01 of 05
Fresh Catch Serves Affordable Seafood Every Which Way
"It's like heaven for Mini Me and me!" I Tweeted when our server at Fresh Catch in Mansfield, Massachusetts, delivered an enormous grilled croissant overflowing with hot buttered lobster to our table. The two of us discovered this seafood restaurant and fish market in a southern suburb of Boston after a Junior Patriots Cheerleaders rehearsal in Foxborough. And even though we were so stuffed we had to go for a walk after lunch before settling into the car for our drive home to Connecticut, we were back at Fresh Catch six days later... because we couldn't resist the allure of lobster for breakfast. [Sadly, this is no longer an option.]
Fresh Catch was our idea of heaven for two reasons. Lobster prices are surprisingly cheap considering the restaurant is located in Greater Boston, where dining tends to be pricey. As of April 2018, you could order a 1-1/4-pound steamed lobster for a market price of $19.99. Compare that to the price for a single steamed lobster at Legal Sea Foods at Long Wharf in the heart of Boston during the same month: $36.95.
But what really made us giddy was the sheer variety of lobster dishes Fresh Catch serves. We certainly weren't expecting an extensive and inventive seafood menu when the GPS directed us into the parking lot at 30 Chauncy Street in Mansfield, Massachusetts.Continue to 2 of 5 below.
02 of 05
Fish Market Meets Sports BarFresh Catch's nondescript strip mall location is definitely deceiving. Inside, the feel is: Fish market meets sports bar. We watched Olympic volleyball on the restaurant's multiple flat screens. Fresh Catch would be a great place to eat seafood chowder, clam cakes and fried lobster while watching a Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics or Bruins game.Continue to 3 of 5 below.
03 of 05
In addition to the decadent warm lobster croissant, we couldn't resist ordering a pound of Maine steamers with broth and drawn butter, served with French fries and cole slaw, and we also shared a whole chilled lobster, which was served with a tangy-sweet cocktail sauce. Our server brought us fresh cornbread, too. It was substantially more food than my nine-year-old and I anticipated, and we lamented that our stomachs weren't bigger because we really wanted to try lobster guacamole and lobster deviled eggs: two special summer menu items.
The menu at Fresh Catch in Mansfield also features raw bar items, like oysters and littlenecks harvested in Cape Cod waters; salads including a Shrimp Cobb Salad and lobster salad; sandwiches including a fried whole clam roll and Fried Haddock Reuben; fried seafood platters; baked lobster macaroni and cheese; fish dishes and seafood entrees prepared every imaginable way; and burgers, steaks and chicken for those who aren't fans of sea fare. The Mansfield restaurant also has a full sushi menu.Continue to 4 of 5 below.
04 of 05
Lobster for Breakfast
[Update: Fresh Catch is No Longer Serving Breakfast.]
When we were back in Foxborough later the same week for my daughter's Gillette Stadium debut cheering for the Patriots during the preseason opener, we stayed just a short drive from Fresh Catch. I remembered seeing "Now Serving Breakfast" painted in the restaurant's window, so I asked my husband to call to check whether their breakfast menu featured lobster. The answer? "Of course!"
Once again, we over-ordered. But how could we resist trying the Lobster Benedict drizzled with Hollandaise? Or the Fresh Catch Omelet teeming with lobster meat, scallops, shrimp and cheese? Or my favorite: the Mariner Breakfast Sandwich: a flaky grilled croissant filled with scrambled eggs, fresh Maine lobster and Hollandaise and served with home fries. The only thing I ate the rest of the day was a salad for dinner.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
05 of 05
Cheap Lobsters and Seafood To Go, Too!
In addition to the Mansfield restaurant at 30 Chauncy Street (508-339-5187), Fresh Catch has a second Massachusetts restaurant location at 463 East Washington Street in North Attleboro. Both restaurants have sushi bars.
If you're going to the Fresh Catch in Mansfield, here's an important tip: Bring a cooler. You'll love the cheap prices and fresh selection at the adjacent fish market, too. And somehow... you'll find room to consume more seafood when you get home! Weekly retail and restaurant specials are posted online.