Everything you wanted to know about lobster shacks, as told by Mike Urban–including how to find the best ones in New England

The book is “Lobster Shacks: A Road Guide to New England’s Best Lobster Joints,” by Mike Urban. Come and meet him at R. J. Julia Booksellers at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27. The event is free, but reservations must be made by calling (203) 245-3959. He’ll also be reading on Friday evening, June 29th, at Harbor Books at 146 Main St. in Old Saybrook. Call the store for details, at (203) 388-6850.

“Lobster Shacks: A Road Guide to New England’s Best Lobster Joints”

Mike Urban is an expert on a subject that most of us can only dream about: the best places to go in New England to get the best lobster. Talk about your tough assignments! Urban’s task was to set out and learn everything he could about the region’s favorite food, visiting all the in-the-rough places he could find along the way. He went to some 75 lobster shacks–many of them right our favorites right here in our area. We here at Books New Haven know that writing a book is hard work–but it helps if it’s a subject you’re passionate about…and after writing about clam shacks, Mike (who lives in Old Saybrook with his wife and four children) knew that he wouldn’t be able to rest until the lobster shacks had been equally explored.

And we’re glad he did it, too.

Mike Urban, author and editor

Best of all, he takes us to places we already know and love, and some that perhaps are so hidden away that they’re remained the secret favorites of “people who know stuff and don’t tell the rest of us.”

In our area, he gives us the story behind The Lobster Shack, the Guilford Lobster Pound, The Place, Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale, Lobster Landing, Captain Scott’s Lobster Pond, and Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough.

We guarantee you that you’ll read this book and want to go right out to your car and head out for Connecticut’s specialty: the hot buttered lobster roll. (We don’t need mayonnaise in our lobster rolls here!)

The book is chock full of recipes, lore and legends, historical information on local fishing fleets–and even driving directions. Best of all, come to meet Mike Urban at R. J. Julia Booksellers on Wednesday, June 27th at 7 p.m. It’s rumored that Lenny & Joe’s will be providing some free snacks.


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