Boston Restaurant Blog -- July, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
The stretch of Route 6 that goes through the Outer Cape communities of Eastham and Welfleet is a seafood lover's dream, as it is lined with seafood shacks and restaurants, some of which are outstanding. We tried one of the slightly lesser known spots a couple of weeks ago while in the area, and while there were some hits and misses, we thought that the Lobster Shanty in Eastham was decent overall.
Located on the southbound side of Route 6 across the street from the Salt Pond section of the Cape Cod National Seashore, The Lobster Shanty is a sprawling spot with several rooms of dining as well as a large, covered outdoor patio. The inside of the place is casual and well-worn, with lots of little nooks and crannies giving it an almost maze-like feel. A lobster tank is set up in the middle of the place, while a small takeout area is in the front section for those who may be looking to dine at the nearby beaches.
When we arrived, the outdoor patio had a number of empty tables, so we were able to grab one of them and enjoy the near-perfect weather. As soon as we were seated, however, the couple on one side of us were complaining about the quality of the mussels they ordered, while the couple on the other side were grumbling about the fact that it was taking so long to get their check. Needless to say, we became a bit nervous about the place, and while our server did disappear for long stretches, there were no real complaints about our food. The clam chowder was delicious, being neither too thick nor too thin, while the crab cakes were perhaps the highlight of the meal, with lots of sweet crab meat--and very little filler--and a rich lobster sauce that added even more sweetness to the appetizer. Our main courses were also impressive, as the fried scrod sandwich was not too greasy and had multiple pieces of fish, and the seafood medley had a delightful mix of quahogs, shrimp, scallops, and scrod. Sides were a mix, with the French fries that came with the sandwich tasting a lot like McDonald's fries (a good thing in my book), but the baked potato that came with the seafood medley was a bit dry and the accompanying vegetables were obviously of the frozen variety. Drinks included a rather strong cranberry margarita that had an excessive amount of crushed ice and a sweet and creamy pina colada that had a nice kick to it. Much like one of the couples next to us, we had to wait a long time for our check, which made no sense as the place wasn't that crowded. The overall price was just a tad high, but not outrageously so.
With all of the seafood places in the immediate area (including some that people seem to rave about), I'm not 100% sure I'd go back to the Lobster Shanty. Sure, the food was mostly good and the outdoor patio was nice, but there was no excuse for the slow service, and the lack of crowds made me wonder if other people have had problems as well. I did love the crab cakes, though, and would certainly consider getting them again, perhaps as a takeout item.
For those who want the address for the Lobster Shanty, here it is: Lobster Shanty, 2905 State Highway (Route 6), Eastham, MA, 02642. The phone number is (508) 255-9394.
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