Maine natives, Bill and Monica Irwin would always get the same response from people after telling them where they were from. "Oh, the lobster rolls!"
FEEDING THE FEARLESS: Every Wednesday for the next three weeks, we will be highlighting a different local restaurant in the Cape Fear Region for a segment called Feeding the Fearless. Corning Credit Union will then buy a $100 gift card from that restaurant and donate it to a different team of medical professionals each week. This week’s gift card will be going to a nursing unit at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
Maine natives, Bill and Monica Irwin would always get the same response from people after telling them where they were from. “Oh, the lobster rolls!”
The couple moved to Wilmington seven years ago after just wanting a change of scenery. They landed on Wilmington after basically throwing a dart at a map, according to Bill.
Eventually they decided it was time to bring a taste of Maine to the Cape Fear region. So they opened Maine Lobster Roll Company in Monkey Junction last December.
“We have a simple menu,” Bill said. “Only four types of rolls and three different sizes.”
Of those four types of rolls are your traditional Maine style lobster roll as well as a “Connecticut style” Maine lobster roll.
It hurts Bill to admit this, but he says the most popular type of roll at the restaurant is the Connecticut style.
“There’s a century old debate between the state of Maine and the state of Connecticut,” Bill says. “Connecticut is butter, Maine is mayonnaise. You can make a Maine roll, Connecticut style which is what we do. That by far is our biggest seller. It’s warm, just straight lobster meat dipped in warm butter.”
They get their lobster straight from the docks in Stonington, Maine from a company called Greenhead Lobster Company.
“It’s out of Penobscot Bay which I think is the best lobster in the world,” according to Bill.
They also have other Maine staples including clam chowder, Fluffernutters, whoopie pies, and Moxie soda.
Bill says he’s been surprised by the demographic of his customers. He assumed they would get mostly transplanted Northerners but he says a lot of Wilmington natives have become regulars at the restaurant as well.
“We’ve just been so lucky here in Wilmington,” Bill said. “The people have supported us and allowed us to show them what a real Maine lobster roll is.”
For now, Maine Lobster Roll Company is currently open for curbside delivery.
For more information, visit their website by clicking here.
Stay up to date on all things Cape Fear Weekend!