Our family are HUGE LOBSTER ROLL fans. HUGE. And I have driven up to three hours to get my fix whenever we are in New England and have enough time to search for yet another LOBSTER SHACK or restaurant, usually along the rugged coast of Maine. Our best experience so far had been at the Lobster Shack at Cape Elizabeth, Maine, on that horrible September we dropped off the Teen for the first time at boarding school. We hung around New England for another 3 days in case she decided to bail out. :)
On another visit to the Teen, we ate lobster rolls at Chauncey Creek, on the New Hampshire coast instead. We also hit seafood festivals on the coast, and ate at various inland places also offering good lobster rolls. When we were last in New Hampshire, for the Teen’s graduation, she disappeared to spend her last few days with friends after school had ended, and we were left to our own devises. Of course that inevitably meant yet another quest for a good lobster roll. Local friends suggested we seek out the original Beach Plum location on the coast in New Hampshire, roughly an hour or so drive away. With trusty GPS on board, we followed first highways, then smaller back roads to this legendary lobster “shack”. Trust me, any “shack” that can command say $35 for a huge lobster roll better be legendary… :)
No, the hummer was not our rental vehicle. :) We parked, got out of the car, and despite the extensive menu, had been advised beforehand that the must-haves were definitely the lobster roll and the lobster bisque. We didn’t opt for the foot long lobster roll at $35 or so, so we had the smaller on for about $17 or so. A bowl of lobster bisque was also ordered along with a bottle of water and a soda. I think our bill came close to $40.
A few minutes later our ordered was called and I claimed a large bowl of bisque and a lobster roll overflowing with lobster. The roll was slathered with a bit of butter and toasted and the amount of filling was a bit overwhelming. I could have brought another 2 hotdog buns and spread out the lobster to feed a couple more folks. It was very, very good. Unlike some lobster rolls where the mayonnaise is just used as a topping, here it was all mixed in. But you can see from the photos that the lobster meat is the star, with the mayo just taking the supporting role.
The bisque, which appeared a bit nuclear orange at first, was to DIE FOR. Humongous chunks of lobster, a hot creamy and flavorful broth. It was perfect while sitting out on picnic tables with a slightly cool breeze coming off the ocean.
And let’s not forget one snapshot of the goofy garden statues… :) The simple verdict? Totally worth the drive, totally worth the money.