Harborside Lobster Love!
What is the first place that pops in your mind for a lobster?
Arghh, Hold it off.
I sure do agree that Maine churns out the best lobster in the world, but Connecticut is not holding back and today's destination is the latter where I bring you the experience right into this post.
A beautiful scenic drive has led me to this wharf situated alongside the north Atlantic. We are talking about Abbott's Lobster in the Rough situated in Noank, CT.
Got there a little late around 3 PM to avoid the lunchtime rush as this place gets quite the attention. The front of Abbott's has all the pictures adorned by likes of Bobby Flay and other prominent authors and chefs. All of them have stated that lobsters served in Connecticut have a certain aura about them and this place is where you get the most bang for your buck. Well, we are at the right place!
Ordered the best sellers and headed out to the back for what seemed like the best view I had in quite a while.
An overcast windy day with all the boats docked and seagulls perched atop overseeing the lobster cages. Never did I feel the freshness of the air to be this wholesome. Lots of orders before me and you need to wait enjoying the scenery until they call out your name in the mic. Finally around 15 minutes past on the clock, my name is summoned for the first order.
These are the Steamers & Mussels Mix which is a pretty famous order up here at Abbott's. Served with hot butter and the broth in which these were cooked, it is a dish I am waiting to pounce upon. I started off with my favorite, the Mussels. This excellent source of selenium was perfectly cooked and dipping it in the warm butter and eating it was just a serene feeling. I dipped the next one in the broth and I could taste the sea, literally!
The sodium was high as expected, and the taste of the mussels and clams cooked in the broth is a taste not appealing for everyone. But, for all the shellfish lovers out there, this is top notch!
The steamed clams were no different, the meat has a more buttery and less slimy texture. It tasted perfectly well with both the dipping sides available.
While I was at it, my name was called out again.
It is the Famous Hot Lobster Roll. Yes, you heard it right, its HOT. Only Connecticut serves up hot lobster and I was excited to try this one out. Served with a toasted bun, a quarter pound of lobster meat is stuffed with melting creamy butter. You also get some pickles aside.
Took a bit of it and went straight to lobster paradise. The butter oozes out of every bite you have and the taste is spot on. The lobster can never get any fresh. The pickles add the acidity to the meat, but going old school doesn't disappoint either. No wonder this roll has received tons of accolades such as Best of Connecticut. Worth the drive. Worth every mile.
Finally, the last order was brought up.
A 1-1/4 Lobster Dinner. Anyone would fall in love with it, wouldn't they?
Served with coleslaw, hot drawn butter and their potato chips made in house, this fresh lobster is a treat to vouch for.
Started off with the claws, and the meat was so tender and juicy rightly complementing the hot butter along with fresh coleslaw while enjoying the cool breeze which is definitely a meal to cherish for eternity. In no time, I shucked out the whole meat and finished it off. My appetite was completely filled to the brim but I didn't want to leave this place either. Such was the allure it carried.
If you happened to be anywhere in New England, make sure you give this place a visit. You will definitely be rewarded.
Abbott's Lobster In the Rough
117 Pearl St Noank, CT 06430
Value For Money: 8.5/10 (Fresh Seafood is hard to find!!)