Think Christmas in New England, and it’s a good bet that it’s lobsters and not sugar plums that dance in your head. Bib-up and enjoy the classic lobster dinner of your dreams — decked out with all the traditional trimmings like corn on the cob and boiled potatoes — with this guide to Christmas dinner in New England.
Atlantic Fish, Boston, Massachusetts
Santa and the Mrs. would approve of Atlantic Fish’s New England Lobster Feast for Two, which features two-pound steamed lobsters and stocking (and stomach) stuffers like clam chowder, mussels, steamers, corn on the cob, and new potatoes. There’s also a Maine Lobster option (one-and-a-quarter up to a three pounders, and crabmeat stuffing, too, if you want) with corn on the cob and potatoes. A special Holiday Surf and Turf will also be available — a 10-ounce filet and cold-water lobster tail with creative sides, such as asparagus, organic poached egg, homemade hollandaise, and seasoned bacon.
Legal Sea Foods, Boston, Massachusetts
There are more than two dozen Legal Sea Food restaurants in and around Boston, and most of them will be open and serving lobster on Christmas. Choices include Steamed Lobster; the Lobster Bake, which includes a cup of clam chowder, steamers, mussels, chorizo, and corn on the cob; and the Baked Stuffed Lobster with shrimp and scallop buttery cracker stuffing. Unwrap this idea: You can order lobster dinners in larger sizes for the whole fam — baked and stuffed lobsters are perfect to share. Legal Sea Foods typically has four- to six-pound lobsters available anytime for sharing, but for Christmas, go ahead and order behemoth eight- to 10-pound lobsters by calling the restaurant 72 hours in advance. (Note: The Copley Place and Park Lane locations will be closed on Christmas Day).
Saltwater at the Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina, Newport, Rhode Island
A traditional lobster boil dinner will be served on Christmas Day at Saltwater with new chef Scott Rackliff at the helm. You’ll get a steamed lobster, corn on the cob, potatoes, and Saltwater’s signature gluten-free clam chowder topped with fried pancetta and leeks — Newport’s Christmas gift to you.
Abe & Louie’s, Boston, Massachusetts
A classic steakhouse, yes, but, like many steakhouses, Abe & Louie’s is a classic for lobster, too. On Christmas, the Boylston Street location will serve boiled lobster dinners (two, three, or four pounds) or baked lobster with breadcrumbs. A classic Maine Lobster casserole with two pounds of shelled lobster baked with breadcrumbs will also be available to order off the menu.
The White Barn Inn, Kennebunk, Maine
It doesn’t get any more quintessential New England than a lobster dinner served in an elegant barn in Maine (think white tablecloths and candlelight). Add Christmas to the mix and you’d expect Bing Crosby to swing by for caroling. A special holiday menu at the White Barn Inn will feature steamed lobster with a twist with the crustacean served on a bed of homemade fettuccine with carrots, ginger, snow peas, and a cognac-coral butter sauce.
Laurie Bain Wilson is a Boston-based journalist, author, and essayist who writes often about travel, food and baseball. Find her on Twitter @laurieheather.