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Aug 28, 2012 07:21 PM

Lobster shack around Fairhaven/New Bedford?

My online searching isn't helping me, so I figured I'd ask the chowhounds. I think I've about exhausted the various posts covering the area, so I hope you folks can help a visitor out.

Coming to the area towards the end of the week, looking for the kind of place where you order from a counter and pick up up your order when they call your number. You know, the basic lobster shack. Don't mind a drive (maybe half an hour?), but the closer the better.

I think I've got it covered for my fried clams fix, for ice cream (so many intriguing options!) and for a sit-down meal, but this lobster thing has me stymied. Any ideas?

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  1. I hear good things about the Oxford Creamery in nearby Mattapoisett.

    8 Replies
    1. re: chuck s

      Thanks. Funny name for a lobster place.

      We're leaving tomorrow, we're now focussing our lobster search on the area between Fairhaven and providence. Suggestions still most welcome.

      1. re: Helen F

        Pass on Oxford Creamery, trust me. Evelyn's Drive In in Tiverton RI (near Fairhaven) is the only place I can think of that qualifies as a "Lobster Shack". Probably more accurate to call it a clam shack anyway as that's what they usually are outside of Maine. Beware as it get frequent slams on the board. Haven't been in years myself.

        1. re: CapeCodGuy

          Thanks, did see Evelyn's mentioned, but we can't eat another fried thing. Really need that boiled lobster dinner, preferably in simple surroundings. Is this attainable?

          1. re: Helen F

            Not a shack, but "simple" as requested....On the water In Fall Rive....Le Pages Seafood......

            1. re: CapeCodGuy

              While not a shack, Davy's Locker at 1480 E Rodney French Blvd, New Bedford serves lobsters in a relatively informal restaurant setting.

              1. re: Clams047

                Thanks to both for your suggestions. We're about to hit the road so your timing is perfect. I'll look those places up right now.

                1. re: Helen F

                  Ok, so LePage's it was, and it turned out to be exactly what we needed -- as described, a nice, simple place, that knows what to do with a lobster, or, more to the point, what not to do. Here's a better version of their link, the one above didn't work for me:

                  They had a number of lobster specials on Saturday. We both opted for the 1.5 lb lobster w/ 2 sides, for $20. The sides were fine, I especially enjoyed the barely sautéed mix of zucchini & yellow squash -- I hate overcooked veg, this was fresh, almost raw & still tasted like a vegetable. Very nice, and rare to find in a restaurant. The slaw was a bit on the sweet side, but otherwise fine. The lobsters were fresh, sweet, and meaty. We had a grand time dismembering & devouring them. The staff was super-nice, and the view from the shaded patio very pleasant.

                  Thanks again for coming to our rescue with your suggestions.

                  Edit: also, a couple of minutes E on Rt 6, we enjoyed Lickety Splits for our once-in-a-summer splurge of hot fudge over soft-serve. Hard for us to believe we managed it after that lobster lunch/dinner, but we did! Very nice example of the genre. Thanks to the server at LePage's who recommended it.

      2. re: chuck s

        Oxford Creamery lobster roll is very good. Try the Grape Nuts ice cream for dessert.