The first waterfront restaurant we came to was Ford's Lobsters, which started out as a hot dog cart and is now a sit-down seafood restaurant. It's small - and every table was full. It gets fantastic reviews so we thought it might be a long wait. So we decided to move on down the road.
Our next stop, Abbott's Lobster in the Rough, was just around the bend from Ford's and is easily the most famous thing to do in Noank. Founded in 1947, Abbott's is a casual, waterfront, order-at-the-window seafood establishment serving lobster, clams, oysters, shrimp and various seafood rolls. Dining is "first come, first served" with no alcoholic beverages served - but you may bring your own. Even though it was a balmy 55 degree June evening, Abbott's was quite crowded. So we went around the bend again to Abbott's sister restaurant, Costello's Clam Shack.
Costello's is another seafood restaurant located on the Mystic River with waterfront dining. There was hardly anyone here dining so we decided this was our spot - good thing, too, as we were out of restaurants at this point! We ordered our food at the window and waited for our number to be called. While waiting, we watched the river start to churn from the cold winds and wished we had worn warmer clothing. Costello's also lets you bring your own alcoholic beverages so we dined on our seafood - well, some of us - and drank our wine under the plastic tarp covering to shield us from the wind and rain. Not a perfect evening but I very much enjoyed it. I'm not a seafood lover so I'm not the best person to ask how the food was - but Mr. UR said his was good. So there you have it. How many times can you dine at a lobster pound on the Mystic River (unless you live there of course)? For me, only once! But I'd love to go back - there is so much of New England I haven't seen!
How about you? Have you ever dined at a lobster pound? How was your experience?
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