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Best Lobster Shacks On The North Shore

Nothing beats hitting up a local lobster shack on the North Shore when the weather warms up and the craving for fresh seafood sets in. Lobster is the kind of meal you cannot be afraid to get messy with, and that goes hand in hand with a sunny summer day. Since the fish is fresh off the boat, the pricing is affordable and the views are unbeatable, it has always been a New England tradition to head to laid-back lobster and seafood shacks each summer. With some offering a more casual setting than others, all the following spots have one thing in common: the best seafood outside the city you can find.
Roy Moore Lobster Co.
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Roy Moore Lobster Co.
39 Bearskin Neck
Rockport, MA 01966
(978) 546-6696

Great prices and only the freshest seafood can be found at Roy Moore Lobster Co. in Rockport. It's as simple as deciding how big of a lobster you want at this relaxed spot, where the seafood is the star. It is the kind of place where you may get a bit messy digging into your lobster, but the taste makes it well worth it, not to mention the waterfront views and fresh air. Beyond lobster, Roy Moore also serves plenty of chowder, clams and other area favorites.

The Lobster Pool
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The Lobster Pool
329 Granite St.
Rockport, MA 01966
(978) 546-7808

Another casual Cape Ann dining destination in Rockport is the Lobster Pool, serving up outstanding seafood with plenty of picnic tables and picturesque views.  From crab, clams and lobster to house-made chowder, this spot has it all. Lobster Pool appeals to guests of all ages because it has hot dogs and burgers for the kids, seafood plates for the hungry college students and lobster rolls and fresh salads for the adults. And for dessert, there's pie and ice cream.

Related: Guide To Boston's Best Seafood Restaurants

(Photo Credit: Woodman's/Facebook)

121 Main St.
Essex, MA 01929
(978) 768-6057

Woodman's offers award-winning seafood year round in Essex. This popular restaurant dates back to 1916 when Lawrence "Chubby" Woodman fried up his first clam. Many years later, locals still love the fried fish platters, chowder, lobsters, steamers and much more. Whether you are in the mood for fried lobster, a lobster roll or a hot-boiled lobster with drawn butter, Woodman's has you covered.

J.T. Farnhams's
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JT Farnham's
88 Eastern Ave.
Essex, MA 01929
(978) 768-6643

Another place food fanatics flock to in Essex is JT Farnham's. Indulge on a lobster roll or a lobster dinner with fries, onion rings or cole slaw at this spot located at a local salt marsh. There are traditional options on the menu like the boxes or boats piled high with fried seafood like clams, scallops, shrimp and haddock, and for those who don't love seafood, chicken. JT Farnham's keeps it simple and you just order at the register, get a number and wait for your number to be called. When your fried-to-perfection fish is ready, grab it along with your favorite condiments and go to town.

Michelle Levine is a creative energetic, young professional that is passionate about everything Boston has to offer. She loves to attend local events, dine out, and cook and wants to share her findings with you. Her work can be found on

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