Review: Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough in Noank, CT
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.
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.
The sandwich comes with a decent coleslaw and Abbott’s own potato chips, which are a bit too greasy and bland for my taste.
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.
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.
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.