Well summer in New England is just not complete without lots of seafood, lobster in particular! We have had a lovely summer trying some seafood shacks that we haven’t tried before. A couple of weekends ago we tried the Lobster Pool in Rockport, MA. It is gorgeous setting right on Ipswich Bay on Cape Ann. It is a causal setting where you order your food and then take it to one of the tables inside or the picnic tables outside. We ordered our staple fried shrimp and a 1.5lb lobster. It was a little crowded so we sat on a blanket in the grass, overlooking Folly Cove. The shrimp, though a little small, was delicious. The batter was not as delicate as the shrimp at J.T. Farnham’s but still tasty. The lobster was wonderful! Perfectly steamed and very sweet! It was a nice treat after so many lobster rolls. The restaurant doesn’t have a liquor license so they allow you to bring your own drinks. We brought a bottle of white wine and had a lovely picnic! Though the food was not as good as J.T. Farnham’s the setting and atmosphere was definitely better! What a wonderful way to spend a summer evening watching the sunset (picture) and eating lobster!
A friend of ours was visiting over the July 4th weekend and this was his third visit to Boston so had done all of the major touristy things in the city and wanted to explore more New England specialties. As it is the summer, we thought it was necessary to visit a clam shack. We have been to Woodman’s and the Clam Box so decided to try J.T. Farnham’s. None of us are fans of clams therefore we tried our essentials; fried shrimp, fried haddock, and the lobster roll. Just perfect! The shrimp and haddock were perfectly fried without too much breading and were surprisingly not greasy (that is, for fried food!) The lobster roll was also delicious with large pieces of lobster which weren’t drenched in mayonnaise. The bread was toasted just enough to support the lobster and wasn’t too buttery. The service was a little slow but we were there near the end of the night, at 8pm and they close at 9pm. While I am not sure Franham’s was better than the Clam Box, it is very close second and it far surpasses Woodman’s. In the end, the simplicity and quality of the food seemed to surprise our friend who declared it his second favorite meal of the trip (after my eggs, of course!).
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