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Abbott's Lobster in the Rough

117 Pearl St, Noank, CT - (860) 536-7719
Posted By Michael Stern on 12/9/2006 10:32:00 PM
Abbott’s is a long-running lobster picnic. Hugely crowded on nice summer evenings, it specializes in warm-weather shore dinners. Start with bracing, steel-gray chowder, then littlenecks on the half shell and/or steamers or mussels by the bucket with broth and butter for dipping. If you arrive with a big appetite, you will need to eat many hors d’oeuvre because the lobsters, cooked to order, can take a while. They are beauties, available whatever size you need, up to ten pounds!; but if you don’t have the energy to crack, pick, suck, and pluck your way through a whole one, this is a grand place to have a hot lobster roll – nothing but hunks of pink sweet meat bathed in butter, sandwiched inside a warm bun. (Cold lobster salad rolls are also available, as are hot and cold crab rolls.)

Abbott’s is one of the prettiest places in Connecticut to dine al fresco. Seating is at bare wooden tables, either in the open or under tents. Some civilized sorts actually bring their own tablecloths as well as their own wine. The air is filled with the salty smack of shore breezes, and background music is provided by gulls screeching in the sky (but kept away from the tables by invisible netting).

Abbott's generally opens early in May, but at first only on weekends. It is open every day through Labor day, then weekends-only again in October.

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This is a large lobster (3-4 pounds) split in half for the two of us.  As good as in Maine!
"This is a large lobster (3-4 pounds) split in half for the two of us. As good as in Maine!"
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle





From top Clockwise, 
Hot Lobster roll, Lobster Salid Roll, and a 1 1/2 
pound Abbotts Lobster, all served with Slaw and Abbotts chips
"From top Clockwise, Hot Lobster roll, Lobster Salid Roll, and a 1 1/2 pound Abbotts Lobster, all served with Slaw and Abbotts chips"
Rob Neistein


We think Abbott's clam chowder is the perfect Rhode Island style clear chowder.  No tomatoes, no milk or cream, just essence of clam.
"We think Abbott's clam chowder is the perfect Rhode Island style clear chowder. No tomatoes, no milk or cream, just essence of clam."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The hot lobster roll is mixed only with butter
"The hot lobster roll is mixed only with butter"
Stephen Rushmore


Abbott's open-air dining tables couldn't be more atmospheric.  This is the quintessential setting for a shoreline feast.  (photo courtesy of Jerry Mears)
"Abbott's open-air dining tables couldn't be more atmospheric. This is the quintessential setting for a shoreline feast. (photo courtesy of Jerry Mears)"
Michael Stern


There's a variety of dining settings available.  One popular option is on the pier.  You'll see the occasional boater tie up here for a lobster visit.
"There's a variety of dining settings available. One popular option is on the pier. You'll see the occasional boater tie up here for a lobster visit."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Abbott's has their own version of Rockport's famed artists' subject.
"Abbott's has their own version of Rockport's famed artists' subject."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Opening day 2006, and there's already a good size crowd.
"Opening day 2006, and there's already a good size crowd."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


At some point many years ago, this array of thin wires was installed above the outdoor dining area and, voila, gull problem solved!
"At some point many years ago, this array of thin wires was installed above the outdoor dining area and, voila, gull problem solved!"
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Giant animals are usually a sign of Roadfood greatness and here is an example.
"Giant animals are usually a sign of Roadfood greatness and here is an example."
Cliff Strutz


There will be a sign indicating what big lobsters are available that day, with current prices.
"There will be a sign indicating what big lobsters are available that day, with current prices."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The menu doesn't change much through the years (prices do).  Pretty much everything is good - even the hot dog (we haven't tried the peanut butter and jelly).
"The menu doesn't change much through the years (prices do). Pretty much everything is good - even the hot dog (we haven't tried the peanut butter and jelly)."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


For years, the Abbott's flag has inspired great loyalty among lobster-loving Roadfooders.
"For years, the Abbott's flag has inspired great loyalty among lobster-loving Roadfooders."
Michael Stern


This is Abbott's as you walk from the parking lot.  Menu to the right, order counter straight ahead.
"This is Abbott's as you walk from the parking lot. Menu to the right, order counter straight ahead."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Most people arrive by car, and some by boat; those who come on bicycles will find a handy place to park.
"Most people arrive by car, and some by boat; those who come on bicycles will find a handy place to park."
Michael Stern


What would Abbott's little brother restaurant be named?  Costello's, of course!
"What would Abbott's little brother restaurant be named? Costello's, of course!"
Cliff Strutz


The shrimp and corn chowder is sweet and corny.
"The shrimp and corn chowder is sweet and corny."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Did you order a big lobster?  You'll have to wait for it to cook.  There's no better way to pass the time than with a bunch of Abbott's sweet steamers.
"Did you order a big lobster? You'll have to wait for it to cook. There's no better way to pass the time than with a bunch of Abbott's sweet steamers."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Abbott's at dusk.
"Abbott's at dusk."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


A different perspective.
"A different perspective."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle



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