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Where to Dine on the Plymouth WaterFront- CabbyShack Restaurant & Pub

The CabbyShack, on historic Plymouth harbor, is the spot for gorgeous views, tons of seats topunder the sun, live music all season long, and seafood so fresh it practically jumps straight from the ocean to the kitchen. The basic boiled lobster weighs in at about a pound and a quarter. But those in the know ask for the super-sized three-and-a-half pound Big Man’s Lobster. Equally eye-popping is the ‘Big Shack’ Roll. It’s the biggest lobster roll in town, overflowing from a grilled buttered roll. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the CabbyShack sells thousands of them a week. It’s the perfect summer meal, for the perfect summer day. The CabbyShack’s menu is loaded with fun summer foods like hand battered onion rings, colossal shrimp cocktail, golden fried clams, and — believe it or not — some of the best bar pizzas on the South Shore. But the dish they’re most famous for is their award winning clam chowder, served in a fresh baked bread bowl. Rich chowder, big lobster rolls, and fun all summer long, keeps everybody coming back, to the CabbyShack.

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Here is the Swampie buzz of the Cabby Shack  Plymouth

My family went  to cabby shack in Plymouth. This is long. The short story is we would go back, just not for oysters.  We went with my toddler, husband, his sister, and some extended family they hadn’t met before, north coast people.
It was a pats game day so they sat us the opposite side of the place. No big deal but I have noticed a lot of places try to put my kid and I far far away from everyone else.12509786_10103687076655723_3119104194620674985_n
We had a whole variety of food preferences and their menu had plenty of options. My immediate family is from Denver, so my sister in law and I decided to try oysters. But we were afraid to commit to the half dozen so we asked the server to bring us two and then when they weren’t awful, we asked her to make the order in to a half dozen. She was really nice and helpful, and it turned out she had never had an oyster either which was funny.
She couldn’t tell us if they added salt or if that was just the sea salt flavor coming through, so then she had to go back to the kitchen to find out. Turns out that is simply the sea flavor. Out of the three I ate one of them almost tasted like it had sand in it which I know from watching Alton Brown means it wasn’t cleaned very well.
Ultimately, some of us ordered burgers and some of us ordered seafood and everyone seemed pretty happy. We took a picture with the giant lobster and follow some directions to get my kiddo his free meal, which was cool.
Oh and they were doing some sort of spin the wheel thing probably because of the game, and my ticket was pulled and I won a bag of swag! I never knew how badly I needed a poncho and bottle opener sombrero for my bottles of beer.

cabbyshack2Went to Cabby Shack in Plymouth yesterday. Hubby and I both got a cup of clam chowder, I had the lobster roll, and he had the Cape Cod reuben. Chowda was thick, but delicious, with quite a few big chunks of clam (bonus for me!). Lobster roll had a decent amount of mayo, though not too much. Cape Cod Reuben was huge. Pleasant and prompt service (I know that has been a complaint in the past). All in all a good experience.

Cabby Shack tonight…haven’t been since last summer. Sat on the lower patio outside, right next to the entertainment (The Honey Bears, very good). The atmosphere is so great, the food was good (not great, unfortunately) and (even more unfortunately) the service was bad.
Something has changed with the food since I was there last. I had the bisque. There was only one tiny piece of lobster claw in it and it was the consistency of soft mashed potatoes. The kids liked the pizza. The fried fish had a nice crust but not a lot of flavor.
We asked three times for silverware and finally had to get up ourselves and seek out our server. Another employee who apparently could not obtain forks, had dropped off our meals and we had been sitting for quite some time unable to eat!

Clam Chowder non better… Shrimp was overpriced for portion size.. The new fries not good… Clean friendly.. I’ll definitely be back..

I was looking for crab cakes. When reading the menu I was disappointed there was none except on the dinner menu. I asked the bartender if perhaps I could get 1 plain crab cake and a salad. He checked with the chef and soon I had the best crab cake I’ve found so far. And the salad was awesome. While waiting for my meal a Veteran came in with his wife thinking the special for vets was that day too. It wasn’t. The waitress very nicely said let me talk to someone I’ll be right back. A gentleman came out and said I’m sorry for the confusion but it was for Veterans Day only but since you came today I will honor you and thank you for your service. Have a seat and we will do it. I was so honored to see such action. I would go to Cabby Shack on a regular basis if I lived close enough. Excellent food and excellent attitude!

CabbyShack  Restaurant & Pub

30 Town Wharf
Plymouth, MA

Where to Dine on the Plymouth WaterFront- WaterFront Bar & Grill

The Waterfront Bar & Grill boasts spectacular views of Plymouth’s historical harbor, from its upstairs, downstairs or outdoor dining areas.  They are  open daily from 11am to 1am –  Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Brunch, & live entertainment seven nights a week.

Where to Dine on the Plymouth WaterFront- WaterFront Bar & Grill

They  are also the home of the South Shores only outdoor raw bar where you can watch one of our shuckers, shuck your order of local oysters or little necks.  Brunch is also available every Sunday from 11am to 2pm.

There is always something going on at the Waterfront with live entertainment 7 nights a week ranging from trivia, to acoustic duos and trios, to DJ dance parties and full band on the weekend nights.

Make the Waterfront the destination for your next family and friend special occasion or work gathering.  Our function room can accommodate groups of 25-55+ seated guests for an event and offers ocean views as well as its own private bar.

Our fun, fresh and affordable concept will appeal to any appetite with our lunch menu available Monday – Saturday 11-4 and our all day dinner menu available daily 11am to 10pm. We feature a variety of offerings from daily specials, appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entrees and pizzas which utilize the freshest available ingredients.

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Really nice dinner at the Waterfront in Plymouth tonight. Ordered the Quahogs…delicious. I had the seafood casserole and my handsome date had the surf and turf. My casserole was missing the advertised bread crumb topping and the surf and turf wasn’t hot off the grille, but it was amazing! We mentioned these things to the waiter after we had cleaned our plates (note no pictures…it was great) and the manager, John, came over to make it right. We told him it was so good, but he still bought us a round to make up for it. Great service from our waiter, Tom, and the visit from the manager was just good customer service. We will definitely be back!!

Another good meal at the Waterfront Bar & grill. Good Duxbury oysters, love their seasoned bar fries. DD got a plain Caesar salad and we split their crab cake Cesar. Both were great.

Last night at 7:30 the wait for a table at East Bay Grille (outside) was an hour and a half so we went across the street to the Waterfront Bar & Grill. There were two seats at the outdoor bar so we took those. We had half a dozen Duxbury oysters that were very fresh and sweet. We weren’t super hungry so we had calamari and spicy bar fries with cheese sauce. Both were cooked perfectly. The order of fries was huge and we were stuffed. The bar tenders were attentive and pleasant

Last day of vacation so hubby and I decided we should make it a good one! Went to Waterfront Bar & Grill in Plymouth for an early dinner. We sat on the deck upstairs (we have two little ones so thought they’d enjoy watching the street and water, which they did). We started with the Kettle Chips, which the kids liked but I thought would have been better if they’d been seasoned a bit. I had the baked stuffed shrimp with a baked potato and hubby had steak tips with rice pilaf. The stuffing in the shrimp was very good but for $22, I felt the portion was small. The menu notes “jumbo shrimp” but these were on the smaller side, butterflied underneath so they appeared a bit larger. The veggies again were not seasoned. Hubby said his steak tips were “eh, ok” and mentioned they were under seasoned as well. Our son had a hot dog and fries which he nearly finished. Our two year old had spaghetti which she decided not to eat (the princess changes her mind every 5 seconds these days!) but I did try her meal and the sauce was (again!!) under seasoned. Overall, hubby and I agreed that the atmosphere was nice and our waitress was very attentive, but food alone wouldn’t drive us back there again.

Headed to Plymouth with hopes of eating outside on a day that threatened to rain. We lucked 10636525_10153038404538412_2419852621236823825_oout with the weather and sat on the top deck of Waterfront Bar and Grill to order our fourth lobster roll of the season. Interestingly enough, we decided to split a lobster roll…something I’d warned Paula I’d never do. But apparently one CAN have too much of a good thing. But we will soldier onward for our fellow Swampies in the quest for the best lobster roll.
Waterfront’s menu said, “seasoned sweet chunks of lobster meat on a buttered, toasted torpedo roll with lettuce and tomatoes, and a choice of French fries, coleslaw, or rice.” (Lettuce and tomato were on the side. There was lettuce in the roll, but I didn’t notice it till I looked at the photo!!) The market price was $23.00. (Most expensive of the five places we checked in Plymouth today.)
The verdict? This roll was crispy; the lobster was tender and fresh. The mayo was subtle, but visible. No other additions. It was …good…but not great, and not first on our list of the four we’ve tried.  (Check out the Great Swampie Lobster Roll Hunt)

Dined at Waterfront Bar & Grill in Plymouth last night with my wife. We sat outside at the bar. Great atmosphere and great time. The food was delicious and the waitstaff was very friendly. Oysters for appetizers were delicious as always. I had the blackened salmon. Which was cooked perfect. My wife ordered the short ribs and enjoyed them very much. No desserts as we very much satisfied with our meals. I will definitely return here again this summer.

Village Landing Marketplace
170 Water Street
Plymouth, MA 02360

 

The Swampie Lobster “On a Roll” Hunt 2015 South of Boston

Two local Swampie ladies took upon themselves to go on a great lobster roll hunt during the summer of 2015!  Thank you ladies!! The Swampie Lobster "On a Roll" Hunt 2015 South of Boston Best Lobster South Shore Cape Cod

They would  eat and evaluate using a number of criteria: flavor, quality oflobster, the mayo mix, size, the bun, price, etc. and report back with our findings.

“On a Roll” HONOR ROLL !!!!!
Da, da, dada!!!! Trumpets blaring! Drum roll please….
The moment you’ve been waiting for… at least WE’VE been waiting for it. Finally, we’re done!
We stayed local.Our top three… in no particular order. (We like them each for different reasons.)

 

**HIGH HONORS:

CAPE COD LOBSTER ROLLS

211 Onset Ave, Onset MA   (Onset MA): Their buttered lobster beat out the one with mayo—we tried both.

Headed to Wareham, planned to check out Vel’s and Cafe Soleil since we had seen reviews from Swampies on both. Being a little early for dinner we headed toward Onset beach and LO AND BEHOLD we came upon a sign that said CAPE COD LOBSTER ROLLS!! Well we couldn’t CAPE COD LOBSTER ROLLS Best Lobster Roll Cape cod Onset MAignore that, so in we went, told the proprietor who we were (Ruth gave a card) and what we were doing. They opened Memorial Day and he INSISTED that WE WOULD NOT FIND A BETTER LOBSTER ROLL! The sign said served w a little mayo and seasoning but if you want more mayo or just butter to let them know. So we opted to get their standard, and also one just butter and share each (hence the roll 5 and 5b- I would call 5 and 6 but we were at the same place so it doesn’t count)
We were not disappointed- but surprisingly to us- the winner of the 2 was…. Just butter! Lobster was not warm and no noticeable butter, as in not drippy or soggy but great lobster flavor.
-Served on a side sliced butter toasted (on outside) hotdog roll with Cape Cod potato chips and a pickle.
Ruth’s weigh in:
Pro: The place is all about lobster. It was nice to find a place that offered BOTH lobster rolls with butter and with mayo.
Con: small place with take out only, and just two small tables on sidewalk.
Paula’s weigh in
Pro: this is the first roll that had noticeable tail meat. Had nice chunks with firm bite to it-but in a very good way and nice lobster flavor
Con: the seasoned one wasn’t my favorite

 

42 DEGREES NORTH Plymouth

690 State Rd, Plymouth, MA 02360  The subtle seasoning in this made it more upscale.

Cost $16.99  Comes w/choice of starch including homemade kettle chips or sweet potato fries- both great. 42 DEGREES NORTH Best lobster roll Plymouth South Shore MA
Being a weekend we included our men in today’s adventure. Looking for outdoor seating on a beautiful day we went to Plymouth, and had seen good reviews on 42 Degrees N. We hadn’t thought about whether it was on the water (it wasn’t) but they DID have lobster roll on the menu. 3 out of 4 of us ordered it. Ok, SO FAR- THE BEST! Grilled hotdog roll, small amount of mayo and celery- not quite undetectable, thin chives/a seasoning or herb, not quite sure but GREAT flavor. Little bit juicy, tender, felt much fancier yet true to itself than the others that now in comparison felt more “fast food” or “take out”. Of course In fairness, having a fun summer cocktail with it may have helped give it an edge- we did say in a previous post that atmosphere may sway our opinion. Haylee our waitress was great, and dealt well with our silly selves- good for you Haylee!! All in all our rolls were fabulous, only thing that could make it more perfect would be being oceanfront- ok, well Ruth may have liked less claw but overlooked that because of flavor. A side note, appetizer calamari was decent, beet salad with pistachio and goat cheese lovely, dessert decent, company excellent as always!
Ruth:
Pro: tasty, moist, flavorful with subtle additions Like finely chopped celery and chive that didn’t overpower the lobster.
Con: I honestly don’t have a con for this lobster roll. The best of three so far. Outdoor seating left one of the husbands valiantly squinting into the sun.
Paula:
Pro: lobster deliciousness
Con: none other than scenery would have added to atmosphere.

PILGRIM SANDS MOTEL (Plymouth)

150 Warren Ave, Plymouth, MA  Not on a traditional New England hotdog roll, but delicious lobster mixed well with the Calise roll.

 We take your recommendations seriously and arrived at Pilgrim Sands- call me crazy but it just sounded a little off to me to be going to a little motel (I found out it is a hotel) for my lobster roll.   market price-$18.99(?) choice of potato salad, tortellini salad or chips, also pickle and raw veggies
Ruth:
pro: big portion, chunks of claw meat. Hint of lemon was subtle and delicious.
con: nothing–this is in my top three. I did add a little salt and pepper.
Paula:
Pro- nice flavor! Roll surprised me and was really good with the lobster (spoil alert- toasted not buttered Calise roll from BJ’s!!)
Con- would roll taste even better buttered on the inside?

**HONORS:

GREEN HARBOR Lobster Pound (Marshfield):

131 Beach St, Green Harbor, MADelicious and fresh—the smaller version on the buttered hotdog roll was our pick, rather than the famous “jumbo” on brioche.

Following recommendations from Swampies, we found ourselves at Green Harbor Lobster Pound- 2 sizes regular and jumbo. Which one? Ok let’s get both! Why? Because jumbo is served on brioche and is the meat of 2 lobsters we are told, and regular is on the grilled hotdog roll that we both like. So both in our hot little hands- jumbo in Ruth‘s, regular in mine. But who’s noticing that? Truth be told we cut both in half and shared equally so we could taste test each. Our final opinion? We would both go for the REGULAR roll and get 2 if you were that hungry- all because of the roll! But this roll is in one of our top 3 so far… It had a little mayo, no celery, a TINY bit of lettuce almost overlookable. Lots of claw meat it seemed- more “colorful” than others.
Ruth
Pros: they have lobsters in the pound on site so meat is as fresh as you can get. Moist chunks of lobster.
Cons: for the jumbo roll to hold the meat of two lobsters, it had to be served on a brioche roll–tasty, but not as good as the toasted hot dog roll of the smaller roll.

RAW BAR (Mashpee, Popponesset):

252 Shore Dr, Mashpee, MA  fresh, chunky, lots of knuckle, not overly dressed.

We  decided to make this a supper meal rather than our usual noon time lobster rolls. Paula is the scheduler and she really wanted to get to The Raw Bar because so many of you have said such good things about their lobster rolls.RAW BAR (Mashpee, Popponesset) Best Lobster Roll Cape Cod
We got there at dusk on this chilly fall evening. The inside, by the bar, was full of men (not that we have a problem with that), who apparently play golf on Fridays and congregate at the Raw Bar afterwards. They were belly up to the bar three deep, so we prepared to sit outside, hoping not to shiver at the table in the enclosure, where a sign warns to keep the door shut so “animals won’t come in.” Hmmm…?
But along came the waitress/manager of BOB’s SEAFOOD CAFÉ right next door—the inside version of raw bar (same management/same food) but a warmer indoor environment–minus all the men. She saw that we were pondering what we wanted to do, so she invited us next door.
Brenda’s service was exceptional! She was friendly and chatty but knew when to let Paula and me chat alone. On her advice we split the HUGE 12-ounce lobster roll voted #1 in New England by Billy Costa (who?). We complemented the roll with wine and delicious creamy clam chowder.
The lobster was served with minimum mayo and no fillers on a large split roll (not the traditional hot dog roll and not toasted) necessary to hold the truly generous portion of lobster meat. It came with onion rings—the frozen kind I think (meh). Fairly pricey for one roll ($27 and change), but when you consider that it serves two the price was MORE than fair.
So the rating: the lobster was delicious and I can see why so many people love it. Fresh, chunky, lots of tender knuckle meat. If only there was a giant New England hot dog roll that could have been buttered and toasted, and would have held 12-ounces of lobster, this roll might have made the top three.

**THE REST OF THE CONTENDERS (that didn’t make the honor roll)

SALT WATER CAFÉ (Newport)
HADDADS (Marshfield)
BRIDGEWAYE INN (Marshfield)
WATER CLUB (Marina Bay, Quincy)
WATERFRONT GRILLE (Plymouth)
SANDY’S (Long Beach, Plymouth)
JOCKEY CLUB (Raynham)
EMMA’S (Norton)
SCITUATE LOBSTER POUND (Crocetti’s, East Bridgewater)