Visiting the Boardwalk is like exploring a colorful little shopping mall full of restaurants and bars. After walking through the stately archway entrance anchored by large decorative lobsters, visitors can consider numerous dining and drinking options, including a full-scale casual restaurant, a cantina and a quick-service fish stand. Best of all, the Boardwalk is located on prime harbor real estate, allowing boaters to dock and dine with ease.
Open since 2007, the spacious Upper Deck restaurant is the Boardwalk's newest addition. Panoramic views of the harbor round out a casual, fun atmosphere with large vaulted ceilings and nautically themed elements like suspended fishing nets. While the full summer menu wasn't yet available during our visit, there were still plenty of burgers, salads and sandwiches to pique our interest. And we had to try a bowl of the restaurant’s famous lobster bisque, a creamy, thick concoction packed with tender lobster bites.
This set the bar high for our lightly breaded perch, satisfying enough, but lacking the flavorful pizzazz of the bisque. The homemade potato chips on the side were delicious, slightly chewy and mildly seasoned. Thank goodness we saved a sliver of room for the Cinnabon sundae, two scoops of ice cream sandwiched between a soft, warm cinnamon roll. This artfully presented dish was drizzled with caramel, sprinkled with extra cinnamon and served with a dollop of whipped cream for a memorable finale. Most food items run between $10 and $20, but hours, menu options and prices can vary depending by season.