My family has conducted extensive research on the subject of Cape Cod lobster rolls, eating our way from clam shacks by the Sagamore Bridge all the way up to restaurants in Provincetown. Lucky for us the best lobster roll on Cape Cod is right in our backyard.
The Friendly Fisherman, located on the east side of Route 6 in North Eastham, about 100 yards north of Brackett Road, has a swoon-worthy lobster roll that’s worth every penny of its $18.95 price.
The efficient and accommodating Demetri family and their staff serve up huge chunks of super-sweet claw and tail meat bound by the slightest bit of mayo. “Chunks” is the key word here. Unlike some lobster rolls found elsewhere, this is not just a glob of shredded lobster meat.
Friendly Fisherman’s lobster roll is served cold and piled high on a romaine lettuce-lined buttered and toasted bun. It’s a must-have Cape Cod eating experience. The lobster roll comes with fries but we often add cole slaw for an additional charge of 75 cents.
Kids may want to order the grilled cheese, grilled hot dog, chicken fingers or mac and cheese.
If you want to gild the lily and go all-out-lobster during your visit, try The Friendly Fisherman’s lobster bisque. It’s as good as it gets on Cape Cod—not too salty, with plump pieces of lobster meat mixed in.
You can BYOB (there’s a liquor store–called a package store in this neck of the woods–about 50 feet away, just across the parking lot) and enjoy lunch or dinner al fresco at one of their picnic tables. There’s even a small play area for kids but be aware that the only restroom facilities are Port-o-Sans.
The Friendly Fisherman store next door is the go-to neighborhood place for everything you need for a home-cooked feast of locally-caught seafood. The shop carries fixings for salads, a variety of top-quality fresh fruit and veggies, and homemade breads and pies. Freezer cases are stocked with soups, chowders, heat-and-serve dinner entrees and other goodies that seafood lovers will find irresistible.
The Friendly Fisherman store and clam shack are open seasonally.
(Photographs: Carolyn Gatto)