After traveling to Maine for the first time last fall and experiencing the sweet goodness of a real Maine lobster roll I was immediately obsessed with this local delicacy.
My natural instinct was to book another flight back up to the Northeast but that’s a little bit easier said than done.
But then we discovered that you can order lobster rolls from Maine via Goldbelly and excitement (and confusion) ensued.
Could these lobster rolls really be that good considering that I would be shipping seafood from the Northeast all the way to the desert of Arizona?
Before I could pull the trigger, my spouse ended up surprising me on my birthday with an order of Goldbelly lobster rolls from McLoons and I’d have to say it was probably the best surprise birthday present ever.
In this article, I’ll give you a review of the McLoons Maine lobster roll experience with Goldbelly.
Ordering from Goldbelly
On the Goldbelly app or website, you’ll be able to choose from a lot of different types of lobster meals.
There’s a bunch of different tasty options that you can add on like clam chowder, sea salt brownies, etc. You can also just buy meat by itself.
Or heck, you can also just put a whole lobster in your cart!
Here are some of my top recommendations:
- Maine Lobster Roll Kit
- Lobster Roll Kit And Wild Maine Blueberry Bread Pudding
- Lobster Roll Kit And Clam Chowder
- Lobster Roll Kit And Lobster Stew
You can choose an option for two but my recommendation would be to order for at least four to make it worth it.
You can get these food items sent to you ASAP. If you’re willing to pay for upgraded shipping, you can get them in about two days.
Depending on where you live and the type of shipping you select, you might be paying anywhere from $40-$60 plus.
The shipping cost is why I usually recommend you to order a larger quantity because you’ll get more bang for buck usually.
Our order came right on time and here’s a look at the contents.
Maine Lobster Stew
The first dish I tried was the Maine Lobster Stew.
The rich and creamy stew was absolutely delicious. The stock, consisting of carrots, celery, onions, tarragon, and other ingredients like butter and cream, was not quite as thick as I thought it would be but still pretty much irresistible.
What set it off was a large, meaty lobster claw. Each quart comes with a 1/2 lb. of lobster.
I threw in some of the Westminster Baker’s oyster crackers just to add a little bit of crunch to the stew but don’t go too crazy because you don’t want to drown out the flavor since it’s not that potent.
While you can also go for the clam chowder, I thought that lobster stew was the perfect compliment for the true lobster lover.
After that amazing lobster stew, it was time for the main attraction: the lobster rolls.
GoldBelly lobster rolls
The package contained everything that we needed to create the perfect lobster roll.
Your shipment should come with a little book to help you prepare the food items and I would say it’s very easy to follow.
It will walk you through instructions like buttering and toasting the bread so that your lobster roll comes out to perfection.
The lobster meat was just as good as I remembered it being when I ordered it in Maine. Super fresh.
The lobster bread rolls were also to die for. Brad toasted the bread just enough so that it was lightly toasted which is exactly how you want it.
You can choose to fix your lobster rolls however you like.
Brad served these up with a little bit of mayo and served up the meat cold, which is true Maine lobster roll style.
Some people like them Connecticut style which comes with warm lobster meat and ditches the mayonnaise in favor of warm butter.
Initially, I was a little bit nervous because when we were in Maine we only had the warm butter lobster rolls and I really loved those.
As someone who is not a huge mayonnaise fan, I wasn’t sure if I’d appreciate the lobster served up this new way.
We paired the lobster roll with some potato chips and a pickle spear and that was all we needed for the perfect touch. I soon bit into the roll and was instantly transported back to Maine. Delicious.
The best part is that we had four lobster rolls so this ended up being an all-day lobster eating extravaganza.
This lobster roll experience completely changed my perspective on enjoying delicacies.
No longer do you have to limit yourself to those “once in a lifetime” eating experiences in order to chow down on something amazing.
And you also don’t have to worry about trying to ship something from a destination while you are traveling or stress about fitting something in your carry-on bag that may or may not be fresh when you arrive back home.
Yes, you do have to pay for the convenience but for the occasional splurge, Goldbelly is absolutely worth it in my opinion.
Daniel Gillaspia is the Founder of UponArriving.com and creator of the credit card app, WalletFlo. He is a former attorney turned full-time credit card rewards/travel expert and has earned and redeemed millions of miles to travel the globe. Since 2014, his content has been featured in major publications such as National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, Forbes, CNBC, US News, and Business Insider. Find his full bio here.