Lobster Lover’s Guide Last Updated: May 2021
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 all over the state, served in all sorts of ways and always hard to say no to. Here’s a quick look at some of the best purveyors that are currently offering takeout, delivery or outdoor dining.
As a reminder, be sure to check each businesses’ website for new safety guidelines before ordering or venturing out.
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. There’s also Lobster Landing in Clinton, the Lobster Shack in East Haven and Johnny Ad’s in Old Saybrook.
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 and Max’s Oyster Bar in West Hartford. Or create a classic steakhouse experience right at home by ordering takeout from The Capital Grille in Stamford or David Burke Prime Steakhouse at Foxwoods Resort Casino. 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 or MacDaddy’s in Monroe, both of which specialize in many, many different sorts of mac ‘n’ cheese, or from lobster specialist LobsterCraft in Fairfield.
Creamy, lobstery, with a touch of sherry, lobster bisque is a wonderful way to taste our favorite crustacean. You can get yours at The Lazy Lobster in Milford. Or you might try the more casual approach at Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough in Noank where you can dine outside and enjoy beautiful water views. Or head to the Clam Castle in Madison for a delicious to-go meal.