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Jul 31, 2006 03:41 PM

Lobster in the rough

Looking for a restaurant the serves boiled lobsters with drawn butter on picnic tables outside. BYOB or wine/beer preferred.

Anywhere from Boston to Essex - prefer Rockport. Is the Lobster Pool in Rockport any good?


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  1. I went to Essex Seafood recently - the lobster was good, although they were out of 1.5 lb'ers. It was also a little disconcerting to get a female filled with the red roe - I thought that might have been illegal to catch and serve - Actually called the Mass Dept. of Fisheries to inquire and was informed that, unfortunate as it is, there is no way to tell they are about to spawn until the eggs have migrated to the tail section (or something like that) - in any case, perfectly legal.

    But I will say that the dingy parking lot is not the best ambience for eating seafood, especially if you are going to make the drive out there.

    On my way home, drove by the Lobster Pool with its picnic benches overlooking the inlet and with the sun setting over the water, and thought, "Man, I got screwed!" tee-hee, not really, but you can't really screw up basic boiled lobster, so I'd definitely be willing to pay extra for such a nice scene.

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    1. re: Bob Dobalina

      As I am sure you are aware, some people consider the roe to be a delicacy and would be delighted to find a roe-filled female.

      1. re: Dax

        Count me amoung those who loves roe. Was up in Hampton visiting friends yesterday and had a good one at Dylan's. Hard to screw up twins, but they were $25.

        1. re: Dax

          Figured that out after the fact - Mario Batali would have throttled me, no doubt.

      2. Big fan of Lobster Pool. Usually very good in season (I had a mediocre day at the end of season last year). Plus you can't beat the scenery and view. Picnic tables overlooking the cove.

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        1. re: edgrimley

          Excellent. Looks like the Lobster Pool it is. Are they BYOB?

          1. re: gini

            According to most of the historical posts here, yes.

            1. re: Dax

              I went to the Lobster Pool two weeks ago and very much enjoyed my lobster and view. It was indeed BYOB. Their website says they are BYOB because Rockport is dry. They obviously haven't changed their site since Rockport changed the law to allow alcohol licenses in restaurants. In any case they don't (yet?) have a license and welcome BYOB.
              Happy eating.

          2. It finally cooled down enough for D and I to go here after work. We ordered two 1 1/2# boiled lobsters, onion rings and sweet potato fries. $24.95 gets you the lobster (soft shell), french fries, and coleslaw. The onion rings (which were thick and excellent) and sweet potato fries were probably $3.95 each.

            We BYOBed and sat at the picnic tables outside to watch the sunset over the water. Lovely.

            They also had a seafood quesadilla, a lobster roll with no celery filler for $13.95 and the usual fried fish and sandwiches. Self serve, relaxed, decent price.

            Thanks for the rec:).