Restaurant: Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough – 117 Pearl Street, Noank, Connecticut
Summer is quickly approaching, and for food lovers that means plenty of seasonal shore restaurants are open, and serving lobster rolls! Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough is no stranger to being reviewed. In fact, they excel at it, winning numerous awards for their lobster rolls, including being named About.com’s “Best Place to Eat a Lobster Roll in New England” in 2012.
Abbott’s embodies your “no frills” seasonal shore restaurant. Casual is the theme. An oversized menu board is on display as you walk up to the counter where you place your order. From there, it’s help yourself as diners stake out a seat at any of the indoor tables or the more than ample outdoor picnic tables lining the water. Shortly after, your number is called and you go fetch your food, which comes out on cafeteria trays and is served with plastic utensils. Don’t expect anything fancy here, and be sure to embrace it.
The lobster rolls at Abbott’s aren’t the kind that come doused in mayo, although you can get that if you want. Abbott’s hot lobster roll is simply lobster and butter on a seeded, toasted hamburger bun. The large chunks of lobster that make up the sandwich are perfectly formed together (one could say almost like a sandcastle if you want to keep with the beach theme). This sandwich is warm, buttery and delicious. Lobster tastes great to begin with and Abbott’s knows you don’t need to do that much to it to make one hell of a lobster roll.
Aside from ordering at the counter, Abbott’s is self serve. You only have yourself to blame if the service sucks.
Lobster rolls aren’t cheap, especially at seasonal restaurants right next to the ocean. Be prepared to spend some money. A lobster roll will set you back $15.95. You get a good amount of lobster for this price, but in the end, it’s still a hamburger-sized sandwich.
Abbott’s can be a little touristy and off the beaten path, but if you want one of the best lobster rolls in Connecticut, be sure to check them out. Abbott’s shows us that there’s no need to ruin a good thing with lots of different sauces. Sometimes, all you need is a little (or a lot) of butter.