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Best 12 Lobster Shacks in New England

Best 12 Lobster Shacks in New England
16 votes, 3.12 avg. rating (63% score)

The Clam Shack
Don’t let the name fool you: There’s plenty of good lobster to be had at The Clam Shack. Owner Steve Kingston makes what may be the best lobster roll anywhere in his tiny riverside shack in downtown Kennebunkport. The lobster meat is picked fresh daily and kept ice-chilled until served on a toasted, lightly buttered burger bun. Kennebunkport, ME. 207-967-3321; theclamshack.netAunt Carrie’s
This shingled, Rhode Island-shore mainstay has been serving up fresh seafood for nearly 100 years. Known primarily as the birthplace of the clam cake, Carrie’s also serves excellent shore dinners of fresh boiled lobster, steamed clams, Rhode Island-style chowder, fried fish, and freshly baked pie for dessert. Narragansett, RI. 401-783-7930;

Cod End
Housed in a rough-hewn, wide-planked harborside building, this Maine fishing village throwback sports a fish market and an adjacent cook shack, where super-fresh lobster is boiled up and served with steamers, corn on the cob, boiled potatoes, and freshly made coleslaw. Other specialties include fish tacos and seafood-stuffed haddock au gratin. Tenants Harbor, ME. 207-372-6782;

Waterman’s Beach Lobster
The James Beard Foundation designated this family-run beachfront shack an “America’s Classic” in 2001. It prides itself on its fresh lobster, freshly baked pies and bread, and steamed corn and clams. Dine on picnic tables overlooking island-dotted Muscle Ridge Channel and watch local lobstermen offload their catch on the dock by the beach. South Thomaston, ME. 207-596-7819;

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