butter because once it starts to turn it can burn quickly, especially if it is not stirred frequently.
Freshies offers up three different lobster rolls, all served on a New England hot dog bun with mayo, hot butter and seasoning. These rolls differ in size: two, four or five ounces of fresh Maine lobster. But their menu extends to sandwiches, salads, and soups as well. Lobster not your thing? Try the blueberry barbecue pulled chicken with slaw on ciabatta bread. Soups include lobster bisque, New England clam chowder or rustic tomato stew. Get your lobster in their bibb lettuce cups with Sriracha aioli, guacamole, mango and creamy cilantro sauce. Lobster can be added to any of the menu items for $4 per ounce.
By popular demand, in addition to their current Park City location and Salt Lake City food truck, Freshies is adding a Salt Lake City location. Located at 900 S. 356 E, in Salt Lake City, this location will be bigger than the Park City establishment, with the outside being reminiscent of a boat house. The menu at the new location will remain the same, with the addition of ice cream. There will be a front patio with a fire pit, perfect for a casual, delicious summer evening meal. In the meantime, you can find Freshies here:
1897 Prospector Avenue | 435.631.YUM1
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.