Lobster in New Hampshire
August 8, 2006 6:27 AM   Subscribe

Good lobster in New Hampshire?

My husband and I will be vacationing in Massachusetts next week and will be taking a day trip to New Hampshire. I am looking for suggestions on where to have lobster. We are not fancy people, but really love lobster. The more low-key the restaurant, the better. Any suggestions?
posted by alexmikayla to Food & Drink (8 answers total)
How far up into New Hampshire do you plan to go and from where in Massachusetts are you heading out from?

The best place to get lobster is along the seacoast. You can easily get to the Hampton/Rye beach area which is touristy and there will be lobster a plenty. You can also go a tiny bit further into the Portsmouth area which has a lot of great restaurants. It depends on how far you want to go and just how low-key you're looking for.
posted by Constant Reader at 6:48 AM on August 8, 2006

Response by poster: We are travelling from the Berkshires. We were planning on going to Portsmouth. Any particular suggestions in Portsmouth?
posted by alexmikayla at 6:59 AM on August 8, 2006

Not a huge lobster fan myself, but I am a Portsmouth local. If you want that authentic, low-key, Maine lobster house flavor, I'd take Route 1 across the bridge and into Kittery. Visit Warren's Lobster House.
posted by dseaton at 7:08 AM on August 8, 2006

Also, that's a pretty long drive you're proposing, since there are no direct highway routes between the Berkshires and the NH Seacoast. It can take three hours, probably more, depending on traffic. Just FYI, although you're probably already aware of this.

I went to college in the Berkshires, so I've made this drive a lot. It's pretty, but not speedy.
posted by dseaton at 7:17 AM on August 8, 2006

I was just there last week, and stuffed my gullet with what I consider to be some of the best seafood in New England. Two places stand out in particular: Petey's Summertime Seafood in Rye, and BG's Boathouse. Neither will win any awards for decor or atmosphere, but if it's fresh lobster, you can't go wrong.
posted by bostonkevin at 7:47 AM on August 8, 2006

PS, spend a few minutes poking around on Chowhound, you'll find more recommendations than you know what to do with.
posted by bostonkevin at 7:52 AM on August 8, 2006

I second the recommendation that you head into Maine a bit. Check out Chauncy Creek in Kittery. You bring your own beer/wine/whatever food's not on the menu, and eat on the pier.
posted by schoolgirl report at 8:53 AM on August 8, 2006

And coincidentally enough, today's Boston Globe has an article about the battle between New Hampshire and Maine over who has the tastier lobster.
posted by schoolgirl report at 10:47 AM on August 8, 2006

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