Thanks to the posts on this board, we stopped by the Old Port Lobster Shack on Veterans Blvd in Redwood City last week after work. Had the lobster roll, seafood chowder, steamed mussels, and a grilled cheese sandwich. All were very good, and great value for money.
I haven't had a NE style lobster roll ($16.75) before, so I can't speak to authenticity, but it was tasty and there was about 4x as much lobster on it as the lobster club sandwich I'd been treated to a Spago's in PA a couple of weeks before. I also loved the sweet pickles that came with the roll, but not the deep fried potato chips so much (just not my style).
Our toddler loved her grilled cheese sandwich ($3.50)-- lots of cheese-- which also came with potato wedges. One thing I haven't seen anyone else mention is that this is a very kid friendly restaurant, complete with a tank of lobsters at the back and a captain's wheel that spins. When we ordered apple juice, the owner asked if it was for a child and provided us with a juice box. A second option for kids if you don't go with the grilled cheese is a hot dog ($3.50).
My favorites were the seafood chowder ($4.75 for a large mug) and steamed mussels ($10.75 for 30? of them plus toasted French bread and butter). The chowder had haddock, clams, potatoes in a milk broth. You could taste the delicate flavors of the seafood. The mussels were tender and sweet, varying in size quite a bit. Not one unopened one in the whole bunch. When we asked for more bread to eat with the broth, it was cheerfully provided.
Specials on the board that night included a crab and avocado dish, oysters, and a brownie sundae ($3.75). We decided finish our meal with the sundae, which was two warm brownies, two scoops of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and cherries. Generous portions for a family of two adults plus one toddler.
Total came to $35 without tip, plus a return trip of $3.75 to order dessert. Next time we're going to try the fish and chips. I'll definitely be back!
Call first to see if they're open-- and they take credit cards of all sorts.