By the editors of Coastal Living
April 07, 2003
Jean Allsopp


Bayview Lobster, Camden Harbor, Camden, ME; 207/236-2005 or . The excellent clam chowder at this friendly place on Camden Harbor's busy boardwalk makes a fine prelude to a deliciously unadorned lobster roll. (2006)

Billy's Chowder House, 216 Mile Rd., Wells, ME; 207/646-7558 or . Large portions, fresh chowder, lobster, and stuffed haddock, plus nice views of a tidal marsh. (1999)

The Captain's, 1 Pier Rd., Cape Porpoise, ME; 207/967-2341. Comfort food, pure and simple. Fried clams make a special trip worthwhile. So do The Captain's freshly baked pies and cakes. Operating hours are seasonal. (2006)

Cappy's Chowder House, 1 Main St., Camden, ME; 207/236-2254 or . Oh, if we could only have a cup of Cappy's creamy, thick, peppery, clam-filled, soul-warming chowder now. The seasonal nightly lobster specials are always a good deal. (2004)

The Clam Shack, 2 Western Ave., Kennebunkport, ME; 207/967-3321. High-toned Kennebunkport dearly loves this dowdy little hut at the bridge in the center of town. Try the fried clams or the lobster roll. (2005)

Cook's Lobster House, 68 Garrison Cove Rd., Bailey Island, ME; 207/833-2818 or . Come for the views, the lobster dishes, and the steamed mussels. Cook's also ships lobsters anywhere. (2002)

Dolphin Chowderhouse, 515 Basin Point, Harpswell, ME; 207/833-6000 or . Chowder and a giant blueberry muffin make a great meal. (2001)

Lobster Pound Restaurant, Route 1, Lincolnville Beach, ME; 207/789-5550 or˜lobstrlb . Dramatic views of Penobscot Bay. (1997)

The Lobster Shack at Two Lights, 225 Two Lights Rd., Cape Elizabeth, ME; 207/799-1677 or . Good chowder and lobster rolls. Scenic oceanside setting at the Cape Elizabeth Light. (2000)

Thurston's Lobster Pound, Steamboat Wharf Road, Bernard, ME; 207/244-7600 or . At this hard-to-find shack on working Bass Harbor pier (near Acadia National Park), the live lobsters come straight off the boats into a tank, from which you pick a winner. Thurston's opens for the season Memorial Day weekend. (2007)

Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound, 1237 Bar Harbor Rd., Trenton, ME; 207/667-2977 or . This family-run place cooks lobsters and clams in big seawater pots in front of the building. (2003)


Arnold's Lobster & Clam Bar, 3580 State Highway, Eastham, MA; 508/255-2575; . The long lines move quickly, and the fried seafood (especially clams) and onion rings are worth the wait. (2003)

The Barking Crab, 88 Sleeper St., Boston, MA; 617/426-2722. Start with the spicy calamari, then proceed to the clambake. (1998)

Bayside Lobster Hutt, 91 Commercial St., Wellfleet, MA; 508/349-6333 or . Open late June through early September for great lobster and sea-clam pie. (1999)

Capt'n Frosty's, 210 Route 6A, Dennis, MA; 508/385-8548. Capt'n Frosty's, grafted onto the back of a 1950s-era Cape Cod dairy bar, serves wonderful fried clams-juicy but not greasy. For dessert, walk around to the ice cream stand in front. (2005)

Clam Box of Ipswich, 246 High St., Ipswich, MA; 978/356-9707 or . Clam Box rejects two fixtures of modern life: credit cards and frozen seafood. The fish, scallops, and oysters taste as good as the fried clams and chowder. Look for the building shaped like a clam box. (2006)

Kream 'N Kone, 961 Route 28, Dennisport, MA; 508/394-0808 or . Excellent seafood at a nice waterfront location. (2000)

No Name Restaurant, 15 ½ Fish Pier, Boston, MA; 617/423-2705. Seafood right off the boat. Ask for the broiled seafood platter. (1998)

Woodman's of Essex, 121 Main St., Essex, MA; 800/649-1773 or . Claims to have invented the fried clam; certainly serves a wonderful version. (1997)


Flo's Clam Shack, 4 Wave Ave., Middleton, RI; 401/847-8141. Try the fried clams, the Fiery Stuffed Quahogs, the Italian-style calamari, and the Rhode Island chowder. (2001)

Evelyn's Drive-In, 2335 Main Rd., Tiverton, RI; 401/624-3100 or . Evelyn's has come back strong after a 2005 fire. You can eat your lobster roll at one of the shaded picnic tables along the water. (2005)


Abbott's Lobster in the Rough, 117 Pearl St., Noank, CT; 860/536-7719 or A classic summer-season-only lobster shack with great views of Long Island Sound and the Mystic River. (1999)

Captain Scott's Lobster Dock, 80 Hamilton St., New London, CT; 860/439-1741. Lobster rolls, steamed clams, fried platters. Open spring through early fall; BYO beer and wine. (2003)

Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale, 1301 Boston Post Rd., Madison, CT; 205/245-7289 or . Of the two locations (Madison and nearby Westbrook), we prefer the more casual one in Madison. We especially like the fried shrimp, lobster roll, and clear-broth clam chowder. (2007)

Lenny's Indian Head Inn, 205 S. Montowese St., Branford, CT; 203/488-1500 or . Zero atmosphere but great food; try the "famous shore dinner," with lobster, clear-broth chowder, raw cherrystone clams, steamed clams, and sweet corn. (2001)

The Place, 901 Boston Post Rd., Guilford, CT; 203/453-9276 or . You sit at outdoor tables made from plywood mounted on logs. Everything, including the clams, steamers, mussels, shrimp, bluefish, lobster, and corn on the cob (dunked in butter), cooks on an immense grill. Bring your own alcohol, side dishes, and seat cushion. Cash or check only; The Place is open April to October. (2004)

Sono Seaport Seafood, 100 Water St., South Norwalk, CT; 203/854-9483 or . Locals love the crab-cake sandwich and daily specials. (2000)

Westbrook Lobster, 346 E. Main St., Clinton, CT; 800/359-4871 or . Lobster Savannah is the house specialty. (1998)


The Clam Bar at Napeague, 2 025 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett, NY; 631/267-6348. Few summer pleasures can match devouring a plate of steamed clams-or whatever your seafood pleasure-in the salty open air at The Clam Bar, not caring whether the juices dribble onto your chin, your beach attire, or the pebbles underfoot. Open early May until early fall, depending on the weather; cash only. (2004)

Orient By the Sea Restaurant and Marina, Main Road, Orient Point, NY; 631/323-2424 or . The perfect place for a hot flounder sandwich or Lazy Lobster (removed from the shell) on the North Shore of Long Island. (2002)