Montclair’s mini Restaurant Row just a stone’s throw from the Montclair Art Museum is shaping up nicely now that the new Jack’s Seafood Shack & Oyster Bar has opened. With its decorative lobster traps and centerpiece massive lobster tanks (able to hold more than 300 lobsters, ranging in size from 1.5 -4 lbs.), Jack’s brings a Cape Cod vibe to the corner of Bloomfield Ave. and St. Lukes Place.

How do you choose between a Maine style lobster roll (served cold with a touch of mayo and celery on a grilled split top bun) or a Connecticut style lobster roll (pictured above, served warm with butter and lemon on a grilled split top bun)?

Owner Jack Tabibian, who also owns Jack’s Lobster Shack in Edgewater, gets asked that question a lot. He likes both rolls and says it’s just a matter of taste and preference. Sometimes he lets the seasons act as his guide, ordering Maine in summer months and Connecticut when the weather is cooler.

Of course, it’s a Seafood Shack, so there’s more than just lobster. Fried favorites, like clam strips, fried oysters, clam bellies and shrimp are all on the menu, as well as a big, meaty crabcake, served with tomato salad and a basil aioli.

Want something healthier? Try the pan seared scallops ($26), served with a charred corn salsa, roasted yellow pepper and corn puree with a lemon and olive oil vinaigrette. Or get New England favorites — a steam pot with a fresh Maine lobster, clams, mussels, shrimp, smoked sausage, sweet corn and potatoes seasoned with old bay — or a seafood stew featuring clams, mussels, shrimp, lobster claws and cod in a vegetable and seafood broth. Both are market price.

Be sure to save room for the giant Whoopie Pies ($6) big enough to share.

Jack’s Seafood Shack & Oyster Bar, 718 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair. (973) 893-5283.
Now open seven days a week.

One reply on “Lobster Rolls and More! Jack’s Seafood Shack Montclair Opens”

  1. Jack might want to spell Montclair correctly on his website (not “Montcalm” as it appears on the bottom of the main page)

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