The truth of the matter is that seafood – together with fish – doesn’t journey, and the perfect, most flavorsome seafood dishes will probably be discovered close to the supply: on the coast. There are not any finer or more energizing fish or seafood eating places than these discovered throughout the proximity of New England’s stunning shoreline, from Connecticut via Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and on as much as Maine.
The Lobster Trap – Bourne, Massachusetts
The Lobster Trap in Bourne, Massachusetts — Photo courtesy of Linda Laban
This indoor-outdoor restaurant and recent seafood market (for residence cooks) is ready in decidedly un-touristy Bourne on Cape Cod’s western edge. It’s the place fortunate locals and guests in-the-know nosh on succulent fried entire stomach clams, creamy clam chowder, stuffed quahog (an enormous clam) and, in fact, lobster – all of the whereas overlooking an expanse of pure salt marsh and an enormous popular culture mural.
Union Oyster House – Boston, Massachusetts
Union Oyster House in Boston, Massachusetts — Photo courtesy of Linda Laban
Not solely does one get a giant slice of Boston historical past right here in America’s oldest restaurant in steady service (licensed by a National Register of Historic Places plaque), however the seafood is superb. At Union Oyster House, you will discover “Yankee-style” creamy chowder, scrod (which simply means catch of the day), crispy fish and chips, and oysters, the latter freshly shucked from the very bar the place famed prepare dinner Julia Child and, lengthy earlier than her, statesman Daniel Webster would sit, slurping them down.
Oyster Club – Mystic, Connecticut
Oyster Club in Mystic, Connecticut — Photo courtesy of Linda Laban
This much-honored restaurant overlooking this charming, vibrant coastal Connecticut city, combines a comfortable indoor eating room and open kitchen with a tiered outside eating deck, often known as the Treehouse. While outside eating right here is eclectic, indoor diners might watch the oyster shucker’s sturdy fingers open candy Mystics and brinier Fishers Islands, every pulled out of Long Island Sound.
Local and extra sustainable fish, like fluke, pan-roasted and served with oyster mushrooms and child fingerling potatoes, or small smelt, which is used within the Caesar salad’s dressing as an alternative of anchovy.
Select Oyster Bar – Boston, Massachusetts
Select Oyster Bar in Boston, Massachusetts — Photo courtesy of Linda Laban
Set in a Back Bay townhouse, this lively boîte is a favourite with the downtown set, who clamber to cram in collectively on the bar, on the large desk within the window or within the conservatory. Dine on hamachi crudo with tart ardour fruit coulis, blue crab salad with crunchy creamy celery root remoulade, and steaming bowls of saffron-infused bouillabaisse laden with entire shrimp, mussels, clams and native monkfish.
Bob’s Clam Hut – Kittery, Maine
Bob’s Clam Hut in Kittery, Maine — Photo courtesy of Linda Laban
In 1956, the late Robert Kraft, native Mainer and avid newbie clam digger, opened Bob’s Clam Hut in his mum or dad’s yard, off Route 1 in Kittery. It was successful and has remained a beloved seafood diner. The menu broadened to incorporate clam chowder, lobster stew and rolls, and different fish favorites.
At one level, a second recipe for cooking clams was added: longtime worker Lillian Mango challenged Kraft’s easy flour-dredged clams, and Lillian’s methodology of pre-dipping the clam in egg wash stays an choice. Order Bob’s, or Lil’s, or do a cut up combining the 2 and argue the toss, identical to Bob and Lillian did!
Coquette – Boston, Massachusetts
Coquette in Boston, Massachusetts — Photo courtesy of Linda Laban
This attractive restaurant in Boston’s Seaport brings some “ooh la la” to New England’s seafood scene. Try the towering La Petit Plage, boasting oysters, littleneck clams, big shrimp, lobster tail, mussels and tuna. More humbly, however equally tasty, attempt a easy plate of northeast oysters – together with meaty Wellfleets and Cotuits from Cape Cod – or one in all big wild shrimp. Both are splendid appetizers or cocktail companions.
The Banks Fish House – Boston, Massachusetts
The Banks Fish House in Boston, Massachusetts — Photo courtesy of Linda Laban
This chic Back Bay restaurant, named for the good Atlantic Ocean’s as soon as fertile fishing area, Georges Bank, is cut up over two flooring, every with an exquisite view of Copley Square’s Trinity Church and the magnificent modernist Hancock Building.
This newer restaurant additionally presents a high-quality choice of North Atlantic seafood, each in traditional recipes and ones with new twists. The New England clam chowder, although creamy and wealthy, is served in a tall mug somewhat than a cup. And amongst a number of flatbreads, The Chowda repurposes clam chowder to create a white pizza laden with clam and potato, topped with oyster crackers.
Jumpin’ Jay’s – Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Jumpin’ Jay’s in Portsmouth, New Hampshire — Photo courtesy of Linda Laban
Located within the coronary heart of this architecturally enticing city on New Hampshire’s brief shoreline, Jumpin’ Jay’s kitchen cooks up beloved New England seafood classics, however usually contains an Italian spin. For occasion, haddock piccata, linguine with littleneck clams with a touch of purple pepper flakes, or a luxurious seafood fettuccine full of diver scallops, mussels and shrimp, topped with powdered pistachio.
Diners will see the busy oyster shuckers at work on the uncooked bar. The shuck-a-buck nights provide regional oysters at a buck a pop. And, sure, that actually will get the place jumpin’, as locals crowd in, particularly having fun with a seat on the raised central bar to slurp oysters and sip an area beer.
Champlin’s – Narragansett, Rhode Island
Champlin’s in Narragansett, Rhode Island — Photo courtesy of Faye Pantazopoulos
When it involves boat-to-table seafood, this quaint seaside city’s longtime favourite eatery is positioned on the entrance to Galilee Harbor, residence of Rhode Island’s largest fishing fleet. This is the place all of it occurs. Dine on the informal restaurant deck or inside, overlooking the water, and watch native fishermen unload their every day catch.
Champlin’s menu actually does honor the ocean’s bounty: lobster, oyster and clam rolls; fish and chips created from dry battered flounder; and the New England seafood feast often known as the clam bake, made up of clams, lobster, corn and potatoes.
Nubb’s Lobster Shack – Cape Neddick, Maine
Nubb’s Lobster Shack in Cape Neddick, Maine — Photo courtesy of Cliff House Maine
Tucked contained in the Cliff House Maine, an oceanfront resort on Vacationland’s southern coast, there may be the famed lobster in all its acquainted and newer culinary types: entire, rolls, but additionally within the idiosyncratic lobster totchos, a pairing of lobster meat and tater tots in a nachos-style dish.
The Nubb’s menu additionally strains up clam chowder, crab desserts, entire stomach clams, fried Maine oysters, and fish and chips. Order on the window, true lobster shack fashion, and eat inside or out, overlooking the cliff and the ocean.