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The KMS Lobster Roll Face-off

Heaps of sweet lobster meat on a buttery toasted frankfurter bun....a favorite summer treat for most New Englanders! We decided to take an unscientific survey, polling the KMS Partners, to find THE best lobster roll in or around Fairfield County.

The results were inconclusive but whether you are a Connecticut purist (warm, with lots of melted butter) or a fan of the traditional Maine lobster roll (cold, with a little mayo and extras), we do have some great options for you! Get ‘em to go – they make a perfect beach or concert meal. Or enjoy the seaside atmosphere at some of these great locations.  Either way, we think your taste buds will be happy.

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Michael Mombello generally likes his “cold with mayo, celery, lemon and a bit of onion” but he claims the CT style at Knot Norm’s is “flat out amazing”. Seconded by Sheila Keenan, we say it is definitely worth a try!

(Hot lobster steamed and then poached in house made lobster butter. Topped with micro celery and lemon juice - yum!)

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David Weber stands by the rolls (and everything else) at Heibeck’s Stand. “Fairfield County's best lobsta roll is at Heibeck’s on Route 7 in Wilton! Surprising yes, but voted best in surveys and I can say everything from this roadside stand is great.”

Mary Ellen Gallagher was torn —

#1 for its authentic atmosphere and fresh caught lobster at Guilford Lobster Pound (top photo); “the rolls are awesome and eating outside on the dock in beautiful Guilford Harbor makes a perfect end to a summer day” 

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#2 for its amazing lobster rolls is The Seven Seas in Milford. Eat at the bar (free popcorn while you wait); knowing this place has been thriving for 50 years. They must be doing things right!

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Kim Harizman and Karen Scott went with the relatively new, fast, casual concept of Match Burger Lobster – featuring both a hot and cold roll, and of course, burgers. Eat-in or Carry-out. Choices, choices.

Sheila Keenan, while agreeing with both Kim and Michael’s picks, has another favorite.  She can be found at Westfair Fish and Chips on a weekly basis – for their lobster rolls as well as other great seafood.

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Surprising to us, we had two non-lobster lovers in the group. Susan Seath enjoys it occasionally, when it is hot.  We think she should give LobsterCraft a try – The Coastal will make her a true believer. If she can convince Laurie Morris to go with her, we think she would enjoy the Maine-style Dirty Maynard.

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And of course, for the grab-n-go variety to take to Levitt Pavilion, you can’t beat Stew Leonards!

So there you have it.  Can you squeeze eight lobster rolls into your summer?!

 

Summer Fun

Whether you’re a longtime homeowner, a new arrival or a summer renter, you share one thought: Let’s make the most of these months!

 Summer fun is a big part of what got you here. There’s a lot going on between now and Labor Day. Here at KMS Partners, we’ll make sure you don’t miss any of it.

 The Levitt Pavilion is Westport’s free outdoor summer series. Six nights a week, the handsome stage with sloping lawn on the banks of the Saugatuck River hosts concerts (rock, jazz, folk, military bands, kids – you get the idea) and other entertainment. Bring a picnic, open the wine – and did we mention, it’s free?!

 Fairfield’s thriving music scene includes summer concerts at the Sherman Green Gazebo, smack in the center of town. Nearly every night at 6:30 p.m., a band plays. Kids romp, adults socialize, and of course there’s plenty of places to get ice cream nearby. It’s as Norman Rockwell-esque as Fairfield County gets.

 “Music at the Barn” is a special Weston Historical Society series. There’s a Steely Dan Cover band June 23; jazz sensation Chris Coogan July 14, and Otis and the Hurricanes August 18. An all-day “Westonstock” Woodstock-style event on September 14 is not to be missed.

 For a comprehensive list of concerts in surrounding towns, check out Fairfield After Dark

 About the only thing you can’t buy at a Sidewalk Sale is a sidewalk. Everything else – clothes, jewelry, sunglasses, shoes, furniture, antiques, sports equipment, stuff – is available in racks and on tables. Prices are often slashed.

Westport’s (downtown and Playhouse Square) is June 28-30.

Fairfield’s (downtown) includes a street fair, on July 20.

 For nearly 50 years, the Fine Arts Festival has cemented Westport’s reputation as an arts town. The nationally recognized, juried event features 175 painters, photographers, sculptors, printmakers, glassblowers, jewelers and more. This year’s event is July 20th  and 21st.. There’s lots more going on too around Main Streets, including Westport Library’s annual book sale (July 20-23, on Jesup Green) The sale includes just about every book printed, and CD and DVD ever made (it seems).

 The next week (July 27-31), Pequot Library hosts its own incredible book sale. Over 100,000 items (including music and movies) are featured, in the Southport institution’s handsome building.

 You may not think of a library as a place to spend your summer, but Westport Library’s newly transformed building is definitely worth a visit. BTW, the grand opening is Sunday, June 23 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

 What’s summer without 4th of July Fireworks?

Westport’s are July 3. Compo Beach hums all day with picnics, marching bands and other fun. A ticket is required to park at the beach. Fairfield’s are also July 3, at Jennings Beach. Music starts at 6 p.m.; the pyrotechnics begin at 9:15.

Weston sets off its fireworks on the actual 4th of July, at the middle school — a community-wide 4th of July Celebration. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Bands play, magicians perform, and the entire town comes out. Tickets required.

 If sunsets are your thing, one of the best spots around is Compo Beach. South Beach – with its barbecue grills, picnic tables and alcohol-is-fine policy (no glass though!) – is where the cognoscenti gather to gawk.

 Want a bit of action beyond sunset-watching? Westport’s Parks and Recreation Department sponsors a summer road race series, every Saturday at 8 a.m. The first one is 2.3 miles; each week is longer, building up to a 10-mile finale the Saturday before Labor Day. It’s competitive, with plenty of camaraderie. Those 12 and under can also compete in Westport’s Age Group Track Events on Thursday evenings.

 How about golf? With public courses in Westport and Fairfield you have options! Longshore Women’s Golf Association (Tuesdays); Longshore Ladies Nine Hole Association (Thursdays); Longshore Men’s Golf Association has a summer weekend calendar online. Fairfield has leagues (Men’s, Women’s and Senior’s) that play at H. Smith Richardson or the South Pine Creek Par 3 Course – details here.

 The Westport Weston Family YMCA’s Point-to-Point Swim is Sunday, July 28. Swimmers of all ages and abilities race from one jetty to the other, in this very popular Y fundraiser.

 No story about summer in these parts is complete without a mention of the Blues, Views & BBQ Festival. Thousands of visitors stream to Westport’s Levitt Pavilion and environs to enjoy world-class blues music and mouth-watering barbecue. There’s plenty of other food too, and lots for kids to do. This year’s event is September 1 and 2.

 That’s a lot! We know you can’t do everything. But there’s one more summer highlight we hope you’ll consider. On July 13 (5 to 9 p.m.), KMS Partners Compass presents “Pools, Patios, Pergolas.” You can admire the luxurious outdoor living spaces of three fabulous Westport homes, while sampling food and custom cocktails from three award-winning caterers. It’s a benefit for Food Rescue US - Fairfield County, a fantastic organization that works hard to ease hunger.

 We hope to see you there. And of course, at many of these other great events. Now that’s what summer here is all about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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