The Black Lobster at Stromberg's Cove

In the early 1970’s, the Katrinakis family bought Stromberg’s Restaurant. The restaurant was renovated and then renamed as The Black Lobster at Stromberg’s Cove around 2010. The Black Lobster is located at 2 Bridge St, Salem, MA 01970.

The Black Lobster menu has ten sections. Seven of which are for food and the other three, for drinks. For the food sections there are appetizers (15 items), sandwiches (8 items), fried seafood and platter (8 Items), soups and salad (7 items), lobsters (6 items), entrees (13 items), and sides (13 items). While this is mainly a seafood restaurant, the menu includes chicken and beef selections. Also, even though this is an American New England restaurant, some choices on the menu are Tex-Mex-style dishes. As for the drinks the three sections are specialty drinks (15 items), wine (15 items), and beer (14 items). The menu totals to 114 items. This menu is not expensive nor cheap. From the design of the menu such as the font and the language used, it gives off a friendly, laid-back, and fun feeling. All of the menu items provide much detail about what is included in the dish.

The appetizers, sandwiches, and entrees offer primarily seafood dishes such as haddock, scallops, shrimp, lobster, clams, mussels, and crab. These three sections offer dishes with Tex-Mex spins mentioned before as well as Italian influence. This is present in dishes such as the mussels scampi, lobster quesadilla, blackened chicken quesadilla, haddock burrito, fish tacos, chicken broccoli ziti, chicken piccata, seafood Florentine, and pasta del mar. One item is Thai-influenced; the first item on the menu, the Lobster Rangoon’s.  

The fried seafood and platters section offers all seafood dishes with the exception of two chicken dishes. These dishes have minimal ingredients with little to no description listed. The soups and salads section contains two seafood soups with six salads. The salads are listed as non-seafood dishes however the subsection labeled as “top you salad with” gives seafood options to add to your salad order.

The lobster section is the most expensive section. Three of the six items are dishes that are styled to a specific New England Region such as Maine, Connecticut, and Cape Cod. These dishes are more detailed and all priced at 34 dollars. The first three items in the Lobsters section are the other three dishes that are simple with little to no description. Those dishes are also listed as market price. 

The specialty drinks are all cocktails such as “Best Bloody Mary Evah!”, “Shipwrecked at Misery Island”, and “Pain Killah”. None of these drinks have a price listed. The wines section offers the featured house wine as well as a white wine list and red wine list. The two lists also specify what place the wine is from such as California, France, Salem, South Africa, and Marlborough. The beer section lists bottled beers as well as draft beer under which it says to “ask your server about our rotating draft beers”. 

The Black Lobster at Stromberg's Cove