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.
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.
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?