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By The Sea


Nubb’s Lobster Shack Opens: Q+A with Executive Chef Rick Shell

We created Nubb’s Lobster Shack at The Cliff House, Maine, as a place for guests to experience classic New England cuisine in a serene oceanfront dining setting. Our overall vision is to become one of Southern Maine’s top dining destinations, offering the region’s distinctive culture and traditions to provide an authentic yet unique local taste. Nubb’s Lobster Shack does just that through its quintessential Maine dining concept, flavors, and local appeal. The restaurant’s regionally-infused menu includes New England’s infamous lobster rolls, fried clams, raw bar, and juicy burgers with pickled garden tomatoes.

Who designed the space?
We tapped architect and restaurant designer Cooper Carry to design the space.

What makes the restaurant unique? 
Nubb’s is special for many reasons, one being the restaurant seating and design. It lends itself to a relaxed coastal feel. Others reasons include providing a fun and engaging dining experience, seeing the live lobster tank, and the chefs behind the line cooking your food. Whether you are with family, friends, or just relaxing by the pool, you will find that perfect treat.

What are the standout menu items? 
It goes without saying you have to try the lobster roll. The brown butter is the perfect blend of lobster, butter, and light spice notes. The lobster hushpuppies are a crowd favorite and great to share. A few other notables include the Butchers cut burger, the wings (a winner while watching that football game or playing pinball.) My favorite is the local, Lost Woods hot sauce.

Now that it is complete, what do you love most? 
The entire feel of Nubb’s is very refreshing. It has that retro look in a new space with an authentic food and beverage experience. I still go back to the fact that the space lends itself to be a fit for family and friends. The retro pinball, air hockey, and shuffleboard, are all great ways to create new family memories as well as relive some of your past.

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