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Best Lobster Dishes + Where to Eat Them

Thursday, August 09, 2012

 

If there is a more iconic summertime food than lobster, we sure haven’t found it yet. And lucky us – the cold waters of the north Atlantic make these parts prime breeding grounds for our favorite crustacean. Prime eating grounds for lobster? Well, we’ve picked a few local spots where we love to dig in to lobster in its various, tasty forms.

Fluke, Newport

Only the freshest local and regional seafood makes the cut at one of Newport’s best restaurants. Rhode Island oysters, mussels, George’s Bank flounder, local striped bass – all done with creative preparations. We’ve enjoyed lobster salads twice here and both were more than memorable. Both featured sweet Rhode Island lobster with avocado…one included cucumber, tarragon and citrus, while the other packed a little more wallop due to a jalapeno vinaigrette. Fluke is also known for their killer cocktails, made with fresh ingredients with a nod to old-fashioned style and preparation techniques. 41 Bowens Wharf, 849-7778. www.flukewinebar.com

Hemenway's, Providence

Hemenway’s founder Ned Grace’s grandfather was an avid fisherman, and it was in his honor that Grace named the restaurant when he founded it more than 20 years ago. Since then it has been a go-to, classic spot for all things seafood, from raw bar items to classically-prepared lobster, salmon, swordfish and more. Dare we say they make the best classic lobster salad in the state, and they serve it two ways – either as a sandwich or on a bed of greens. If there’s a secret to Chef Steve Long’s preparation we don’t know what it is – it’s simple and spare and void of fancy, unnecessary ingredients. We’ve even considered asking them to forgo the greens and the roll and just give us a pile of it on a plate, with a fork. We haven’t gone that savage yet, but it is that inspiring. 121 South Main St, 351-8570, http://www.hemenwaysrestaurant.com

Ocean House, Watch Hill

The Ocean House is the place we all go to in our minds when we need a break from real life...the views are incredible, the restored building and grounds are breathtaking and the food is amazing. There are almost as many dining options as there are summer days at the Ocean House, but we love the Bistro. A little more casual than Seasons, the Bistro is always a good option especially if you're looking for lobster mac and cheese. This version just feels opulent. Cognac spikes the sauce, fontina cheese provides a different contrast to the lobster than you're used to and house made herb crumbs top it all off. The chunks of fresh lobster didn't hurt the cause either! We also tried the lobster roll with creme fraiche dressing and it was also very good. We sat under an umbrella and sipped a couple of cocktails and stared at the Atlantic. We haven't been this relaxed in a long time. 1 Bluff Ave, 584-7000, www.oceanhouseri.com
 

Anthony's Seafood, Middletown

This is one of those semi-secret places we don't like telling you about. Telling you leads to crowds and long lines and waits, but we’d be remiss if we didn't include the world-class lobster roll at Anthony's. Locals and tourists alike rave about it -- fresh, sweet, rich, and gigantic were some of the words we attempted to get out while inhaling this monstrosity. The roll was buttery and fresh and the chunks of lobster were huge. We also fell in love with a couple of the chefs' Portuguese dishes. The fish chowder was one of the better ones we've had and the shore dinner was terrific. The addition of chourico really spiced up the steamed seafood of the latter. The lobster roll is pricey at about $18, but it was worth every penny. 963 Aquidneck Ave, 846-9620, www.anthonysseafood.net

Ten Prime Steak and Sushi, Providence

Regular readers of our column know we are big fans of this restaurant and Chef David Jackson’s inspired cuisine. But we say things get even better starting August 20 when Ten celebrates its first-ever Lobster Week. Lunch and dinner menu items will include delectable things such as lobster ravioli, lobster and corn chowder, lobster potstickers, lobster salads and rolls, a New England lobster dinner, baked jumbo stuffed lobster tail (Hello! Yum!) and classic lobster Fricassee. You’ll find us there, at the bar, covered in butter. Can’t wait. 55 Pine St, 453-2333, www.tenprimesteakandsushi.com

David Burke Prime, Foxwoods Resort Casino

It may seem silly, in a state like Rhode Island, to send anyone over the border for lobster when there are so many good local choices. But with a nod to value and quality and a reminder that Foxwoods is so close, we have to mention Lobster Mondays at David Burke Prime. Their three-course lobster dinner, available Mondays only, is $33 per person. Two of those courses feature lobster, and the third is dessert. We started with lobster dumplings, bite-sized purses filled with lobster mousse that were delish, and a bowl of lobster bisque. Entrée choices include steamed or baked lobster, lobster carbonara, and even David Burke's signature "Angry" lobster – which is “angry” with spicy goodness and made us very happy. It’s an unsurpassed, delicious deal worth the trek. Foxwoods Grand Pequot Tower, 860-312-8753, www.davidburkeprime.com

 

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