There are a lot of way to fuel the festivities on the Fourth of July. But they all don't have to be on the grill.
So, let us praise lobster rolls. Here's a quartet of East End sparklers.
At fishbar on the lake in Montauk, the lobster roll comes with a pretty water view. A lettuce leaf separates the tender lobster meat from the bun. A pickle cuts the richness. Very good.
SALT Waterfront Bar & Grill on Shelter Island appeals to purists: barely dressed, fresh lobster meat on a brioche roll, accompanied by exceptional house-made fries that are more like potato chips. Nice marina view, too.
On a sunny day, Clam Bar in Amagansett has an old-fashioned summery setup to enjoy an ample, well-made, refreshing lobster roll that contains superior lobster salad.
And the lobster salad roll at Duryea's in Montauk is tasty enough to make you go for it instead of the casual joint's steamed lobsters. That's competition.
fishbar on the lake, 476 East Lake Dr., Montauk; 631-668-6600.
SALT Waterfront Bar & Grill, 63 S. Menantic Rd., Shelter Island; 631-749-5535.
Clam Bar, 2025 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett; 631-267-6348.
Duryea's Lobster Deck, 65 Tuthill Rd., Montauk; 631-668-2410.
The lobster roll at fishbar on the lake.