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Twining's Lobster Shanty

  By: Alison Clary

In 2010, David and Janet Twining purchased a gorgeous bayfront property on Route 54 with plans to transform it into a New England-inspired restaurant. This was not their first restaurant purchase and renovation; 27 years prior, they took a tired old cottage and created Nantuckets, the area’s only fine dining establishment at that time.
Shortly after purchasing their new bayfront location, the Twining family unveiled Twining's Lobster Shanty, a more casual restaurant known to locals as the “Shanty.” David and Janet’s two sons began running operations at each restaurant; Delaney managed Nantuckets, while Dawson oversaw the Shanty. Sadly, Dawson passed away in 2015, but his legacy lives on at the Shanty.

A self-proclaimed “funky little place on the bay,” the Shanty boasts a wide range of classic local dishes and authentic New England fare such as bisques, homemade chowdahs, and an assortment of wiches. The Shanty is also home to the area’s first and most authentic Lobster Roll.

The menu has a heavy lobster presence, and Twining's infuses lobster into well-known food items in unconventional, yet taste-pleasing ways. The Lobster Guacamole is a unique take on classic guacamole and includes massive lumps of fresh lobster meat combined with avocado and pico de gallo. The Lobster Pot Pie is made with chunks of lobster, assorted vegetables, and homemade seafood sauce, served in a flaky outer crust. The Grilled Lobster Melt is packed with fresh lobster salad, homemade slaw, swiss cheese, Hellman's mayo, and served on marble rye bread.

The Shanty even has lobster-inspired cocktails including the Cucumber Lobster Bloody Mary, which is made with Effen Cucumber, house-blended bloody mix and garnished heavily with a lobster claw, celery, onion, olives, pepperoncini and topped with lemon and lime wedges.

There are countless freshly made food selections and hand-crafted drink options for guests who are not lobster enthusiasts. Additional entrée items include New York Strip, Maple Glazed Atlantic Salmon, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, and many others. Alcoholic beverages include an assortment of craft beers, domestic and imports, wine, crushes, mojitos, and other delicious cocktails.

The Shanty’s coastal architecture and eclectic design offer an extremely welcoming atmosphere. There is no single designated theme within the interior design, and every piece of décor is pulled from Janet’s personal collection. In one area you can find an antler chandelier, and in another section, you can discover vintage circus memorabilia. It is quirky but somehow flows together tastefully and provides a refreshing amount of personality, which can often be hard to come by in large resort towns.

The location also adds to the Shanty’s charm. It is just a short drive from the ocean, but far enough away that customers can escape the commotion of the resort area and enjoy a peaceful, relaxed setting. Bird watchers and wildlife aficionados often “flock” to the Shanty for the opportunity to witness the marsh’s ever-present ecosystem, including osprey, herons, and even bald eagles. While a gorgeous view of the marsh and its residing wildlife can be seen from any table in the restaurant, the outdoor deck certainly offers the most spectacular and breathtaking views in town and frequently showcases live entertainment. Stop into Twinings on Fenwick Island for Happy Hour (every day from 11:30am-6pm), amazing food and gorgeous coastal scenery. For more information, call 302-436-2305 or visit TwiningShanty.com.

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