Where to observe National Lobster Day in Providence

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In early August, the U.S. Senate shelled out a few hours to approve a resolution that marked September 25th, 2015 as “National Lobster Day,” inspiring headlines like, “US Senate Gets Cracking & Passes National Lobster Day Bill.” If only our founding fathers could see us now, dedicating a day to the crustacean that was once in such abundance, it was deemed the underwater equivalent of a rat! (Following the recent glorification of Pizza Rat, you can expect to see the Senate approve a National Subway Rat Day in 2016.)

Since you probably missed the Maine Lobster Festival in late July (yeah, the one David Foster Wallace wrote about in his essay “Consider The Lobster“), and you probably gave up on the Shuckin Truck line at the Rhode Island Seafood Festival a few weeks ago, this is your chance to savor the last taste/chewy consistency of summer while engaging in a Senate-approved activity! Here’s a run-down of where to make your reservations or takeout plans to get your lobster fix this Friday:


Yes, National Lobster day is technically on Friday. But certainly the most cost-friendly option is to kick off your celebration early and head down to Captain Seaweed’s tonight. Every Thursday, this beloved pub (located on the corner of Ives and Williams) gives out raffle tickets with every drink ordered, announcing the winner of a free tray with two lobsters and a bag of mussels at the end of the night. Our tips for winning and then how to cook your winnings can be found here.

2. Yoo

This isn’t my first time at the rodeo, so believe me when I say Yoo is the best sushi I’ve ever had in Providence. And, they deliver! (Important because no one I know has ever been to the physical establishment.) Yoo makes a Super Lobster Roll with lobster tempura, mango, avocado and soybean wrapped in seaweed. I admire any dish that sounds like it’s going to come in a buttered bun but is instead mostly composed of sticky rice.

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3. Cook & Brown
The Cook & Brown Public House, a Providence treasure by Blackstone Boulevard, serves up a mean Lobster Bisque. They also serve a famed lobster roll at brunch (!) though you’ll have to wait until Saturday.
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4. Plouf Plouf
The “mobile bistro” a.k.a. food truck’s Twitter account says it all. Vive la jour de homard nationale!
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Hemenway’s dishes out lobster concoctions of all stripes: in addition to the traditional Maine lobster served whole, the restaurant offers crab & lobster cakes, lobster mac ‘n’ cheese, and Venda lobster agnolotti [Ed. Is this assumed culinary vocabulary? You’re welcome, reader.].
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Quick! Before Mill’s replaces its summer menu with fast approaching fall vibes, order the lobster risotto!
7. Newport Lobster Shack

If you’re willing to go the extra mile (or 30), you can get all variations of lobster in one place at the Newport Lobster Shack. Newport fishermen built the shack in 2009 in order to sell their catch without a middleman. Between the steamed lobster, the lobster cakes, the lobster rolls, the lobsterman’s bisque and the lobster strips, you could rack up a five-course meal while directly supporting a local industry.

Now that I’ve whet your appetite for some senatorial jargon, here’s the resolution in the flesh:

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So honor the Senate’s wishes and “observe the day with appropriate ceremonies” by hitting up these lobsteraganzas.

Images via Salvador Dalí, Jan Davidsz de Heem, Roy Lichtenstein, Stephen Rose, Lobster King, and Edith Young RISD ’16. 

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