I asked the manager of the hotel for some dining recommendations. He named a few places, though he cautioned that the waterfront was going to be extremely crowded. But he mentioned that Lobster Hut was big and might be our best bet if we wanted to eat with a view of the water. So after settling in to our rooms, we headed down to the water.
Somehow I managed to take a photo with no one in it. I have no idea how I accomplished this.
We sat at a table looking out on the patio and, just beyond, the water. The fireworks over the harbor were not starting for at least two hours, but people were already showing up to get good seats.
My dad was thinking that the twin lobster dinner was going to consist of two tails - not two whole lobsters. I can seen why he thought that: the dinners were $32.95 each. (In California, that doesn't even buy you one lobster tail at many restaurants.) But I've eaten lobsters in Massachusetts more recently than my parents, so I had a hunch they were going to be getting two of the whole crustacean.
"I like the tail," my dad said. "The rest of it is a lot of bug."
"Are you complaining about receiving too much lobster?" I asked.
I ordered the fried lobster tail because I'd never had that before. Well, there's a reason why I've never had that before: it's not really all that good. I mean, it wasn't bad, I would have no problem eating it again, but it was gilding the lily. Lobster tail is such a delicious, delicate treat that it really has no business being battered and fried. I think I knew this all along, but I just had to try it.
The shrimp, on the other hand, were better served by being fried. I really liked them.
I would absolutely return to Lobster Hut any time... even on the 4th of July. And for someone who doesn't enjoy crowds, that's saying a lot. But I wouldn't get the fried lobster tail again. The fried shrimp? Sure.... but most likely I'd just get a steamed lobster or two.