Lobsters and Lottery dreams

I love my early morning walk…it helps clear the sleep from my mind and gives me a chance to plan the day. Yesterday I was walking one of my favorite routes — from A Butler’s Manor through Southampton Village south into the estate district — when I happened upon a discarded scratch-off lottery card in the street outside of one of the large mansions on South Main Street, and had to giggle at the irony: the game was called “Set For Life,” and evidently nothing matched up. I could just imagine the disappointment of the person who’d tossed it away. Guess he won’t be purchasing a house in that neighborhood THIS week.

Speaking of Southampton’s estate district, if (like us) you’re not fortunate enough to be a member of the Meadow Club over on First Neck Lane (36 grass tennis courts and a pedigree that spans centuries) and therefore not able to partake of their Lobster Feast every Tuesday during the season, there is now an alternative right in the village. Jean MacKenzie Koster, who owns both the popular fish market The Clamman and Four Seasons Caterers, has renovated the old John Duck’s restaurant into a lovely catering facility with a large, airy dining room flanked by terraced private gardens. This summer, Four Seasons is opening its dining room on Tuesdays, 5 – 9:30 pm, for a classic clam bake. There is an all-you-can-eat buffet which includes some yummy pasta dishes, fresh salads, corn on the cob, mussels and clams, as well as finger-lickin’-good barbecue chicken and the sweetest lobsters Chris and I have had in a long time. A dessert bar completes the price-fix menu. For a small additional fee, a raw bar offers peel and eat shrimp, clams and oysters. And on top of it all, there is live entertainment to enhance the experience, and even a firepit on the lawn from which you can enjoy the fireflies as they twinkle amidst the garden borders. AND it is stumbling distance from A Butler’s Manor…no need to drive! Works for us!

Actually, early in the week is a great time for classic lobster dishes — lots of deals on those messy, crack and peel whole steamed crustaceans, served with a plastic bib and lots of paper napkins, corn on the cob and maybe a potato, and a vat of melted butter –yum! These casual eats are best found at some of our waterfront restaurants, like Sunwater’s Grill, Tiderunners, and Oaklands in Hamptons Bays, or Bostwick’s in East Hampton, but you can get it just a bit more upscale (as in a cloth napkin and interior seating) at Indian Cove in Hampton Bays or even Bobby Van’s (Tuesdays only) in Bridgehampton. When it comes to summer, if it means a lobster and –bonus! –a waterview, we’re all for it!

Yes, waiter, I’ll have the lobster, please.

Quote of the Day: The world is my lobster. —Henry J. Tillman

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