12 Lobster Shacks You Can’t Miss

Learn from the editors of Yankee, and from our readers, which are the best lobster shacks in New England.

Cooked Lobster on Platter of Ice
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Learn from the editors of Yankee, and from our readers, which are the best lobster shacks in New England. Do you like your lobster roll hot and buttered Connecticut-style, or do you crave Maine’s version, chilled with mayo and fixins? In a few months, lobster shacks along New England’s coast will start popping open like flowers in bloom for the short-yet-busy season, and you can find both favorites in our list of the 12 Best Lobster Shacks in New England. The best lobster in New England is only a short drive away! One of the most picturesque lobster shacks in New England is in South Thomaston, Maine, serving a six-ounce “Rolls Royce” lobster roll, served chilled, with mayo slathered on the bun or melted butter on the side. Could this be the best lobster roll in New England? There are 11 more delicious lobster peddlers to help you decide. At another lobster shack in Noank, Conn., lobsters are cooked using the slow-steaming method, in massive cast-iron vaults, to seal in all the crustaceans’ natural flavor.
Lobster Rolls at Catrine House
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If you can believe it, the best lobster in Massachusetts may not even be on the Cape! At one lobster shack in Rockport, Mass., crustaceans are cooked continuously throughout the day, so there’s rarely a wait for a fresh-cooked meal. You certainly won’t want to miss the steamed lobsters that are then roasted over an open-air, wood-fed firepit served alongside flame-roasted corn on the cob, in Guilford, Conn. The best lobster in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine and New Hampshire have all been selected by New England-based travel writer Mike Urban, author of the book Lobster Shacks: A Road-Trip Guide to New England’s Best Lobster Joints. He dishes his choices for the 12 best lobster shacks and the best lobster roll in New England, and you won’t be surprised to learn that none are too far from the coast. Whether you like your lobster in a traditional grilled hotdog bun, wood-roasted, or slow steamed, one of our picks for the best lobster shacks is sure to be a great meal. Discover the best lobster in New England, from Maine to Rhode Island, when you read our 12 Best Lobster Shacks in New England article in the Summer Destinations Special Collection! Love lobster and the New England summertime? Our Summer Destinations Special Collection reviews some of the region’s best beachside attractions and will provide all the inspiration you need to plan your next seaside vacation and enjoy lobster the way you like it. With your Yankee All-Access Charter Membership, you have full access to everything in the Summer Destinations Special Collection, including:
Lobster Rolls with Butter on Picnic Table
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