12 Best Lobster Shacks in New England
This is just about the only place anywhere that steams and then roasts its lobsters over an open-air, wood-fed firepit. The flavor is as unique and delightful as the tree stumps that serve as seats around brightly painted wooden tables. Two other must-haves from the firepit here are the roasted clams and the flame-roasted corn on the cob. Guilford, CT. 203-453-9276; theplaceguilford.com
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; watermansbeachlobster.com
Shaw’s Fish and Lobster Wharf
A bit off the beaten path, Shaw’s Lobster Pound in New Harbor is worth the trip. The lobster is “wicked” fresh, and their deck seating consists of picnic tables overlooking a picturesque harbor. The accommodations are casual, and the locals will tell you that this is the real lobster-eating deal. New Harbor, ME. 207-677-2200.
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; auntcarriesri.com