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Salem: Lobster Shanty

25 Front Street , Phone: 978-745-5449
Closing day: Monday lunch

Reviewed by: rkorchid from NH, review #3745

When: 2011

Fun place for seafood in a rustic setting in Salem's historic district.

Directions: At the top of Artist's Row below the Essex Street pedestrian mall.

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We ate lunch here this June on our last day in Salem on the only day on our trip with sun. It was pleasant to sit outside at a table under an umbrella.

They have an interesting cocktail list. We enjoyed a French 75 and an excellent variation on a Dark and Stormy. In addition to the ginger beer, dark run, and lime it had a generous dose of molasses.

The menu has the typical selection of fried seafood and surprisingly more elaborate dishes like shrimp jambalaya and shrimp etouffee'. But since lobster is their specialty we each ordered a lobster roll.

This turned out to be enormous; you had to eat at least half of the salad with a fork before you could even hope to pick it up. The delicious lobster meat was lightly dressed with mayonnaise and celery. Perhaps pricey at $21 each, but it did consist of the meat of an entire lobster.

As a side I had the best onion rings I have ever tasted. The onions were sweet and juicy and the crisp batter was nicely seasoned. A shared order of sweet fry bread with raspberry honey was also delicious.

With the two drinks our lunch for two was $64.

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