Merrimack separates Nashua and Manchester (Exit 11 of the Everett Turnpike and super accessible from both cities). It is where you’ll find the original Lobster Boat which is THE Down East seafood place to go. And for single women diners, you won’t feel self-conscious dining alone there.
Loved by locals since 1984, once inside you’d swear you’re right there on the Mainer seashore. And their food is just darned good. It’s also reasonably priced because we got a lobster roll at another lobster roll touting restaurant elsewhere that’s quite well received among their local crowd and the Lobster Boat’s was not only substantially less expensive but better which is what makes it an award winning item on their menu. They also have really good chowders (a biggie with me) and in addition to other seafood choices, for any landlubber types that you might have in your group, they’re nicely accommodated also.
When, where and how: Open for lunch and dinner 7 days from 11:30am (noon on Sundays), this restaurant is very casual so go however you’re comfortable. The original Merrimack location is at 453 Daniel Webster Highway. For visitors, this is also sometimes called DWH as well as Route 3, and also be aware, locals also call the Everett Turnpike Route 3). So to make it easy, getting off the Everett Turnpike at Exit 11, follow signs to Rte. 3 (DWH) and go left (north) for 1.8 miles, watching on your right for their building which looks very “Down East Lobster Shack-y” from the outside too. Their phone is (603) 424-5221.
Other locations — the owner’s two sons have opened up two others—one in Litchfield at 273 Derry Road (603-882-4988) and another in Exeter. Note for visitors, Exeter is a charming and historic inland seacoast town with a fun downtown section including a gazebo and lots of little quaint shops. The Lobster Boat is at 75 Portsmouth Avenue (603) 583-5183.
Their website with menus for all three locations is www.lobsterboatrestaurant.com.