Monday, August 17, 2015

Despite growing up by the shore I've never been a seafood lover. However, J was craving a lobster roll so we headed to the tiny town of Noank, Connecticut and visited not one, but two (!) different restaurants to compare their lobster rolls. This was all for research purposes of course. 

Noank, Connecticut, near the popular tourist destination of Mystic, is a sleepy town right on the Mystic River. Noank has at least three outdoor restaurants that serve seafood so fresh that it's right off the boat. 

First up, we headed to Abbott's Lobster in the Rough, a casual restaurant with both indoor and outdoor seating. Decide on your meal while waiting in the typically long line. Don't worry fellow landlubbers, there are a few options for non-seafood lovers as well, including hot dogs, salads, and burgers. J, a lobster roll aficionado, went for the favorite hot lobster roll, but it didn't quite hit the spot for him because the roll wasn't right (where was the hot dog bun?) and there wasn't nearly enough butter. My hot dog was perfectly fine (nobody can mess up a hot dog!) and my pink lemonade was perfect (the million dollar question - what makes lemonade pink?). FYI Abbott's is BYOB.

Abbott's Lobster in the Rough outdoors

Fresh seafood at Abbott's Lobster in the Rough in Noank, Connecticut

A hot lobster roll at Abbot's seafood in the rough in Noank, Connecticut

Our next stop, just down the street from Abbot's, was Ford's Lobster where we met up with friends. Ford's is a more formal sit down restaurant (though outdoors), so we put our names in and waited for a table for our large party. The wait wasn't so long - and we (well, not me) had wine and beer to tide us over - and soon we were ushered to a large table shaded with umbrellas. Again, J ordered a hot lobster roll (I think it was about 1$ more than at Abbott's) and I went with a Caprese salad. The table also ordered some calamari and oysters to share around the table. Everyone seemed to love their meals, including J, who said that his lobster roll was buttery perfection (and served on the more typical hot dog-like roll). Unfortunately, it was too dark out to take photos of the food, so you'll have to do without a glamour shot of the second lobster roll. FYI Ford's is BYOB, but they will supply glasses.

hot lobster rolls at Ford's Lobster in Noank, Connecticut

Abbott's Lobster in the Rough: 117 Pearl Street, Noank, CT  website

Ford's Lobster: 15 Riverview Ave, Noank, CT  website

Are you a seafood lover like J or a landlubber like me?


  1. Ohhhh, boy, I loooove seafood! I didn't anticipate that monitoring my intake of seafood would prove to be as frustrating as having to give up my wine for 9 months, haha!

    1. Soon enough you will be able to go back to eating anything that you want! One of the best postpartum 'side effects' if you ask me!

  2. If it ain't Maine, it ain't LOBSTAH ;)

    My mom's family is from Maine & I remember being a traumatized tiny vegetarian during one trip to the lobster shop!

    1. Mainers do love their local lobster, don't they?

  3. I grew up in a vegetarian household, and the first time I met my husband's family, we had seafood. I had no idea how to eat shrimp or lobster. It was pretty funny!

    1. Haha! Did you like it? Do you eat seafood now?

      I never really liked seafood, but this one time in China I was out to lunch for a business meeting and they took me to a shrimp hotpot. The shrimp had all of their exoskeleton still on and I had to watch the others to figure out how to eat them. Luckily the hotpot was so spicy I couldn't really taste them!