Can't Take the Heat? Escape the Kitchen

"Dining in the rough" offers a delicious alternative to summer cooking

It’s finally summer time. Want to know how I know? While on vacation with my family last week, I had the first REALLY good sweet corn of the season. I love sweet corn, and this batch was divine. Now that summer is really here, I plan to get as much of that sweet stuff as possible, at home and at one or more of the fantastic New England restaurants that offer “dining in the rough.”

Easier than a picnic – no planning, cooking, packing, or clean up required – dining in the rough is one of my favorite summer traditions, and a great escape from the kitchen. Whether it’s clams or lobster, sweet corn or onion rings that you’re after, there’s no better way to enjoy them.

Of course one of the first places that comes to mind when someone asks me about summer dining in New England is Woodman’s. Known far and wide for their fried clams, they also serve delicious clam chowder, steamed clams, and fresh lobster that is out of this world. (Lots of options for non-seafood lovers, too: hot dogs, burgers, chicken fingers, and more.)

But I have a new destination on my radar this summer, as well: Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier. Several friends of mine have shared great stories about both the menu and the environment at Chauncey Creek, and I’m eager to experience it myself.

Chauncey Creek has been serving lobster on scenic Kittery Point, Maine, since 1948. In addition to their traditional menu, Chauncey Creek is BYOB, so you can bring your own beer or bottle of wine to enjoy with what promises to be a great meal. The proprietors even invite you to bring additional food of your own – anything not on their menu – to supplement your feast: maybe a cake or special dessert if you’re celebrating a birthday or other special occasion.

Woodman’s is located on Route 133 (Main Street) in Essex, MA, about 45 minutes from Medford, and Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier is located at 16 Chauncey Creek Road in Kittery Point, Maine, about an hour and a half away. Try them out, if you haven’t already, and let us know what you think!


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