More Than Just a Lobster Roll at The Newport Lobster Shack Kitchen
When I ask Eileen Braman for her lobster roll recipe, she shrugs. “Recipe? I’ve been making lobster roll for years, it’s simple. Add a little mayonnaise, some celery, nothing special.” But when she hands me a perfectly pink lobster roll through the window, and I take a sweet, buttery bite, I have to disagree. If that’s not special, what is?
The Newport Lobster Shack Kitchen opened last year as an addition to the Newport Lobster Shack cooperative. Founded in 2009, the co-op gives local fishermen a place to sell live seafood straight off their boats. When you buy seafood at the Newport Lobster Shack, you’re guaranteed the freshest fish at the lowest price. When you eat at the new Lobster Shack Kitchen, you’re guaranteed all that, plus a delectable summer treat.
Co-op members credit the Department of Environmental Management for nurturing the project, and making the Shack a successful public-private partnership. The co-op has seen immense support from the city of Newport, and has helped integrate the fishing community with the rest of the city.—Eleanor Duke
Open daily for lunch and dinner through Labor Day. 150 Long Wharf Rd., Newport; 401.847.1700; NewportLobsterShack.com