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Rockin’ Lobster

Southerners are genius because we invented pimento cheese. But you have to give those New Englanders props for creating the lobster roll. Here, five Southern spots that do it right.

The Optimist's Lobster Roll

Bocado
Along with Milkshake Mondays and Burger and Beer Tuesdays, this Westside spot has now added lobster roll Saturday to its summertime lineup. We suggest you get there early. They’re usually gone in two-hours time. WHERE 887 Howell Mill Road, 404.815.1399, bocadoatlanta.com

Ocean Prime
Atlanta’s newbie steak and seafood spot offers the cold Maine lobster roll nightly in its Blu Lounge. Available on the bar menu, this summer sandwich is served on a brioche bun with housemade chips. WHERE 3102 Piedmont Road, NE, 404.846.0505, oceanprimeatlanta.com

Olmsted/Article 14
Both owned by Legacy Restaurant Partners, these two restaurants are situated right on top of each other. Try the chilled Lobster Roll upstairs at Olmsted or venture downstairs to Article 14 for dinner where its served warm in a buttered split top bun. WHERE 1180 Peachtree St., 404.443.8431, olmstedatl.com, article14.com

The Optimist
Since its opening, the Optimist has promised us landlocked Atlantans the classic seafood experience. Now, they’re bringing us this classic beach-food classic to enjoy at lunchtime. Served with fries. WHERE 914 Howell Mill Road, 404.477.6260, theoptimistrestaurant.com

Bite Bistro and Bar
This New American restaurant claims to have the “Best Lobster Rolls in the South.” Don’t take their word for it. Stop by for lunch or dinner and taste a roll or two for yourself. WHERE 11500 Webb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, 770.754.5500, biteatl.com