There are plenty of people who must eat fast food seafood. After all places like Captain D’s exist and McDonald’s has the Filet o Fish on its menu. I personally am not a big seafood person if it’s not freshly caught at the beach. So fast food seafood is not a part of my diet. But this is a step up from the aforementioned restaurants, but is it a high enough step up? Healthy fast casual restaurant Panera just announced they are adding lobster to the menu this summer. And apparently both these lobster items have been on the menu in the past.

Panera announced they are bringing back a pair of fan-favorites with the return of the Lobster Roll and Lobster Mac & Cheese. The bad news, you’ll have to be in the Northeast to try them. Darn, I do have to say the Lobster Mac & Cheese sounded tempting as I love Panera mac & cheese. The items will be available at select Northeast Panera locations starting today. Panera’s Lobster Roll features lobster claw and knuckle meat, tossed in a lemon tarragon mayonnaise-based dressing and piled high on a New England Roll. The Lobster Mac & Cheese features Panera’s velvety smooth Vermont White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese topped with buttered claw & knuckle lobster meat and seasoned Panko bread crumbs.

Panera locations with the new items include those in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island. So if you’re in the Northeast this summer, maybe give Panera a stop and try some fast casual lobster. If you do let me know how it is!

This North Carolina Restaurant Is The East Coast's Best Seafood Dive

When I think of a Seafood Dive I picture a hole-in-the-wall spot that you have second thoughts about even stepping inside, but it ends up being one of the best meals you’ve ever tasted. That’s why I was so excited when I came across this list from Ideal Living about the best seafood dive restaurants. I was even more impressed to learn that there is a North Carolina restaurant listed as one of the East Coast’s Best Seafood Dive restaurants. But I have to say after researching each of these restaurants, the term “dive” may be used graciously. The North Carolina spot, which is in Atlantic Beach, looks fantastic. But it also seems a little more high-class than your typical dive spot.

Other restaurants on this list are mainly congregated in the Northeast with one Florida spot making the list as well. All over fresh as can be seafood, cooking in local styles, and are immensely popular with tourists and locals alike. That’s the sign of a good establishment. You can read Ideal Living’s full article here or keep reading to see which North Carolina restaurant is the east coast’s best seafood dive. Have you stopped by there on vacation? I’d love to know how it is!

  • The Crab’s Claw; Atlantic Beach, NC

    Pastry and Executive Chef Antoinette M. Oberci (Toni) serves up Fine Caribbean Cuisine at The Crab’s Claw using only the freshest “Hand Selected” locally caught fish. Feast on her creative dishes while overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

  • J.B.’s Fish Camp & Seafood Restaurant; New Smyrna Beach, FL

    Self described as “Southern Food with attitude” JB’s is proud to offer the finest seafood in town, coupled with amazing river views, and a super chill vibe that is sure to bring you back with every visit!

  • Brown’s Lobster Pound; Seabrook, NH

    Brown’s Lobster Pound iswhere real seafood lovers eat! When you want real seafood cooked the New England way there is no better option.

  • Capt’ Billy’s Crab House; Popes Creek, MD

    Captain Billy’s is Southern Maryland’s most historic crab house! Enjoy all your favorite Maryland foods while taking in views of the Potomac!

  • The Lobster Pot Restaurant; Province Town, MA

    The Lobster Pot boast an iconic neon lobster sign welcoming visitors to the restaurant. Once inside they enjoy fresh seafood, an amazing view of Provincetown Harbor, and outstanding Cape Cod hospitality!

  • Fenwick Crab House; Fenwick, DE

    Fenwick Crab House says that they are the home of “The Perfect Crabcake,”. Located in the heart of Ocean City this “award-winning Crabhouse” serves crab cakes, steamed crabs, and crabmeat dishes among other delicacies.