What better way to work up an appetite on a Sunday morning that trying to hold three large goats still while they get their toenails clipped?

You’re right… there are much better ways. But let me tell you, it does th trick.

And that’s how I arrived at Bayside Restaurant in Westport ready for a big Father’s Day lunch.

The clamshell parking lot at Bayside, located near the corner of Horseneck and Beach roads in Westports, was filled to the brim around noon on Sunday. It was a perfect day to eat outside and enjoy the view of Allen’s Pond across the street and Buzzards Bay off off the beach.

We were told to expect a 20-minute wait and directed to the outside bar to pick up a cool drink. Trimming goat hooves also works up a thirst, so Barbara had the Tropical Breeze special, a punch of lime Malibu, strawberry and soda/Sprite. I tried a UFO White Ale.

The breeze was eminently drinkable and went down… like a breeze. It was fresh and tasty and perfect for a sunny day. The white ale, brewed by UFO which has breweries in both Boston and Windsor, Vermont, was crisp as advertised with just a hint of citrus and a touch of hops at the finish. The label specifically mentions coriander and I found that spicy note my least favorite element.

We found a surfboard-turned-bar at the edge of the outdoor dining area to wait for our table. There is ample seating around the patio — though some lies outside the boundary for drinks — evidence of the Bayside’s popularity during the summer season.

The wood-decked patio is a wonderful place to enjoy a summer afternoon. The views of the bay are great and a massive tree lends shade to most of the tables.

We hadn’t quite finished our drinks when we were led to a waiting table and presented with a menu to share, as the Father’s Day crowd had led to a shortage.

There was able a board chock-full of specials from lobster corn chowder ($6.99) to lobster tacos ($22.99) to codfish cakes and baked beans ($12.99).

There’s a decided seafood bend to the Bayside’s menu, but plenty of variety as well.

Among the appetizers, we considered the coconut shrimp with a house-made pineapple sriracha dip ($9.99), but decided to try their crispy fried Rhode Island calamari ($10.99). I had to add a piece of the “famous” cornbread (50 cents a piece) because it’s famous.

The menu is also filled with assorted salads, fried seafood platters fit to break the table (I saw some being delivered and they looked impressive), house specials and a some “lighter fare.”

The seafood Veracruz ($22.99) piqued my interest with “generous portions of cod, scallops and shrimp in a house-made Mexican-style tomato sauce with poblano peppers, capers and sweet onion over wild rice.” There was also a scallop and bacon ravioli that sounded great ($18.99), but both seemed a bit much for lunch.

I considered the curried chicken salad wrap with shredded carrots, craisins, apples and celery with a curry mayo ($12.99) but since several of the dishes included crabmeat, I decided to try to the real lump blue crabmeat salad roll with seasoned mayo on a grilled hot dog bun ($14.99). I opted for the eggplant fries for $1.50 extra.

Barbara discovered a note on the menu saying the Bayside’s lobster roll was voted by Food and Wine as one of the best in America, so she tried it (market price… $22.99 on this day).

It was a very short wait before our cornbread and calamari arrived. The cornbread was of the sweet variety that I expected. I grew up with dry, savory cornbread, but this was very tasty, moist and quite good with some melting butter on top.

The calamari was all rings and featured a very crispy coating that didn’t flake off the way a lot of fried calamari loses its breading. The marinari on the side looked house made and was chunky and delicious. Barbara thought it needed some tomato paste to thicken it up during cooking, but I really liked the flavor — maybe more than the marinara we’ve had at some local Italian restaurants. The pepper rings were not deep fried with the calamari and the vinegary bite of the pickling brine was a nice balance to the fried squid.

We hadn’t yet finished the appetizer when our rolls arrived. And they were a sight to behold.

The crab roll was loaded with a rich creamy mixture on a fresh split-top roll with some mixed lettuce on the bottom and a good portion of the fries.

The lobster roll was a monster. The Food and Wine listing says it’s five ounces of lobster, and it's all of that if not more. It also came with lettuce lining the roll (unnecessary Barbara pointed out) and either hand-cut fries or cole slaw.

I like how Bayside handles the butter vs. mayo battle and offers either option when you order. Barbara had a portion of clarified butter to drizzled on the lobster and it made for a delicious lobster roll that she dubbed her favorite of all we’ve tried around the region — high praise indeed.

I enjoyed the crab salad roll. It was sweet and had plenty of crab flavor. I liked the eggplant fries. They were very crispy on the outside and almost creamy in the center.

We were pretty stuffed after the sandwiches (Is a lobster roll a sandwich? Talk amongst yourselves.), but the Bayside menu boasts of house-made pies for dessert and our wonderful server, Annie, made a convincing case.

I probably would have gone for the strawberry rhubarb, but since Barbara was splitting it, we opted for lemon meringue ($4.99).

The pie was the only quibble I had with the meal. Pie that’s warm out of the oven sounds great, but I don’t think that applies to lemon meringue. I think it should be room temperature or even cold. Being warm, the slice was kinda all over the plate and the custard wasn’t set. It tasted nicely lemony, but I think the flavor would have been even stronger had it been cooler. The massive mountain of meringue was, however, a thing to behold.

All told, minus our pre-meal drinks, our tab came to $59.88… kinda steep, but it was the (newly minted) best lobster roll around surrounded by million-dollar views.