Lobster Q in Hampstead
Lobster Q features both seafood and BBQ recipes
With seafood and barbeque sharing the menu, the cuisine seems like it should be found south of the Mason-Dixon Line. But Sean Hopkins, owner of Lobster Q, puts a decidedly New England take on the combination at his Hampstead eatery, where he even uses maple syrup instead of molasses in one of the many original barbeque sauces.
The extensive lunch and dinner items include all of the traditional favorites, but creative choices like the signature Lobster Pig sandwich, with its layers of homemade smoky pulled pork, apple barbecue sauce, coleslaw, lobster salad and lettuce piled high on a grilled bulkie roll are New Wave surf and turf. Tucked away in a strip mall along Rte. 111 in Hampstead, the entrance has a cozy full bar offering inventive cocktails, more than 50 hand-crafted and home-brewed beers, and an evolving wine list of appealing domestic and international labels. The PB&J bone-in chicken wings, with their perfect meld of hot, sweet and peanut flavors, are a can’t-miss appetizer. The smoked prime rib, covered in an original dry rub, is cooked slowly over wood chips soaked in Merlot to create an intense au jus and is served on the first full weekend of every month. The King’s Haddock, with generous amounts of bay scallops, Maine shrimp and crabmeat in the stuffing medley and drizzled with lobster bisque, is the house specialty and individually made to order. Burgers include Kobe beef and vegetarian versions, and for a crazy barbeque dessert, the Cabin Fever Corny Cake can be served two ways: with maple syrup or a stiff shot of maple whiskey for the adventurous.
The dining room holds only 55 guests, so reservations for parties of five or more are strongly suggested.