A surprising and unexpected find on a road trip to Boston, just off highway 91 in New Haven, CT… surprising, as the name on the establishment and on online maps are not the same, and the name on their charge receipt also doesn’t show up at the same location. They’re actually at 307 Front Street in Fair Haven, CT, in what used to be the Boat House Café... which is what we saw on Google Maps as we were searching for that elusive, perfect, legendary, lobster roll.!!
The location is great, though the approach is somewhat shoddy. One has get off highway 91 and wind Eastwards through some seedy neighborhoods to the backwaters of the lower Quinnipiac River, and dive amongst marinas and boatyards to find this small, rustic waterfront shack. It’s a great spot overlooking the river, with a back deck that makes full use of that view across the water to a bunch of nicer properties and a forest preserve in East Haven. Tables with umbrellas along this deck offer a shady escape from the blue expanse and the unrelenting, summer sunshine.
Did I mention that we were looking for a lobster roll? We, we certainly found it… and how! This one was lobster… lobster and just lobster, filled in heaps between two slices of a split bread-roll. No cream, dressing, mayo, greens, paste, pasta, whatever ~ just lobster. And to die for. Just about the best lobster roll around. The fries and onion rings (options, options…) are served on the side and are prepared fresh and crisp. No boxed or pre-cooked and frozen rubbish here. If you want a real “lobster roll” and not a “roll, with lobster” …this is the one !!
The owner and staff are very welcoming and helpful. We were allowed to bring our dog out to the deck with us, and our waitress brought out some cold water for him to drink.. unfortunately, the iced water didn’t go down too well with him and he had an up-chuck episode on their deck (yikes!) which I cleaned up as fast as possible before any of the other patrons saw it and complained.
The $20/roll price seems steep at first, for the location. It’s high even by NYC standards. However, I think they give you a full, though small sized animal in each order. Grrrreat lunch.. just wish I’d ordered a chilled beer to go with it but we still had a long way to drive after such a large bite, so discretion got the better of avarice.
Go for it, ladies and guys… it’s worth the trip off the highway and down depression-memory lane.