Lobster Lover’s Guide Last Updated 6/17

If Connecticut ever had to name an Official State Food, it would probably be a close call between pizza and lobster. Of course, lobster has been on the menu here a lot longer, dating back to the days before the European settlers arrived. And today it’s available everywhere, served in all sorts of ways and always hard to say no to. Here’s a quick look at some of the best purveyors.

Lobster Rolls

Let’s begin here, since 80 years ago, Connecticut was the birthplace of the hot lobster roll, now commonly called the Connecticut lobster roll. It began at an eatery called Perry’s in Milford when the proprietor heated up freshly picked lobster meat, doused it with melted butter and put it on a bun. Simple, yes, but delicious. You can find modern-day exemplars at Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock in New London, Lobster Landing in Clinton, the Lobster Shack in Branford and Johnny Ad’s in Old Saybrook.

Whole Lobsters

Sometimes only a complete lobster will do, complete with bib, shell cracker and accompanying melted butter. You can find yours at seafood restaurants such as Westbrook Lobster in Clinton and Wallingford, Max’s Oyster Bar in West Hartford or at a classic steakhouse, say The Capital Grille in Stamford or David Burke Prime Steakhouse at Foxwoods Resort Casino, where every Monday is Lobster Night. For a unique treat, head for The Place in Guilford, where you can dine outdoors while a crackling wood fire cooks your lobster to smoky perfection.

Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese

This could be the ultimate comfort food, and now it can be found at a number of places around Connecticut. You can give it a try at Mac N’ Out in Milford and MacDaddy’s in Monroe, both of which specialize in many, many different sorts of mac ‘n’ cheese, or lobster specialist LobsterCraft in Darien.

Lobster Bisque

Creamy, lobstery, with a touch of sherry, lobster bisque is a wonderful way to taste our favorite crustacean. You can get yours at a full-fledged restaurant such at Good News Café in Woodbury, The Lazy Lobster in Milford or Gaspar’s in New London. Or you might try the more casual approach at Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough in Noank (which will also ship lobsters or lobster rolls to your door) or the Clam Castle in Madison.

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Still not satisfied? Go ahead and try classic New England meals at these favorite places: