It’s strange that the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative has named Giuseppe Tentori of GT Fish & Oyster in Chicago as a Maine Lobster Chef Ambassador because he once told Thrillist that lobster is overrated. 

It’s strange that the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative has named Giuseppe Tentori of GT Fish & Oyster in Chicago as a Maine Lobster Chef Ambassador because he once told Thrillist that lobster is overrated


Review: Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough in Noank, CT

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Last weekend I took a quick trip to Connecticut for my great uncle’s 80th birthday—a perfect excuse for having dinner at Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough in Noank. My friend and I ordered a seafood feast that included the restaurant’s Famous Hot Lobster Rolls, steamed clams and lobster deviled eggs. 

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The lobster roll features a heaping scoop of warm, fresh, perfectly cooked lobster meat doused with melted butter. It’s served on a grilled sesame seed hamburger bun—an unusual but surprisingly effective choice. 

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The sandwich comes with a decent coleslaw and Abbott’s own potato chips, which are a bit too greasy and bland for my taste.

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Besides lobster, my other favorite New England specialty is a delicacy called “steamahs.” The whole steamed clams dipped in broth and butter are sweet and plump—like candy of the sea.

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The only real disappointment were the lobster deviled eggs, which didn’t seem to actually contain any lobster as far as I could tell [update: Apparently we were given the classic deviled eggs by mistake]. In fact, the chewy egg whites topped with a relish-heavy yolk-and-mayo filling were bad even by normal deviled egg standards. 

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No matter—I will definitely be back to enjoy the lovely ocean view, the sweet steamers and the buttery lobster rolls, though next time I’m getting the LOL Lobster Roll, which features a full pound of lobster meat. Abbott’s sure knows the way to a Lobster Lover’s heart. 

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Review: Burger & Lobster in London — Coming Soon to NYC!

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On a recent trip to the UK, I made it a top priority to stop by Burger & Lobster in London. The restaurant, which has six locations in the city (we went to the Soho unit), serves just two things: burgers and lobsters. 

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The lobster comes as a lobster roll or steamed whole — both for $20 — with a lovely mixed greens salad and perfectly cooked french fries on the side. I, of course, went for the lobster roll, which comprises fresh lobster flown in from Canada, tossed with just a touch of Japanese mayo and sprinkled with chives. It’s served in a buttered grilled split-top bun (not brioche as stated above) and a completely unnecessary lemon wedge. 

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The roll was so tasty, I almost forgot I was in England and not New England for a minute. The fries and salad were delicious as well. The couple next to us ordered one burger and one lobster roll to split and share, making me jealous that I hadn’t thought of it (though my husband doesn’t eat meat, so it wouldn’t have worked anyway).

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In addition to the 1.5-pound lobsters, Burger & Lobster also offers jumbo lobsters ranging from 2 pounds 11 ounces to 10 pounds 4 ounces (?!?!), priced between $47 and $179 each, that are meant to be shared and feature unlimited fries and salad.

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Beverages include beer, wine and mixed drinks, which are listed under the sections “Burger Cocktails” and “Lobster Cocktails.” I opted for a selection from the latter category: the BL Gin Fizz, made with Beefeater gin, orange, cream, egg white, rhubarb and soda. It tasted like a refreshing alcoholic orange creamsicle. 

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Fortunately, you won’t have to fly across the Atlantic to enjoy these delights for much longer: Burger & Lobster is opening a location in New York City at 39 W. 19th St. this fall! 

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Photos and text by Amber Drea © 2014


Review: North River Lobster Company in New York City

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On a recent Sunday afternoon, I made my way to Pier 81 at 41st Street to check out the new floating restaurant North River Lobster Company.

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I got there in time to catch the 6:30 sail. All the seats on the outdoor deck were taken, so I found a table inside the extremely air-conditioned second level, where an array of chilled seafood was on display. 

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While the whole lobster looked appetizing, I ordered the classic Lobster Roll ($16), which comes with Miss Vickie’s Kettle Cooked Potato Chips and tangy coleslaw. 

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Served in a buttered toasted hot dog bun, the roll overflowed with hearty chunks of fresh lobster claw, knuckle and tail meat, tossed in a light coating of mayo and topped with chopped chives. I could barely hold onto this monstrosity!

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I washed it all down with the Batten Down the Hatches, which mixes Captain Morgan and Malibu rums, orange and pineapple juices, and grenadine, with a floater of Margaritaville Dark rum, served in a mason jar. 

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Once I finished my meal, I headed up to the deck to enjoy the lovely (albeit cloudy) view of the New Jersey and Manhattan shorelines. For less than $30, you can enjoy a delicious lobster roll, a boozy cocktail and a 30-minute cruise on the Hudson River — not a bad way to spend a Sunday evening!

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Photos and text by Amber Drea © 2014