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The Beach Plum – Portsmouth, New Hampshire

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Hot Lobster Roll The Beach Plum Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Review of this location is included with the North Hampton location review.  By the way, they also serve beer at this location.

Visited March 2012

The Beach Plum – North Hampton, New Hampshire

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Lobster Roll The Beach Plum North Hampton, New Hampshire

This is the third time I’ve been to this spot, but I didn’t get around to writing about the last time so I’ll fold that in too.  I kind of love this place.  It doesn’t serve the best lobster roll, it does serve the biggest, and it is really quite good despite the fact that they use a mix if fresh and frozen claw meat.  Found out that factoid thanks to Ken’s cousin, Zach, who lives in Portsmouth and is easily the most valuable lobster gal team member I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating lobster rolls with.  He asks all the questions, ones I didn’t even think of, and even finds out who is the right person to talk to about these things.  He even found out that the get the lobster meat from Ipswich, MA.  We have only ever had lobster rolls with him at Beach Plum, but I really could learn a lot if I could get him to join the lobster roll quest more often.  He even got me a behind the scenes tour of the kitchen where they showed me how they actually weigh out each lobster roll.  10 oz isn’t just a guestimate here.  The Portsmouth location, where Zach and the fam joined us is open year round and really has more of a super crowded McDonalds vibe to it.  You get your food, then be prepared to fight to the death to get a table or work out a deal with a table that looks almost finished as we ended up doing after I got cut off at the pass three times by stroller weilding moms.  I like the vibe at the North Hampton location much better.  It’s a takeout window and I guess the table fighting is roughly the same, but here you can take your food across the street and sit at the lovely beach.  I really do like this lobster roll.  The standard bun is very buttery grilled and filled like a mountain with cool, lightly mayoed fresh and frozen mix of claw and knuckle meat.  I know, as with anything, there must be different levels of quality with frozen lobster meat.  Or, maybe they do something special to it, but it is quite good and full of flavor in a way that most bland, watery frozen meat doesn’t.  Not so with the hot lobster roll they serve at the Portland location in the winter.  I was picturing a hot, buttery version of their cold lobster roll, not so.  The hot version is just whole claws, clearly frozen, spongies and all, plopped on the bun.  It’s just not very good, skip this one until they start taking the exact same meat in the cold version, warm it up, not sautee or cook it, then toss it with melted butter somewhat cooled so that it sticks to the meat and doesn’t just soak into the bun.  Sorry, just had to share that fantasy, it could be so great.  Or a version with their lobster bisque could be fantastic too.  You should order the lobster biquue, very good and seems to have an amount of meat comparable to their lobster rolls.  Ok, enough sharing how people should run their obviously successful business.  The have a great product, the cold lobster roll, don’t miss it.  Worth noting, their ice cream is also worth saving plenty of room for.  They have tons of creative flavors, huge servings, as is their trademark, very tasty stuff.  Ideally, I love their pumpkin ice cream with butterscotch topping but, it is seasonal and the banana and the blueberry are also winners.  Yes, I love me some fruit flavored ice cream to top off my lobster rolls.

P.S. – For some strange reason, Ken decided to order the foot long lobster roll, which is really two regular sized rolls, which he didn’t finish, obviously.  So, we wrapped it up, put it and the cooler to take home.  I must say, the lobster roll was also very delish the next day.  Of course, the bread wasn’t crisp like the day before, but not dried out or anything, still very good.  So, order the foot long and take one home.  Nothing beats having another lobster roll at home the day after a trip.

These photos are from the North Hampton location in May 2012.  Lobster roll weighed in at 10.9 oz.  Photos from the Portsmouth location in separate post.

Visited March and May 2012

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The Landing Store – Kennebunk, Maine

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Lobster Roll The Landing Store Kennebunk, Maine

This one kind of snuck up on me.  It was on my list, but I was looking for it in the town of Kennebunk.  Turns out, Kennebunk extends up to the bridge in Kennebunkport.  I guess that means Clam Shack is actually in Kennebunk, no matter.  This little general store is on the road into Kennebunkport, just a little red house that you can miss if you’re not looking.  When you go in, it is a store, so I thought I had been wrong about them having lobster rolls, not so.  The super friendly gentleman behind the counter walked me through the ordering.  They gave me my small lobster roll, grilled and hot (the bread, not the meat) wrapped in plastic wrap, yuck.  Why would you wrap anything you want to eat in plastic wrap, it leaves that weird taste covering everything, not to mention, when something inside is hot, totally the wrong answer.  Got the sandwich outside and out of the plastic in time.  I thought this was quite a delishious lobster roll.  There was lots of large chunks of claw, minimal mayo, tasted very fresh, tender and sweet.  A few spongies, but not bad.  The standard white roll was buttery grilled.  I really liked this one, didn’t even share much with Ken and I was about to go eat my very favorite, the Clam Shack,for the first time that season in just a few minutes, so that’s saying something.  It must be said that this was my first lobster roll of the official lobster roll season in Maine, so Ken thinks I was giving it too much credit because of it’s status as the first after a long winter.  I should try it again just to be sure, but I don’t think so.

Visited July 2011

The Dog Watch Cafe – Stonington, Connecticut

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Lobster Roll Dog Watch Cafe Stonington, Connecticut

In my favorite town in Connecticut, Stonington, this is my second favorite restaurant, by a nose.  Not because the food isn’t as good, but the view is better at Skipper’s Dock.  It’s worth mentioning that the clam chowder here is amazing, some of the best I’ve ever had.  The lobster roll is just fine.  It’s a cold lobster roll, all claw meat, overly shredded for my taste and with minimal mayo.  It involved celery and shredded lettuce, which I’m not a fan of and it is served in a standard white split top bun, nicely grilled.  The fries are great, they are those double fried, crusty outside kind.  This is a great restaurant on a day when outdoor dining isn’t the best option.  Dog Watch has more of a cozy, warm, soup and beer kind of vibe, great place.

Visited June 2011

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Skipper’s Dock – Stonington, Connecticut

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Lobster Sandwich Skipper's Dock Stonington, Connecticut

When I think of my happy place within an hour’s driving time, I head to Stonington, the prettiest town in Connecticut.  Sitting on the deck overlooking the water at Skippers Dock, enjoying a hot lobster sandwich with a giant bloody mary completes the vision.  This particular time, my friend Mark and I headed down for the Stonington Garden tour.  We were going to make it a yearly thing, but turns out the garden tour is only every three years.  Maybe we’ll just sit on the deck here all day.  I won’t say this, strictly speaking, the best lobster roll/sandwich in Connecticut, it isn’t, but sometimes the food just isn’t the whole experience.  If you want the relaxing CT waterfront lobster moment, Skipper’s Dock is your place.  I only ever get the hot lobster sandwich, I’ve seen the cold, and it just doesn’t look as good.  The hot version is all claw meat, large chunks, hearty portion, served hot with melted gruyere cheese and a side of butter on grilled bakery fresh bread.  Pictured here is the version without the cheese, what can I say, swimsuit season was fast approaching and you have to cut the calories somewhere if you want to involve cups of butter in your diet.  You can get a caesar salad with it too if that’s your thing.

Visited June 2011

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