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The Lobster Claw
It is a sure sign summer is here when you turn on the radio and hear that famous jingle: “ . . . at the Lobster Claw Restaurant, we’re one big family.” It turns out that’s true in more ways than one. Having grown up on the Cape, I’ve heard that catchy commercial countless times and driven by The Lobster Claw Restaurant even more—you can’t miss the giant crustacean on the side of the big red building. Don and Marylou Berig have been welcoming thousands to this familyowned restaurant on Route 6A for the past 43 years. I leapt at the chance to get out and enjoy this award-winning iconic Cape restaurant.
Filled with nautical decorations, light teal booths, a small bar, a gift shop stocked with more than 200 lobster-themed items, and ample dining space, the restaurant is a perfect venue for family dinners as well as large functions in the Surfboard Lounge. The restaurant is also immaculate—the kitchen is steam-cleaned every night from top to bottom and every inch of floor and window is washed seven days a week.
I began my meal with a Cape Cod staple: a cup of clam chowder ($4.95), served piping hot and bulging with tender potatoes and sweet clams, just as it should be. My guest and I tried the hand-cut onion rings at Don’s urging ($8). I’m glad we did: Sliced thin and cooked to crispy perfection, the onion rings are a must-have on any Lobster Claw excursion.
While studying the menu, I was excited to see an item that was a marked departure from any other seafood selection I’ve ever encountered: deep-fried lobster ($14.95/Lunch, $18.95/Dinner). My guest and I were in heaven—it was served with French fries, coleslaw and drawn butter into which we dipped little morsels of breaded, sweet, tender lobster. The side of coleslaw, infused with pineapple, lit up my taste buds unlike any other I’ve ever tried.
My guest and I shared this delicious dish, but we also decided to try something a little more adventurous. Don says that he gets roughly 100 pounds of clams delivered each day from a local clam digger. Even though neither my guest nor I had ever eaten steamers ($15) before, we knew we had to have a taste. We dove into the serving without any expectations and I can say I’m sorry to have waited so long.
We convinced ourselves that there’s always room for dessert—especially when it arrives in the form of homemade grape nut pudding ($4). My guest followed Don’s granddaughter, Regan Doherty’s, suggestion of turtle cheesecake ($8), a decadent treat filled with fudge and topped with pecans and caramel sauce.
At the end of our meal we were given a Lobster Claw postcard. Our waitress told us if we filled it out and left it on the table they would mail it anywhere in the world—we found out that last year, they sent out over 10,000 postcards. This was such a great way for guests to share their wonderful experiences. As the saying goes, “. . . at the Lobster Claw Restaurant, we’re one big family.” By the time you fill out your postcard, you’ll certainly agree.
–– Jennifer Dow