If you’ve ever been to the southeastern coastline of Connecticut, you may have heard of Abbot’s Lobster. And why shouldn’t you have. They are a CT lobster-in–the-rough ‘rock star’ and have been in business since 1947.
HOWEVER … just before Abbot’s and a short 20 minute drive from our inn is Fords Lobster & Haring’s Marina also in the village of Noank. We feel it’s a bit more authentic and offers that quintessential New England seaside dining-out experience that so many of our guests seek.
This gem of a lobster shack is what many of our guests rave about when looking for a Lobster Roll or dinner at a place with great views. The tables literally sit outside on the docks, all food is prepared outside, the sights and sounds of the marina and shipyard with all of the sea views and salty smells – making this dining experience like few others in the area.
They serve only the freshest ingredients available and have something for everyone on their menu, lobster, risotto, seafood dishes including – halibut, cod, scallops, steamed lobster dinner and hot or cold lobster rolls – oh did we say LOBSTER rolls … well how about the Fords lobster ‘bomb’ it can be served hot or cold, but if you get it hot you can convert it to the lobster ‘bisque bomb’ which is a massive amount of lobster meat topped in thick and delicious lobster bisque. OH Yum! Specials change daily and include soups, salads, mussels, clams and as we noted above a variety of seafood entrees as well as some chicken, steak and pasta offerings. As a matter of fact, Dave recently ordered a New York Strip Steak dinner special that was finished in a Portobello Mushroom and Marsala Wine sauce and felt it was as good steak a steak as anyone’s in the area.
ALSO, liked by many of our guests, is that Ford’s allows BYOB which is a rarity here in CT. For BYOB, Fords provides glasses and wine openers so plan ahead. Ford’s is open year round and in the winter months dining and prep moves inside in their cozy indoor dining space!
This delightfully small place with awesome sunsets and views has a simple seaside setting and a very casual dress code. But bring a jacket at night because it can get chilly sitting right by the water. If you are visiting with us, be sure to ask us about Fords Lobster.
Below are some photos of Fords Lobster’s outdoor dining area and more.
Fords Waiting Area below: