Jul 28

Lobsta!

On my recent trip to the east coast, I had some time to myself for rest and refreshment.  One of the things that I did each day was walk a mile or two in one direction until I found something interesting.  In preparation for the trip, I had looked at a few maps to see what would be within walking distance.

Interrupting myself: I think that I can safely say that traveling without a car was good for me on this trip.  I had to rely on others for transportation on some parts of the trip, and I had to get in some exercise on other parts.  This is the first time since we lived in Edinburgh that I traveled this way to this extent, and I really enjoyed both the freedom and the limitations of the experience.  And many thanks to those who lent me their wheels.

The Lobster Pool, located on Folly Cove in Rockport, MA, proved to be an excellent find both in taste and in location.  Within walking distance (just over a mile) from where I stayed, this restaurant welcomed me with open arms.  Between the views and the menu, this restaurant delivered a huge bang for my buck.  It’s a seafood place, so that is what you will find on the menu!  I think that they may harvest their own lobsters as there were lobster buoys in the cove.  I have no confirmation of that, so no one should use me as a source for a Wikipedia source.

When I arrived, I was not terribly hungry.  That did no matter, though, because there is plenty of seating outside (including an adirondak [?] chair of which I do not have a photo because I sat in it as I took photos).

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I sat outside for a good hour and a half taking in the sights and sounds of the cove.

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They apparently encourage guests to play these instruments.  Unfortunately, no one did while I was there.  I know of a few people who would have found this super fun!

You cannot go to a place with “lobster” in its name without eating lobster (at least I can’t!).

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Pictured above is my dinner.  Do not worry – he (or she???) is not alive in this picture. In fact, below the rock is the serving dish from which I removed the lobster in order to take this picture. The lobster was actually steaming hot!

I made quite a few other customers laugh as I positioned, re-positioned, and still re-positioned the lobster into the perfect pose for this picture.  One of them even offered to take my picture with the lobster!  I declined and explained that the picture was for my blog; therefore, I do not need to be in the picture.

Would I go back to The Lobster Pool?  In a heartbeat.

Would I order lobster again?  Sure – but I might also want to try their shrimp (my favorite!).

What would I try next time?  Their onion rings!  They only come in one size for $6.95, and that seemed like a lot for one person.  This is the (one) down-side of spending part of your vacation alone: no one with whom to share an order of onion rings.

Do you like lobster?  If not, what about it makes you dislike it?  If yes, where have you had the best lobster?  I am of the opinion that the only way to eat lobster is recently caught, near the place it was caught, and with alive-to-dead and on my plate time within minutes.

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  1. Avatar of jamesem jamesem says:

    That is the absolutely best way to eat lobster, Stacy! As a transplanted state of Maine native, (born in Bangor), I am saddened by the so called ‘lobster’ offerings up here in MN, WI & the Dakota’s. Fortunately, Cub Foods does a fly in program around the Holidays and that is the only time you can get bonafied FRESH New England lobster. Served with New England ‘Brown Bread’, it’s an annual treat! Stay away from the nice enough looking frozen lobster tails you find in some stores (Sam’s Club, for one). Look at the label carefully and you’ll find they’re actually from Honduras, Mexico or the Caribbean. These are warm water lobsters which are nothing like cold water ones. Granted, they are cousins — but with little of that sweet, fresh taste you find in New England or Eastern Canada lobster. To me, the warm water type taste more like a big shrimp, with a slight distasteful old ‘fishy’ taste. Also, when in New England and visiting a ‘Lobster Pound’, as they call them (sort of like a dog pound), I go for the lobster rolls. These are usually a nice roll filled with the place’s particular lobster salad recipe. Faster, cheaper and all meat — delicious!

    • Avatar of Stacy Bender Stacy Bender says:

      Thanks for all of the tips! I grew up going to New England every summer and then lived outside of Boston for 4 years while my husband attended seminary. I have tried the lobster roll, and I am not fond of the extras. I am a purist (except for adding a ton of butter!) when it comes to lobster, and part of the fun is taking it apart. :) This is going to sound a bit strange, but I am just fine with only eating lobster when on the coast…I love that what I ate that day may have been caught that morning. :)

      ps: Great to “meet” you – always fun to have new commenters who have something in common with me. :) Happy day to you!

  2. Avatar of opinionated opinionated says:

    I am not from the NE, but do tour the area on occasion having a sibling and friends throughout the region. My favorite thing is still the culinary expose offered by the region, fresh Lobster in particular. You are right, there’s no doubt the live to plate are in the pole position for quality, taste and texture. I do need to stand up for the warm water versions though. Even if not the NE best, they are still top shelf and a close second if fresh. And if you so not have the privilege of being in the right location you learn to make do. This is also a good culinary choice if you find yourself in the SE.
    Still think the best advice one can offer is to do regional dishes wherever and whenever you find yourself away from home. I find myself traveling the world frequently and the best advice I’ve ever received from another world traveler was to hear his opening line in a restaurant. It was something to the effect of “What do you have that you can serve me that I cannot get anywhere else in the world”. I’ve since used this sentiment in various ways and in countless countries and cultural settings. Most often your server helps you identify something that is a specialty or unique offering.
    Whatever you do, if you travel seldom or frequently other one, never in foreign places go to a Fridays, an Olive Garden, Chilis, McDonalds, or any other franchise you’ve ever heard of. For that matter try your hardest to not select a restaurant in any touristy area anywhere. Surf the web, ask advice from locals, use any and every tool at your access to find the small place on the backstreet across town who make a living off serving up quality rather than dishing up to tourists.
    Great article. Brought me back to a place whose name I can’t even remember today. It was in a town called Kittery (sp) located on I95 just as you enter Maine from the South. There are several strip maolls and such also in the area, but set back and away was a place recommended by friends who live nearby. A plethora of fresh seafood choices, reasonable process and tremendous quality. They also sell the frozen warmed version dishes like most restaurants, but if you specify they do serve fresh selections as well. Always ask. You can be burned at a seafood restaurant at the Cape and get frozen deep fried if you’re not careful.

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