The Lobster Roll restaurant in Amagansett, also known as “Lunch” is one of my favorite places to eat on the South Fork. No trip to Montauk was ever complete without first stopping at Lunch for mussels and lobster rolls. It’s a tradition I continue today with my own kids. In fact, their logo is “This is where summer begins,” and in my mind, it truly does.
The Lobster Roll is now taking its famous fare on the road this summer, in their new Lobster Roll food truck. The food truck will be available to rent at parties and fairs throughout Long Island. The truck may also be used on occasion to help with deliveries within 25 miles. Customers who rent the food truck will have access to the Lobster Roll’s complete catering menu, as well as baked goods from Andrea’s Obsession Desserts.
Andrea Anthony runs the Lobster Roll with Paul DeAngelis, a partner in the business. She is also the baker and owner of Andrea’s Obsession Desserts, which serves the East End. Formerly, Anthony was a professor of restaurant management, and taught for more than 10 years at several Long Island universities including New York Institute of Technology, SUNY Farmingdale and Nassau Community College. She has also served as a trainer and guest speaker for the New York State Restaurant Association, and she has lectured at many premier restaurant tradeshows including the International Restaurant Show in New York City and the National Restaurant Show in Chicago.
Anthony also co-authored a cookbook simply titled, The Lobster Roll, in 2003. She is currently working on a second book.
Putting the Lobster Roll on the road was the next thing to do. “I really have gotten a huge response to off premise catering,” says Anthony. “We decided to do the food truck because it’s a way we can bring the Lobster Roll to people’s homes. We hope to expand to other territories eventually.”
The Lobster Roll, which has been in business for 51 years, serves fresh local seafood including shrimp, clams, flounder, swordfish, tuna, soft shell crabs, scallops and lobsters, along with several seafood soups and bisques. They are probably best known for their Classic Lobster Roll, which is definitely my favorite.
Bought by father and son Richard and Frederick Terry in 1965, the Lobster Roll started as a tiny roadside clam shack on the Napeague stretch. It affectionately became known as Lunch because people began to associate the restaurant with its iconic Lunch sign. In 1978, Anthony got involved, and three years later Paul DeAngelis became a partner. Fred Terry, who is still a principal in the Amagansett restaurant, after retiring as college professor, opened a second restaurant called Lobster Roll Northside in Baiting Hollow on the North Fork.
In season the Lobster Roll is open seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.