For the love of all things lob-STAH!

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By Jane Bartnett

Lob-STAH or Lob-STER? No matter how you say it, the folks at the Lobster Pot understand exactly what you’re talking about.
“It’s Lob-STAH to me,” says chef Glen Medeiros, a native of Cape Cod. Along with his wife, Kathy, they opened the popular Siesta Key restaurant in 2000.
“My parents owned the original Lobster Pot restaurant in Provincetown, at the very end of the Cape Cod,” he said. “They had it for 40 years before selling it in 1979, but it’s still there and probably one of the best-known restaurants on the Cape.”

Fran, Tony, Glen, and Kathy Medeiros (left to right) at a table in the Lobster Pot with a picture of their beloved Maine coastline in the background. (photo by Jane Bartnett)

On Siesta Key, the Lobster Pot is a true family affair. Glen and Kathy have turned the day-to-day management of the eatery over to their sons Tony, who serves as the general manager, and Mark, who oversees “the back of the house.” While Glen is no longer the chef, he continues to support his sons, and Kathy works part-time as a hostess.
Tony’s wife, Fran, a former television director at Sarasota’s ABC-7, also lends a hand.
“Our staff is like family,” said Fran. “They’ve all been with us so long.”
Glen agreed. “Our employees are very dedicated. It’s a true family operation and many of our customers have been coming here since the very beginning,” he said.
Upon entrance, red-and-white checkered tablecloths and nautical decorations, ranging from mermaids to an antique model schooner ship, greet the customer. Gazing at a beautiful photo of the rocky shoreline in Portland, Maine, it’s hard not to feel as though you’re at a New England clambake on a sunny summer day.
In addition to the welcoming Cape Cod atmosphere, the true wonder of the Lobster Pot is its cuisine.
“Our signature dish is my grandmother’s award-winning baked stuffed lobster duchess,” said Tony.
Added Glen, “It was my mother’s original recipe from our Lobster Pot restaurant on the Cape. It was a super hit in P-Town.”
Lobster lovers will also delight in discovering the “lazy duchess,” a New England lobster tail presented with the Lobster Pot’s signature seafood stuffing and a splash of sherry wine, baked with Parmesan cheese on top. For those with a heartier appetite, a whole 1-1/4-pound Maine lobster can’t be beat. A Maine lobster tail dinner, available as one tail or two, is another option.
The classic lobster roll dinner is a great choice for lunch or a light dinner. It goes well with one of many seafood appetizers, salads, a cup or bowl of lobster bisque, or the “New England Clam Chowdah,” another Cape Cod family recipe.
Several dishes also celebrate the Medeiros family’s Portuguese roots.
“Lob-STAH,” as Glen says, isn’t the only dining option. For non-fish and non-seafood lovers, there’s a New York strip steak, filet mignon, and pork chops.
Tony can’t say enough about the port chops. “They’re marinated bone-up in our special marinade, served with two sides and apple chutney.”
Nodding his approval, his father agreed. “Don’t forget the corn bread,” said Glen. “It’s my secret recipe.”
Available as an a la carte item, a basket of this melt-in-your-mouth, buttery delight is a great addition to any meal.
The never-ending menu also includes a selection of pasta and rice dishes. “People who like spice will enjoy our pasta fiery dishes,” said Tony. “They’re cream-based and prepared in a bang-bang shrimp sauce.” Add chicken, shrimp or lobster.
Fish dishes include mahi, salmon, cod, haddock and catch of the day, served fried, grilled, blackened, or broiled, with two sides. “Our newest dish is baked stuffed haddock,” Tony reported.

Longtime employee Caitlyn Gierhart presenting Lobster Pot dishes at a festival. (photo by Peter Acker)

Over the years, the Lobster Pot has won many awards for its dishes — including the Taste of Sarasota competition. In January, the Lobster Pot was one of the featured restaurants at the annual Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival held at the Ringling Museum.
Many know the Lobster Pot by the large red lobster statue that stands guard at the edge of the restaurant. When the family decided that the lobster needed a name, they asked their customers to help them out.
“We held a contest,” said Tony. “The name ‘Clawdette’ had the most votes and that became her name.”In 2025, the Lobster Pot will celebrate 25 years on Siesta Key and the family has already begun to make celebratory plans.
Open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week, the Lobster Pot, found at 5157 Ocean Blvd., begins service daily at 11:30 a.m.
For more information, call (941) 349-2323 or visit sarsotalobsterpot.com.

“Clawdette,” the popular Lobster Pot mascot, guards the restaurant. (photo by Jane Bartnett)

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