It is summer time. There’s a new race track I would like to volunteer my services at. The road trip takes me along some beautiful coastline in Connecticut. Connecticut is famous for fresh seafood and specifically their Lobster Rolls (with butter (hot) or mayo (cold)). I love food. I love fresh seafood. I’m not in any particular rush to get to the track as I’m leaving the day before the event and am curious to find out for myself which place sells the best lobster roll. I am about to drop more money on lunch than I did on my flight to Atlanta for Petit Le Mans, and yet somehow I’m excited. It’s after midnight and the trip will take place in just a few hours after I get some sleep, but I think some last minute planning is in order to plot a few restaurants with the “best lobster roll” search results on Google. And if I don’t write it down I’ll never remember it, so here it goes…
My plan is to visit two or three lobster shacks along the CT shoreline to sample some of their famous fresh seafood. Connecticut is not terribly far from where I live, about an hour’s drive to Stamford with no traffic, and maybe two to three hours further to the Rhode Island border. My plan is to stop at the first place around 11am, have brunch. Then take the scenic route to the next stop about half way down and the last stop closer to the highway that will take me north to Massachusetts by New London. That’s the plan anyway, and everything is subject to change pending local conditions, weather and a bunch of other variables.
The most valuable search results on the topic came from reading a few blogs including Foodie Fatale, which has the top 5 lobster roll places in CT listed in a 2010 post that was re-published in 2013 and is apparently still relevant judging by all the replies there: http://foodiefatale.com/lobster-lust-top-5-lobster-rolls-on-the-connecticut-shoreline-revisited/ The other blog on the same subject is Lobster Gal, who is on a quest to sample every lobster roll in New England, and beyond according to the blog title: http://lobstergal.com/to-visit-list/connecticut/ that’s my kind of gal! And finally CTbites blog has the best warm lobster rolls in Fairfield County listed, which I’ll use again not so much for it’s material in the post but for all the replies people left in the comments section: http://www.ctbites.com/home/2013/6/2/the-best-warm-lobster-rolls-on-the-connecticut-coast.html
So out of all the recommendations I shall pick the following stops based on their location from West to East along the i95 corridor from New York to Rhode Island:
High Tide Gourmet Food Truck (Foxon Road (Route 80) at the East Haven and North Branford Townline, CT) http://hightidegourmet.com/
Seven Seas (16 New Haven Ave, Milford, CT 06460) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Seven-Seas-Restaurant-Pub/321580913828
Lobster Shack (7 Indian Neck Ave, Branford, CT 06405) http://lobstershackct.com/
Lobster Landing (152 Commerce St, Clinton, CT 06413) https://www.facebook.com/LobsterLandingLLC
Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock (80 Hamilton St, New London, CT 06320) http://www.captscotts.com/
My goal is to try at least one hot lobster roll and one cold lobster roll. Seafood is pretty light so I don’t anticipate to get too full on the first stop, although judging on how most places add fries and coleslaw to either prop up a meal or justify the $18 price tag, I’m not sure… I don’t like wasting food. At some point I also want to get some New England Clam Chowder. But I may save that for dinner up in Massachusetts as most places tend to run out of lobster meat early on in the day based on the reviews I’ve been reading.
Very excited about this trip and will report back soon, hopefully with some pictures to go with the story… for now enjoy this Red Lobster branded race car… because Race Car!