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How we roll: Halifax's best lobster rolls 

A lobster roll and a summer day: they go together hand in claw. Lindsay Nelson scoured the city for the for the holy grail of lobster, sampling 20 of the city’s finest rolls in the process.

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The Shack Oyster Bar

The Shack is the antithesis of a greasy fish 'n' chips joint---all of its seafood is freshly shucked or steamed. The Crobster Roll is bursting with a creamy lobster and snow crab salad, heightened with fresh dill and mustard seed. This waterfront snack is perfect on a sunny day.

Queen's Wharf, 1751 Lower Water Street, $12

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McKelvie's

McKelvie's is the only $20 price tag to make the list---justifiably so, as it comes with a notable seafood chowder and is delicious. The lobster is dressed in a lemony dill mayonnaise and sprinkled with fresh parsley in a split and toasted bun. Fantastic flavours!

1680 Lower Water Street, $19.99

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Maritime Lobster Shack

This artisan lobster roll is a Seaport Market treat, with chips and a pickle or your choice of stellar salads. Chunks of lobster tail and claws are lightly dressed in a house mayo, and served in a toasted homemade bun that is so good it almost steals the show.

Seaport Farmers' Market, 1209 Marginal Road, $12 (half-roll $6)

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Acadian Fish and Chips

The trip to Hammonds Plains is worth it for the most rich and flavourful lobster to ever meet a bun (no doubt the fish 'n' chips is also worth a trip). The small menu ensures inventory is always fresh. Lettuce and tomato are merely background characters---the lobster is the star.

1990 Hammonds Plains Road, $12.99

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Harbourstone Sea Grill and Pourhouse

Harbourstone's "Avery's Lobster Roll" does not skimp on the lobster. This is a hefty portion, lightly coated in tarragon sour cream and served in a sour dough roll complete with grill marks. Grill marks! The price tag includes your choice of side---fries, soup, or salad.

1919 Upper Water Street (in the Marriott Harbourfront), $15

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Esquire Restaurant

The folks at the Esquire have mastered the traditional lobster roll. The bun is toasted on one side, with a crunchy layer of romaine lettuce supporting the perfect ratio of mayo, lobster and celery. If you don't care for a side you can subtract a dollar from the price.

772 Bedford Highway, $15.99

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