My family and I will be vacationing in Rockport, MA and Newport, RI in August and driving points in-between. My teens have never had lobster, so I want to have a great lobster dinner while there. Living in the Northern Sacramento Valley, good lobster is not to be found. I would like some suggestions for best lobster in either those two areas or possibly Providence, RI or Warwick or anywhere on the drive between. We don't want to stop in Boston, but we will be driving across MA to Stockbridge. If there are better inland lobster choices, do tell. I just figured best bets would be closer to the ocean.
My husband and I had lobster in Gloucester 25 years ago, but I don't remember where, only that we chose the place randomly and we were not impressed.
We want a dinner somewhere where we will be served, not a place where you get your lobster and go outside to eat. Nice view would be great, but more important is the quality of the dinner. Everyone here recommends Legal Seafoods. Is that really the best?
Also, I have a naive question. I love lobster, but being a native Southern California, I am used to it being served as lobster tail rather than the whole lobster. I'm not fond of tackling the whole thing with the claw crackers and such. Are there places that either remove the lobster for you or at least crack it for you? Please don't tell me that cracking the lobster yourself is half the fun...
My daughter watched a "Good Eats" on the food network, which was all about lobster. Alton Brown went through how to crack the lobster and access the meat. He showed how to remove the liver and other innards. My daughter was absolutely grossed out. If lobsters are served whole in New England, does the diner remove these parts? If so, I'm afraid my teens will get that far, be grossed out and not eat the remains of their dinner.
So many questions....thanks for your so many answers and recommendations.