Lobster Landing, Clinton, CT
What a better way to spend the July 4th weekend than with a day trip to the CT shoreline! After a weekend filled with errands and picnic hosting, I thought it was high time we left home and headed to the coast before the weekend ended.
Our journey south would include a stop at the Clinton Outlet Mall, because they were having great sales for the holiday weekend. We were looking for a place to grab a quick lunch afterward. I had read in the July edition of Connecticut Magazine a story on favorite summer dining places.
Before we left the house, I looked through the article to see if any were in that area. I noticed a place called Lobster Landing in Clinton. I mapped it and noticed that it was only four minutes from the outlet mall. Perfect for our post-shopping dining!
Lobster Landing is built right into the Clinton marina. It reminded me of a New England fishing shack postcard.
The place is what I would call your typical “summer shack” style restaurant, complete with outdoor dining at picnic tables with plastic chairs shaded by white awnings, waiting in line to place your order and great simple food. Inside the actual shack, is a fresh seafood market.
The menu is minimalistically simple. There are three items on it – I kid you not! Lobster Landing serves lobster rolls, hot dogs and sweet Italian sausage subs. That’s it – plain and simple! They also have an assortment of beverages, chip snacks and gelato/ ice cream.
We arrived at a great time – when we were able to find a parking spot on the road and the line to place your food order was short. The parking lot is very small, but you can parallel park on the street, which we did.
There’s a group of friendly college kids who take your order and serve your food. They have an efficient system and keep things moving quickly. So if there is a line, don’t be afraid to wait a few short minutes.
I ordered the lobster roll. I had to try it since I had read online that this place’s lobster rolls were one of the top 5 in Connecticut and the best according to the readers’ poll in the Shoreline Times.
Inside of a toasted, top-loading foot-long roll is one-quarter pound of fresh chunk lobster that’s been steamed in a buttery sauce with a touch of lemon. It’s not a lobster salad with mayo. The lobster roll was amazing and definitely stood up to all the claims I had read. I can still taste it as I write about it!
Mike and Greg ordered the sweet Italian sausage sub with roasted peppers and onions and topped with mustard vinaigrette. It too was a good-sized sandwich, loaded with the toppings.
As we each enjoyed our sandwiches, we took in the beautiful view of Clinton harbor.
The weather was picture-perfect – very few clouds in the sky, warm sunshine with a comfortable breeze.
Lobster Landing is a great summer find. It’s plain, simple, no-frills food that’s purely delicious! Be sure to try it this summer before it closes up for the season!
Have you ever eaten at Lobster Landing in Clinton?
What’s your favorite place on the shore for summer seafood?