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#1 Post by c fu » May 22nd, 2018, 3:27 pm

My wife's dream trip right now is to go eat her way through maine during lobster season.

I need tips.

What city should we stay in?
What are the best lobster spots?
Is there a road with just a bunch of lobster huts and I can gouge myself on inexpensive lobster?
When is the best time?
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#2 Post by Paul Flynn » May 22nd, 2018, 4:04 pm

Tons of places.

We like Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier. Lots of fun. BYO and it's right over the border in ME so we can get there in 25 minutes.
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#3 Post by C Wagner » May 22nd, 2018, 4:21 pm

I always enjoyed http://www.ogunquitlobsterpound.com and http://lobstershacktwolights.com, but I haven't lived in Maine for over a decade.

Both are relatively close to Portland (where I lived at the time), but there are tons of places all up and down the coast.
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#4 Post by c fu » May 22nd, 2018, 4:40 pm

Coastal spots is what my wife wants to do. Any recs on where we should use as a base to stay? where should i be flying into?

I'm thinking mid july to august?
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#5 Post by Chris Blum » May 22nd, 2018, 4:52 pm

I’m looking at Castine, Camden and maybe Searsport during that same time.

You want a lobster pound by the water? No lobster roll reqs?
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#6 Post by Steven Pumilia » May 22nd, 2018, 4:55 pm

I have stayed in Gerogetown at https://greyhavens.com/
I think the coast from there to the east and north more interesting than further south.
I generally eat on the wharfs at places like https://fiveislandslobster.com/ instead of sit down restaurants.... they all over the place, but
many are in little fishing harbors.
Most you eat at picnic tables and its BYOB
Fly into either Portland or Boston.
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#7 Post by c fu » May 22nd, 2018, 4:56 pm

Chris Blum wrote:I’m looking at Castine, Camden and maybe Searsport during that same time.

You want a lobster pound by the water? No lobster roll reqs?
lobster rolls as well. All things lobster and inexpensive - my wife's only two recs. ha
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#8 Post by David K o l i n » May 22nd, 2018, 4:58 pm

If you’re near Wiscasset and have a lot of time for lines, Red’s Eats

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#9 Post by Chris Blum » May 22nd, 2018, 5:12 pm

in addition to Red’s. I’ll add Larson’s Lunch Box and Harraseeket Lobster (mayo based for variety sake).

There’s also a great diner with amazing pies, but I’m drawing a blank on the name.
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#10 Post by David K o l i n » May 22nd, 2018, 6:09 pm

Where to stay? Portland. Great restaurants for its size
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#11 Post by C Wagner » May 22nd, 2018, 8:45 pm

I second Portland as a great place to stay.

Depending on how long you’ll be in Maine, you could do a few nights in Portland and a few elsewhere. Rockland is nice.
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#12 Post by Z. Hu » May 22nd, 2018, 10:26 pm

Take the family to Acadia National Park. We stayed nearby and happened to be at the boat dock in the morning and the fisherman sold us some cheap seafood. They also had crab that they said they couldn't sell so I bought them for 50 cents each but this was 10 yrs ago haha
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#13 Post by Andy Steinman » May 23rd, 2018, 12:47 am

Nunan's Lobster Hut in Cape Porpoise - my go to since 1982.
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#14 Post by Barry L i p t o n » May 23rd, 2018, 2:07 am

As far as cheap goes, I always have lived the fresh picked meat by the pound sold at the lobster pounds. It may sound expensive per pound but it’s sooo much meat. Other than eating really big ones, it’s the only time I get satisfied. Get a couple of lobsters whole for eating there and buy a lb of meat for later. I’ve gotten them when they are picked that AM. Usually from one claw lobsters that don’t fetch a good price whole.

The meat is super sweet and top value, sounds just what your wife is looking for.

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#15 Post by G Kramer » May 23rd, 2018, 4:31 am

Bite into Maine - a food truck in beautiful Fort Williams Park in Portland serves the finest lobster roll I’ve had. The also have a truck at Allagash Brewery. Less scenic but possibly more compelling.
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#16 Post by Jorge Henriquez » May 23rd, 2018, 5:55 am

G Kramer wrote:Bite into Maine - a food truck in beautiful Fort Williams Park in Portland serves the finest lobster roll I’ve had. The also have a truck at Allagash Brewery. Less scenic but possibly more compelling.
Was going to write that I had the best roll at the food truck in the parking lot of Allagash. Will be heading up that way again in late July.
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#17 Post by Ethan Abraham » May 23rd, 2018, 8:52 am

We liked inn by the sea in cape Elizabeth, which is about 15 minutes outside Portland. Portland is fun, our daughter loved the donuts and the lobster boat trip (if you r bringing yours). We are going back end of August this year. No sure how juge-friendly lobster is though.

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#18 Post by Dennis M » May 23rd, 2018, 6:52 pm

I would take a look at Ogunquit - Marginal Way is a beautiful walk to Perkins Cove where you can dine on lobster. My family and I have enjoyed spending time there.
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#19 Post by David K o l i n » May 23rd, 2018, 7:46 pm

If you want to get away from people and on the water, I highly recommend Deer Isle and Stonington. Gorgeous waterfront. Highly recommend Pilgrim’s Inn.

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#20 Post by T Klonoski » May 24th, 2018, 5:28 am

Could score some points with the Mrs. by getting her this book:
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#21 Post by Alan Rath » May 24th, 2018, 1:20 pm

I used to go to a conference every other year that was held in Maine, Vermont, or New Hampshire. I would always hit a couple of lobster shacks each time out. One word of warning: I love lobster. I mean love. But after eating it a couple of times, I'm usually ready for something else.

I keep a list of lobster shacks in my notes, though this is a little out of date by now. There are some things you can do in Maine, outside of eating lobster. Kittery, at the southern edge, is a big outlet center. Farther north is the town of Freeport, home of LL Bean (and also Thomas Moser furniture, beautiful stuff). I would probably try to fly in and out of Portland if connections are decent.

Harraseeket is a good one in Freeport. The Lobster Dock is great, with plenty of seating and good views, but a bit of a drive. You can check out most of the options for wherever you'll be from the writeups and links below (the Lonely Planet link doesn't work any more, but I included it anyway).


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Secret Lobster Shacks of Maine (with Map to the Treasure!)
Blog: Brewster House News - 6 March 2012
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Tucked away in a hidden harbor, nestled between two buildings, at the end of a pier, Maine's lobster shacks may be where you least expect them. Oh, sure, many visitors have heard of some of them - Red's Eats, Barnacle Billy's, The Clam Shack. But we think there are many, many more that far fewer have discovered. Some have been "exposed" by Travel + Leisure magazine's 2009 article, "10 Best Lobster Shacks in Maine", but many others are found only by a few who stumble across them, or are given directions and recommendations, by a sympathetic innkeeper or host.

Several years ago we created a map of Maine lobster shacks that remains one of our most popular links today. We'll be using that map, expanded and updated with photos where possible (many are our own photos - where that wasn't possible, we've included photos from the website of the lobster shack, if available, so apologies if any links end up broken due to moved photos).

The full map is below, and we'll be journeying from south to north up the Maine coast, with 19 lobster shacks to visit.

1. Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier, Kittery Point
Just across the Piscataqua River bridge from Portsmouth, NH, at Kittery Point, Maine, is Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier. They've been boiling and serving for over 50 years, and are well known by visitors and locals alike..

2. Shore Road Lobster
Off a back road, along the coast, in York, is a little red country store that serves excellent, fresh, and inexpensive, lobster and lobster rolls. There are a few picnic tables outside, as well as a small dining area inside. They don't have a website, but their reviews on TripAdvisor are glowing! We've tried it, and we loved it. Shore Road Lobster is only a short drive from Cape Neddick Lighthouse (the Nubble), so it made for a great afternoon for us!

3. Barnacle Billy's, Perkins Cove
Perkins Cove is, itself, a well-kept secret. A beautiful hidden cove, just down Shore Road from Ogunquit, appears almost magically, as you leave the world behind. Barnacle Billy's is an institution for those who've tried it, and a secret well-concealed from those who haven't. Enjoy a wonderful lobster dinner (or other great seafood meal) at the waters' edge, and just across the way is Goat Island Lighthouse - another gem rarely seen by visitors.

4. The Clam Shack, Kennebunkport
In beautiful Kennebunkport, on the bridge over the Kennebunk River, the Clam Shack is considered (along with Red's Eats) one of the best, if not the best, place for lobster rolls in the entire State of Maine. Eat outside and stroll along the bridge, enjoying the sights and sounds of the harbor and the town.

5. Nunan's Lobster Hut, Kennebunkport
Like the Clam Shack, Nunan's is a no-frills experience, that has been serving up the great red treat for over 50 years.

6. The Lobster Shack at Two Lights
Taking its name from the twin lighthouses across the road, the Lobster Shack at Two Lights sits atop a bluff, looking out at Casco Bay. Dress warmly if you visit, as the wind across the bluff can be fierce, but the views are as wonderful as the lobster! If you walk out the rocks below the lobster shack, on a clear day you can see Portland Head Lighthouse in the distance.

7. Days Crabmeat and Lobster, Yarmouth
Just along the side of US-1 as you pass from Yarmouth to Freeport is Days Crabmeat and Lobster. Not only can you eat at the takeout area, but this is one of the best places for lobster to take home (packed to travel) in the area.

8. Cindy's Clams, Freeport
Barely known outside of Freeport, Cindy's Clams has been recognized as having the very best clams (not to mention some pretty fair lobster). It's funky atmosphere and silly signs just makes dining at Cindy's more of a pleasure!

9. Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster, Freeport
Freeport's harbor is about a mile or so from its well-known shops, but most visitors find their way there to enjoy fresh, local, lobster, right off the boats. Eat outdoors or inside, you'll have a nice view of the harbor, and across to the lovely peninsula where Wolfe Neck State Park is located. Arrive early in the summer, as lines can be quite long.

10. Linda Bean's Perfect Maine Lobster Roll, various locations
Linda Bean is L.L. Bean's granddaughter, and has certainly inherited good business sense. Linda's lobster roll shops are in Freeport, Portland, Rockport, Port Clyde, not to mention Hull, Massachusetts and Delray Beach, Florida. She also has Linda Bean's Maine Kitchen and Topside Tavern in Freeport.

11. Estes Lobster House, Harpswell
Estes Lobster House has been serving lobster since 1947, but since it is at the tip of Harpswell Neck, it can be a bit off the beaten track for visitors. For example, the directions include "follow Route 123 until you come to the sea." Not surprisingly, you can also arrive at Estes Lobster House by boat, as the dock is just feet away. Harpswell is a classic lobstering town, so you're assured of the best and freshest seafood you can find!

12. Five Islands Lobster Co., Five Islands
Five Islands is located near the tip of Georgetown Island, along the Maine coast. The drive is beautiful, as you pass harbors and villages, then the entrance to lovely Reid State Park with its rocks and beaches. Five Islands is a hidden jewel, with lovely islands just offshore, and a lighthouse across the water. Lobster is served at picnic tables on the dock, so you can watch your supper being brought in by the lobster boats.

13. Lighthouse Lobster Shack, Wiscasset
Located at the relatively new Maine Heritage Village, the Lighthouse Lobster Shack is right along US-1. The lobster shack gets fresh lobster daily, so their seafood is always fresh.

14. Red's Eats, Wiscasset
Reds Eats in Wiscasset, like the Clam Shack in Kennebunkport, is a perennial nominee for the best lobster shack in the state. They do not have a website, but they finally did get a Facebook page (the link above is to their Facebook page). In the summer the lines for this pound-size lobster roll can stretch around the corner and down the walk near the river, as visitors wait to sample the delicious fare.

15. Trevette Country Store, Barter's Island
The Trevette Country Store doesn't have a website, but it certainly has its loyal customers! Just over the Barter's Island bridge, the store serves up lobster rolls said to be fabulous and inexpensive.

16. The Lobster Dock, Boothbay Harbor (went here from Gordon Conference, 2010, nice beach restaurant type place)
More a restaurant than a lobster shack, the Lobster Dock has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, and magnificent views of Boothbay Harbor. Watch your lobster slip into a big pot with an ear of corn, and wait for the succulent delight as your meal is served at a table on the deck overlooking the water. Mmmmmm!

17. Shaws Fish and Lobster Wharf, New Harbor
Located near Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, in New Harbor, Shaws is a perennial member of the Travel + Leisure "Top Ten" list. It is situated overlooking the beautiful harbor, where you can also take puffin watching or whale watching tours in this tiny coastal hideaway town.

18. Waterman's Beach Lobster, South Thomaston
Down the hill from the lovely town of Thomaston, Waterman's Beach Road leads to the water, and to Waterman's Beach Lobster. Over two decades of serving lobster has made this a local favorite, and, for those visitors who can find their way to it, a favorite of visitors as well.

19. Bagaduce Lunch, Brooksville
Other than its mention in Travel + Leisure, and lots of favorable online reviews, Bagaduce Lunch is another "best kept secret." With no website we can find, there are still loyal fans who post glowing reviews of the tiny lobster shack in the gorgeous Blue Hill area.

20. Thurston's Lobster Pound, Bass Harbor
Not far from Bar Harbor, but, once again, out of the mainstream, Thurston's is at Bass Harbor, not far from Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. Exploring this area is a real treat, and the beauty of the coast, the offshore islands, and the lighthouse can easily be rewarded with a treat of lobster at Thurstons.

No doubt there are others (certainly we haven't hit them all - yet!). Feel free to suggest your favorites in the comments!
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My favorite Maine lobster shacks
When I eat lobster, I take no prisoners. All that’s identifiable in the carnage left behind are the eyes, antennae, swimmeretes (those feathery appendages on the underside of the body), and dismembered carcass. Finished, I’m literally dripping in lobster juice and goo.
The only place for such a messy operation is a classic lobster shack, a sometimes rough-and-tumble operation that’s usually within sight and scent of the ocean.
I’ve dined at lobster outposts from Kittery to Eastport. Some serve only lobster, others a full menu ranging from hot dogs to blueberry pie.
I favor the in-the-rough, order-at-the-counter, eat-out-on-a-picnic-table shacks. These are usually pet friendly and often come with free entertainment: You can watch lobstermen unload their catch and refuel and restock their boats. No need to dress up – better to dress down so you can skip the bib. Another plus: Most allow you to bring the go-withs, from cheese and crackers to salads and rolls to wine and beer.
And remember that while lobster prices reflect market conditions, the farther you travel from the trappings of civilization and the deeper you get into bona fide lobstering territory, the fewer frills and the less costly the goods.

MY TOP CHOICE (s)
Round Pond Lobstermen’s Co-op, Round Pond
When given a choice, I opt for simplicity: If the joint does only one thing, there’s a better chance it’s doing it right. Take Round Pond Lobstermen’s Co-op (Round Pond Harbor, Bristol, Pemaquid Peninsula, 207-529-5725), a more-rustic-than-most spot overlooking a picture-postcard harbor. Buddy Poland serves lobster, steamers, corn-on-the-cob, and chips. Period. When he runs low on lobster, he saunters down the dock, climbs into his dingy, putt-putts out to a lobster car – that floating crate where the crustaceans are stored – and brings back reinforcements.

Muscongus Bay Lobster, Round Pond
For those who don’t like lobster, there’s Muscongus Bay Lobster (Round Pond Harbor, Bristol, Pemaquid Peninsula, 207-529-2251), a larger and wee bit fancier place with a bigger menu. I have friends who favor this spot not only because of the expanded choices – lobster and crab rolls, stews and chowders – but also because it has some sheltered tables, if the weather looks threatening. It also serves fresh Pemaquid oysters, which gives it points in my book. And it earns extra points for having a touch tank filled with all manner of slimy and spiky sea critters for the kids.

OTHER CHOICES
Chauncey Creek, Kittery Point
While those are the two shacks I frequent, there are plenty of others along the coast. Another classic is Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier (16 Chauncey Creek Road, Kittery Point, 207-439-1030), which overlooks tidal Chauncey Creek (prettier at high tide). Like Muscongus, it has both deck and sheltered seating (heated), all at brightly colored picnic tables. The menu has choices for landlubbers – chicken dinner, hot dog – as well as mussels, oysters, cherrystones, tuna roll, and even shrimp, but lobster is why folks come. Be forewarned: It can be very crowded, parking is a nightmare, and bug spray is a must.

Cape Pier Chowder House, Cape Porpoise
The scenery is top notch at the Cape Pier Chowder House (79 Pier Road, Cape Porpoise, Kennebunkport, 207-967-0123), which tops a pier in a traditional lobstering village. The views (bring binoculars) extend to Goat Island Light House. There’s inside seating, so it’s weatherproof, which gives it a longer season than most; it opens in April and goes to November. The menu has a lot more than lobster, and it’s open for breakfast on weekends.

Lobster Shack, Cape Elizabeth
If you’ve had enough of quaint fishing village vistas, head to The Lobster Shack (222 Two Lights Road, Cape Elizabeth, 207-799-1677). It has everything: rocky ledges, tide pools, crashing surf, a broad menu, dive-bombing seagulls, big-ocean views, and a lighthouse (with foghorn – avoid on a foggy day or bring earplugs). It’s a classic with frills: dining inside and out and a menu that includes sandwiches and fried seafood.

Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster, S. Freeport
Take a break from power shopping L.L. Bean’s and the outlets and head to Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster (Main Street, Town Wharf, South Freeport, 207-865-4349), a popular spot on the working harbor. Not much fussiness here; picnic tables on pavement and a tiny dining room are the seating options. The menu, however, is pretty extensive for a lobster joint. You can decide for yourself whether fried clams are better battered or breaded. BE FOREWARNED: In 2011, Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster began charging customers for water, which is outrageous. On one visit, the chowder served was barely warm and tasted as if it came from a can. It can do better, and so can you; go elsewhere (such as nearby Day’s, on Route 1, with seating behind overlooking a tidal estuary).

Five Islands, Georgetown
Five Islands (1447 Five Islands Road, Georgetown, 207-371-2990) tops a lot of lists for favorite lobster shack, and for good reasons. The setting is idyllic. It tips a finger of bridge-connected islands. Sit on the wharf – that’s the only choice – and watch sailboats play hide-and-seek amid the spruce-topped islands in the harbor and lobster boats chug to and fro pulling traps. The headliner is lobster, but there are plenty of other options, from chowder and fish ’n’ chips (hand-breaded) to burgers and chicken tenders. It earns points for making its own tartar and mustard dill sauces and cilantro mayo. You get the idea: These folks are passionate about their products.

Waterman’s Beach, S. Thomaston
No less an authority than the James Beard Foundation gave Waterman’s Beach Lobster (343 Waterman’s Beach Road, South Thomaston, 207-596-7819) an award for being an “American Classic.’’ Order at the window, then grab a picnic table overlooking a working pier and island-studded Mussel Ridge Channel. It doesn’t get much better than that. But it is tiny, and given such a big reputation, expect to wait. And do save room for the homemade pie.

Miller’s, Spruce Head
If the line’s too long, or you prefer something a bit more remote, segue over to nearby Miller’s Lobster Pound (Eagle Quarry Road, Spruce Head, 207-594-7406) on quiet Wheeler’s Bay. It’s on a working wharf, and if you time it right, you can watch lobster boats unload their catches. The emphasis is on lobster, but it serves other shellfish, hot dogs, and homemade pies, too. There is some sheltered seating. Beer and wine are served.

Fish House Fish, Monhegan Island
It doesn’t get much more in the rough than Fish House Fish: a fish shack on a beach on an island. Perfection! You can get boiled lobsters as well as lobster rolls, crab rolls, seafood stews and chowders, and even appetizers in the form of local smoked fish. Take it all to a picnic table on the beach, overlooking Monhegan’s lobsterboat-filled harbor, with Manana Island as a backdrop.

Perry’s, Surry
On a clear day, the views from Perry's lobster shack in surry, Maine, extend over the ocean to Mount Desert Island.Hilary Nangle photo.Way, way off the radar screen (and the highway) is Perry’ Long’s Lobster Shack (1076 Newbury Neck Road, Surry, 207-667-1955). It’s true to its name, with just a handful of picnic tables on a pier. The menu is limited; it serves lobsters, mussels, corn-on-the-cob, lobster rolls (1/4 pound premium lobster meat on a fresh, chewy bun), crab rolls, and—for the kiddos—corn dogs. And save room for the ice cream sandwiches made with farm-made ice cream (emphasis on cream) and homemade chocolate cookies. People come for those, alone. And the views? Over the ocean waters to Mount Desert Island.

Thurston’s, Bernard (Mt. Desert Island)
Everyone knows Thurston’s Lobster Pound (Steamboat Wharf Road, Bernard, 207-244-7600) is the best lobster spot on Mount Desert Island. The two-story, screened-in dining area is built on a wharf above lobster boat-clogged Bass Harbor in a classic fishing village. Because it caters not only to tourists but also to the island’s well-heeled summer residents, it’s quite a bit snazzier (perhaps pricier, too) than most lobster spots. Still, it’s an order-at-the-counter place – just be sure to read the rules before doing so.

Lunt’s Dockside Deli, Frenchboro Island
For the real deal, take the Bass Harbor Cruises lunch cruise to tiny Frenchboro, on Long Island, eight miles off Mount Desert Island, in Blue Hill Bay, for lunch at Lunt’s Dockside Deli (207-334-2902). Lunt’s is built on a working wharf over a harbor that’s filled with working boats, not yachts. En route, Captain Kim Strauss, who has been navigating these waters for more than 55 years, not only shares lobster lore, but also will haul up a trap or two and explain the whole process. And that knowledge makes you appreciate the critters even more.

Quoddy Bay Lobster, Eastport
You can't beat the view or the food at Quoddy Bay Lobster in Eastport, Maine. Hilary Nangle photoWhen the weather’s clear, there’s nothing finer than lobster at Quoddy Bay Lobster, in way, way downeast Eastport. Watch boats unload their catch, watch the tide change, and simply soak in the views over Passamaquoddy Bay. Heaven!


The 10 Best Lobster Shacks in Maine
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Nothing says summer in New England better than lobster, and Maine serves up some of the juiciest claws, the tenderest tails, and the most overstuffed lobster rolls from seasonal shacks.
Adrien Glover and Peter Jon Lindberg, writing in the August 2010 issue of Travel+Leisure have come up with a list of the best lobster shacks in the state that claims a 3,500-mile coastline.
Here are their choices:
Five Islands Lobster Company, 1447 Five Islands Road, Georgetown, Maine
Waterman’s Beach Lobster, 343 Waterman’s Beach Road, South Thomaston, Maine
Shaw’s Fish & Lobster Wharf, 129 Route 32, New Harbor, Maine
Red’s Eats, 41 Water Street, Wiscasset, Maine
Morse Lobster at Estes Lobster House, 1906 Harpswell Neck Road, South Harpswell, Maine
Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster, 35 Main Street, South Freeport, Maine
Clam Shack, 2 Western Avenue (Route 9), Kennebunkport, Maine
Barnacle Billy’s, 50 & 70 Perkins Cove Road, Ogunquit, Maine
Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier, 16 Chauncey Creek Road, Kittery Point, Maine
Bagaduce Lunch, 145 Frank’s Flat, Penobscot, Maine
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#22 Post by Chris Blum » May 24th, 2018, 1:44 pm

Nice list! Thanks
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#23 Post by Steve Manzi » May 24th, 2018, 5:11 pm

If Lobsters ever become extinct, we know that Alan was directly responsible. [wink.gif]
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#24 Post by Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow » May 24th, 2018, 5:46 pm

Lobster (and pizza) has been my favorite food since childhood.

We started going annually in the summer and , occasionally, in the winter in 1994, and bought a place in 2007. It is located in "midcoast" Maine lobster village, and is accross the street from the ocean harbor. Both within 50 yards to the left and to the right are two working, active lobster docks. Within a 10 miles are MANY "lobster shacks" (if that is your thing, rather than buying lobster and corn....and ...cooking it in, along with the great crabs no one bothers with...steamers and other fish and shellfish in the markets. The maine "Luke's Lobster" , a small national chain of lobster rolls, etc. has its protoype lobster shack on the dock in the small village, within walking distance.

The area is full of things to do, from hiking to kayaking to museums. (Rockland and Camden are the closest towns).

The kitchen is well stocked to steam lobsters, melt butter, hack them up.....and watch the ocean,
across the street through the trees. (Maine is BYOB unfriendly, so...bring your own Coche or Montrachet to drink in the cabin; the glasswsre is appropriate.) IMO, "lobster shacks" are fungible,the biggest difference is usually the dressing on the coleslaw. No place I've found is worth traveling to if another one is closer.

Staying in Portland would require long, congested rides to such places, though there are some in that town, and good restaurants.It sounds like you need to be in lobster fishing country...preferably in
August, which is also the splendid "wild blueberry" season...a totally different treat from cultivated blueberries.

Enough.....if you are interested.....pm me or email me or whatever.....if not....good luck.

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#25 Post by ClarkstonMark » May 25th, 2018, 1:16 am

https://www.biteintomaine.com/ really are the best lobster rolls
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#26 Post by Siun o'Connell » May 25th, 2018, 9:24 am

Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow wrote:Lobster (and pizza) has been my favorite food since childhood.

We started going annually in the summer and , occasionally, in the winter in 1994, and bought a place in 2007. It is located in "midcoast" Maine lobster village, and is accross the street from the ocean harbor. ..

Looks lovely!

While I can see flying into Portland, for real Maine getting away up the coast sure seems essential. I'd second Acadia (do they still do the boat tour where they explain the lobster industry? did that years ago and it was a genuinely fun and interesting way to enjoy a few hours on the water). Ithin you can fly into Bar Harbor? Nearby Deer Isla is pretty gorgeous and Blue Hill is quaint and years ago had the best small batch jams and jellies I've ever found. That whole area would be a lovely vacation for lobster and real relaxation.

If you're more pressed for time or travel to the Acadia area is too complex, flying into Boston and driving up thru Postsmouth NH to the lobster spots between there and Kennebunkport would be fun ... just not quite as much of a getaway. There are a few old school resorts in Kennebunkport that would be good spots to stay on the water ...Nonantum and The Colony. I'd check recent reviews but I've enjoyed that old school New England style in the past (along with the lobster!)

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#27 Post by c fu » May 25th, 2018, 10:05 am

Siun o'Connell wrote:
Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow wrote:Lobster (and pizza) has been my favorite food since childhood.

We started going annually in the summer and , occasionally, in the winter in 1994, and bought a place in 2007. It is located in "midcoast" Maine lobster village, and is accross the street from the ocean harbor. ..

Looks lovely!

While I can see flying into Portland, for real Maine getting away up the coast sure seems essential. I'd second Acadia (do they still do the boat tour where they explain the lobster industry? did that years ago and it was a genuinely fun and interesting way to enjoy a few hours on the water). Ithin you can fly into Bar Harbor? Nearby Deer Isla is pretty gorgeous and Blue Hill is quaint and years ago had the best small batch jams and jellies I've ever found. That whole area would be a lovely vacation for lobster and real relaxation.

If you're more pressed for time or travel to the Acadia area is too complex, flying into Boston and driving up thru Postsmouth NH to the lobster spots between there and Kennebunkport would be fun ... just not quite as much of a getaway. There are a few old school resorts in Kennebunkport that would be good spots to stay on the water ...Nonantum and The Colony. I'd check recent reviews but I've enjoyed that old school New England style in the past (along with the lobster!)
I am considering the flying into Boston and driving up the coast option as well.

As evidenced by me, I have zero idea of the geography or proximity of anything in Maine is. I want to do the coastal lobster shacks and stuff and it seems like there are contradicatory opinions on where to fly into/stay if that’s the case.

I have no opposition to staying at an airbnb or B&b in a small town if it’s a better option than say portland. Small town coastal would be right up on the list of things my wife would want.

To tunnel in deeper. I do not care about bars, fancy eats, nightlife or shopping. I just want all things lobster and shellfish at decent pricing and fresh as f in a casual setting. That and WiFi so we can watch shows after stuffing ourselves. I am not opposed to staying in two places to space myself out for maximum enjoyment.

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#28 Post by ERPark » May 25th, 2018, 10:06 am

Curious what is the going price for lobsters (whole, rolls and by the pound) at these restos, coast side stands, food trucks, etc. in the heart of the "motherland"?
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#29 Post by M.Kaplan » May 25th, 2018, 11:33 am

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If you fly into Boston, stop at the Clam Box of Ipswich or Woodman's on your drive up the coast and eat fried belly clams. The Clam Shack in Kennebunkport also serves tasty belly clams, in addition to lobster/rolls.
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#31 Post by Alan Rath » May 25th, 2018, 12:38 pm

c fu wrote:I am considering the flying into Boston and driving up the coast option as well.

As evidenced by me, I have zero idea of the geography or proximity of anything in Maine is. I want to do the coastal lobster shacks and stuff and it seems like there are contradicatory opinions on where to fly into/stay if that’s the case.

I have no opposition to staying at an airbnb or B&b in a small town if it’s a better option than say portland. Small town coastal would be right up on the list of things my wife would want.

To tunnel in deeper. I do not care about bars, fancy eats, nightlife or shopping. I just want all things lobster and shellfish at decent pricing and fresh as f in a casual setting. That and WiFi so we can watch shows after stuffing ourselves. I am not opposed to staying in two places to space myself out for maximum enjoyment.
I've flown in and out of Boston many times, and done that drive a dozen times. Aside from possibly better flights to/from Boston, it will just add to the time and aggravation of getting up into wild Maine. I95 can be as bad as LA traffic when the tourists are heading out or back into the city. The more beautiful, less crowded areas will be north of Portland. I would hunt for a nice B&B along the coast to the north, or preferably out past Freeport. Fly in and out of Portland. My 2c.

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#32 Post by Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow » May 25th, 2018, 2:36 pm

Yes....real lobster country is north of Portland and south of Acadia/Mt. Dessert Island, which is expensive tourist country. ("Down east" to "mid-coast" Maine)

Portland is the place to fly into and to get a car. (Though I've never flown to Maine from CA, Bangor might also have pretty direct flights, but then you'd have to head along the coast from there.)

The area south of Portland is flatter, so big rockless beaches....and very very touristy and crowded. Kennebunk/Kennebunkport is one of the towns....and the Bushes have made that a destination. It is the most crowded town/area I've ever been to in Maine.

There are smaller airports from Boston....but....they are a hassle, and involve extra , expensive flights. Freeport is an outlet town and hq of LL Bean, which has its outlet and HQ store there.....in summer the area is also very crowded, for several reasons, including that people use it as a staging area to drive to the more rural areas. When our kids were young, Julia Child was staying next to us in a Freeport motel we used for that purpose. She was very tall, and her voice unmistakable.

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#33 Post by Brent C l a y t o n » May 25th, 2018, 8:44 pm

I can’t really give you good local recs, but you may want to check out flying into Manchester NH and starting your run up the coast in Portsmouth.
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#34 Post by Jason Hagen » June 5th, 2018, 12:22 pm

Love Portland! Great food and people. My boss lives there so I am there a few times a year. Flying into Portland is great but I generally fly into Boston. Get a little Boston time and the drive up to Portland is nice. Depends on your airline. Of course Portland airport's security is ... ummm... last time, my employee made it through check in and security on my ticket.

And Bissell Brothers!

Not asking for these recs but Central Provisions and Novare Res Bier Cafe are a must.

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#35 Post by Jay $$ Winton » June 5th, 2018, 12:54 pm

There's a company out of Booth Bay that will boat you out to their private island and do a whole seafood bake including lobster. Really fun and you can BYOB. Someone here might know their name.
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#36 Post by Kevin McEvoy » July 12th, 2018, 11:35 am

My wife and I have been going to a small mid-coast town for years (New Harbor) and have tried a number of the recommendations listed above. I can heartily endorse Harraseeket (near Freeport - also the place I tried my first Whoopie Pie, a local speciality), Red's Eats (my vote for best lobster roll, although be prepared to wait), Five Islands, and Round Pond. The lobster pound in the town we stay in is called Shaw's, and you can pick the lobster out downstairs and the steam it and serve it upstairs. They have outside tables where you can BYOB (same at Round Pond) if you prefer, or have local Maine beer on tap. Rockland/Camden area is very pretty too, so maybe start in Portland for a couple of nights (explore towns south of Portland), then work your way up the coast to Rockland/Camden for a few more nights, exploring towns in between. You have to like driving, as the main road up the coast (US 1) can be slow in some areas in the summer.

Enjoy your trip - once you've had lobster in Maine, it never tastes the same anywhere else.

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#37 Post by Chris Blum » August 13th, 2018, 1:45 pm

After eating some form of lobster 8/9 days on our recent trip, I have to say there is one clear winner in my lobster roll derby....

Shannon’s Unshelled in Boothbay Harbor (just by the pedestrian bridge.) So sweet, and you get a nice side of slaw and chips thrown in.
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#38 Post by Steve L Gellman » August 13th, 2018, 3:17 pm

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After eating some form of lobster 8/9 days on our recent trip, I have to say there is one clear winner in my lobster roll derby....

Shannon’s Unshelled in Boothbay Harbor (just by the pedestrian bridge.) So sweet, and you get a nice side of slaw and chips thrown in.
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#39 Post by Chris Blum » August 13th, 2018, 3:49 pm

A bunch of places, but notibly Red’s and Bite Into Maine. I remember Red’s being better on my last trip.
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#40 Post by Paul Jaouen » August 15th, 2018, 6:02 am

Alan Rath wrote:
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Thurston’s, Bernard (Mt. Desert Island)
Everyone knows Thurston’s Lobster Pound (Steamboat Wharf Road, Bernard, 207-244-7600) is the best lobster spot on Mount Desert Island. The two-story, screened-in dining area is built on a wharf above lobster boat-clogged Bass Harbor in a classic fishing village. Because it caters not only to tourists but also to the island’s well-heeled summer residents, it’s quite a bit snazzier (perhaps pricier, too) than most lobster spots. Still, it’s an order-at-the-counter place – just be sure to read the rules before doing so.
This place was great! Not only terrific lobster but a good view over the water as well.

Red's was good but between the long line and the idiotic ordering/pick up process....not worth it.
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#41 Post by Steve L Gellman » August 15th, 2018, 6:59 am

Chauncey Creek has always been a favorite of mine. BYOB is a bonus

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#42 Post by c fu » August 15th, 2018, 3:08 pm

Bless you all for the updates. Gonna try and sneak in a trip at the end of August.
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#43 Post by c fu » September 14th, 2018, 10:38 am

ok! Trip set.

Booked a flight into Portland on October 1st - October 6th. Staying our first night in Portland as we fly in at midnight. My wife wants to stay in the Acadia National Park area (as she wants to do a lot of hiking/exploring).

I have a very rough plan. We drive up to the area in the morning. Stop at Red's for some rolls on the way up then maybe stop at Rockland/Camden (might reserve this for another day). Then head to wherever we're gonna stay for the next 4 nights. Definitely going to hit up Thurston's as we'll be staying in the "area".

Any recs for lobster spots in that general area? Willing to drive a bit if there's also other things to see (my wife is enamored by the coastline aspect).

Most importantly, any recs for where to stay in the National Park area? I see most places say to stay in Bay Harbor/ South Harbor. Open to hotels/B&Bs. Anywhere I can use my Citi Prestige 4th free night on so no Airbnb/vrbo
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#44 Post by Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow » September 14th, 2018, 10:53 am

You might want to consider diverting to Monhegan Island for a day or day and night. It's 15 miles out to sea, and reached by ferry on a peninsula (St. George) just south of Rockland. No roads. No cars. Great hiking and ocean vistas.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monhegan,_Maine
Monhegan has been painted by virtually all of the "great" American artists of the 19th and 20th centuries....the Wyeths, Rockwell Kent, Bellows, Henri, Homer, Hopper....and many many others.

It would be a much different experience than the touristy Red's Eats....and the Bar Harbor/Acadia area.....not that that area isn't nice...just...crowded and touristy much of the year. Lots of cruises stop there in the fall.

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Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow wrote:
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You might want to consider diverting to Monhegan Island for a day or day and night. It's 15 miles out to sea, and reached by ferry on a peninsula (St. George) just south of Rockland. No roads. No cars. Great hiking and ocean vistas.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monhegan,_Maine
Monhegan has been painted by virtually all of the "great" American artists of the 19th and 20th centuries....the Wyeths, Rockwell Kent, Bellows, Henri, Homer, Hopper....and many many others.

It would be a much different experience than the touristy Red's Eats....and the Bar Harbor/Acadia area.....not that that area isn't nice...just...crowded and touristy much of the year. Lots of cruises stop there in the fall.
Cool i'll recommend it to my wife! She was pretty dead set on spending the whole time at Acadia area, but I think it's mostly cause that's all she's read about. But you probably had her at "great hiking" :).
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#46 Post by Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow » September 14th, 2018, 11:27 am

Spectacular in the fall, I should add. And a lovely 1 hour ferry ride. (Don't go on a stormy day; it won't be a lovely on the boat.)

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#47 Post by David K o l i n » September 14th, 2018, 11:32 am

May want to check out the Asticou Inn. We did not stay there (but had a nice lunch on the property). Can't vouch for the rooms, but the Inn and public rooms are nice and it's beautifully sited near the water.
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#48 Post by Jeremy Holmes » September 16th, 2018, 9:10 pm

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I used to go to a conference every other year that was held in Maine, Vermont, or New Hampshire. I would always hit a couple of lobster shacks each time out. One word of warning: I love lobster. I mean love. But after eating it a couple of times, I'm usually ready for something else.

I keep a list of lobster shacks in my notes, though this is a little out of date by now. There are some things you can do in Maine, outside of eating lobster. Kittery, at the southern edge, is a big outlet center. Farther north is the town of Freeport, home of LL Bean (and also Thomas Moser furniture, beautiful stuff). I would probably try to fly in and out of Portland if connections are decent.

Harraseeket is a good one in Freeport. The Lobster Dock is great, with plenty of seating and good views, but a bit of a drive. You can check out most of the options for wherever you'll be from the writeups and links below (the Lonely Planet link doesn't work any more, but I included it anyway).


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Tucked away in a hidden harbor, nestled between two buildings, at the end of a pier, Maine's lobster shacks may be where you least expect them. Oh, sure, many visitors have heard of some of them - Red's Eats, Barnacle Billy's, The Clam Shack. But we think there are many, many more that far fewer have discovered. Some have been "exposed" by Travel + Leisure magazine's 2009 article, "10 Best Lobster Shacks in Maine", but many others are found only by a few who stumble across them, or are given directions and recommendations, by a sympathetic innkeeper or host.

Several years ago we created a map of Maine lobster shacks that remains one of our most popular links today. We'll be using that map, expanded and updated with photos where possible (many are our own photos - where that wasn't possible, we've included photos from the website of the lobster shack, if available, so apologies if any links end up broken due to moved photos).

The full map is below, and we'll be journeying from south to north up the Maine coast, with 19 lobster shacks to visit.

1. Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier, Kittery Point
Just across the Piscataqua River bridge from Portsmouth, NH, at Kittery Point, Maine, is Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier. They've been boiling and serving for over 50 years, and are well known by visitors and locals alike..

2. Shore Road Lobster
Off a back road, along the coast, in York, is a little red country store that serves excellent, fresh, and inexpensive, lobster and lobster rolls. There are a few picnic tables outside, as well as a small dining area inside. They don't have a website, but their reviews on TripAdvisor are glowing! We've tried it, and we loved it. Shore Road Lobster is only a short drive from Cape Neddick Lighthouse (the Nubble), so it made for a great afternoon for us!

3. Barnacle Billy's, Perkins Cove
Perkins Cove is, itself, a well-kept secret. A beautiful hidden cove, just down Shore Road from Ogunquit, appears almost magically, as you leave the world behind. Barnacle Billy's is an institution for those who've tried it, and a secret well-concealed from those who haven't. Enjoy a wonderful lobster dinner (or other great seafood meal) at the waters' edge, and just across the way is Goat Island Lighthouse - another gem rarely seen by visitors.

4. The Clam Shack, Kennebunkport
In beautiful Kennebunkport, on the bridge over the Kennebunk River, the Clam Shack is considered (along with Red's Eats) one of the best, if not the best, place for lobster rolls in the entire State of Maine. Eat outside and stroll along the bridge, enjoying the sights and sounds of the harbor and the town.

5. Nunan's Lobster Hut, Kennebunkport
Like the Clam Shack, Nunan's is a no-frills experience, that has been serving up the great red treat for over 50 years.

6. The Lobster Shack at Two Lights
Taking its name from the twin lighthouses across the road, the Lobster Shack at Two Lights sits atop a bluff, looking out at Casco Bay. Dress warmly if you visit, as the wind across the bluff can be fierce, but the views are as wonderful as the lobster! If you walk out the rocks below the lobster shack, on a clear day you can see Portland Head Lighthouse in the distance.

7. Days Crabmeat and Lobster, Yarmouth
Just along the side of US-1 as you pass from Yarmouth to Freeport is Days Crabmeat and Lobster. Not only can you eat at the takeout area, but this is one of the best places for lobster to take home (packed to travel) in the area.

8. Cindy's Clams, Freeport
Barely known outside of Freeport, Cindy's Clams has been recognized as having the very best clams (not to mention some pretty fair lobster). It's funky atmosphere and silly signs just makes dining at Cindy's more of a pleasure!

9. Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster, Freeport
Freeport's harbor is about a mile or so from its well-known shops, but most visitors find their way there to enjoy fresh, local, lobster, right off the boats. Eat outdoors or inside, you'll have a nice view of the harbor, and across to the lovely peninsula where Wolfe Neck State Park is located. Arrive early in the summer, as lines can be quite long.

10. Linda Bean's Perfect Maine Lobster Roll, various locations
Linda Bean is L.L. Bean's granddaughter, and has certainly inherited good business sense. Linda's lobster roll shops are in Freeport, Portland, Rockport, Port Clyde, not to mention Hull, Massachusetts and Delray Beach, Florida. She also has Linda Bean's Maine Kitchen and Topside Tavern in Freeport.

11. Estes Lobster House, Harpswell
Estes Lobster House has been serving lobster since 1947, but since it is at the tip of Harpswell Neck, it can be a bit off the beaten track for visitors. For example, the directions include "follow Route 123 until you come to the sea." Not surprisingly, you can also arrive at Estes Lobster House by boat, as the dock is just feet away. Harpswell is a classic lobstering town, so you're assured of the best and freshest seafood you can find!

12. Five Islands Lobster Co., Five Islands
Five Islands is located near the tip of Georgetown Island, along the Maine coast. The drive is beautiful, as you pass harbors and villages, then the entrance to lovely Reid State Park with its rocks and beaches. Five Islands is a hidden jewel, with lovely islands just offshore, and a lighthouse across the water. Lobster is served at picnic tables on the dock, so you can watch your supper being brought in by the lobster boats.

13. Lighthouse Lobster Shack, Wiscasset
Located at the relatively new Maine Heritage Village, the Lighthouse Lobster Shack is right along US-1. The lobster shack gets fresh lobster daily, so their seafood is always fresh.

14. Red's Eats, Wiscasset
Reds Eats in Wiscasset, like the Clam Shack in Kennebunkport, is a perennial nominee for the best lobster shack in the state. They do not have a website, but they finally did get a Facebook page (the link above is to their Facebook page). In the summer the lines for this pound-size lobster roll can stretch around the corner and down the walk near the river, as visitors wait to sample the delicious fare.

15. Trevette Country Store, Barter's Island
The Trevette Country Store doesn't have a website, but it certainly has its loyal customers! Just over the Barter's Island bridge, the store serves up lobster rolls said to be fabulous and inexpensive.

16. The Lobster Dock, Boothbay Harbor (went here from Gordon Conference, 2010, nice beach restaurant type place)
More a restaurant than a lobster shack, the Lobster Dock has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, and magnificent views of Boothbay Harbor. Watch your lobster slip into a big pot with an ear of corn, and wait for the succulent delight as your meal is served at a table on the deck overlooking the water. Mmmmmm!

17. Shaws Fish and Lobster Wharf, New Harbor
Located near Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, in New Harbor, Shaws is a perennial member of the Travel + Leisure "Top Ten" list. It is situated overlooking the beautiful harbor, where you can also take puffin watching or whale watching tours in this tiny coastal hideaway town.

18. Waterman's Beach Lobster, South Thomaston
Down the hill from the lovely town of Thomaston, Waterman's Beach Road leads to the water, and to Waterman's Beach Lobster. Over two decades of serving lobster has made this a local favorite, and, for those visitors who can find their way to it, a favorite of visitors as well.

19. Bagaduce Lunch, Brooksville
Other than its mention in Travel + Leisure, and lots of favorable online reviews, Bagaduce Lunch is another "best kept secret." With no website we can find, there are still loyal fans who post glowing reviews of the tiny lobster shack in the gorgeous Blue Hill area.

20. Thurston's Lobster Pound, Bass Harbor
Not far from Bar Harbor, but, once again, out of the mainstream, Thurston's is at Bass Harbor, not far from Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. Exploring this area is a real treat, and the beauty of the coast, the offshore islands, and the lighthouse can easily be rewarded with a treat of lobster at Thurstons.

No doubt there are others (certainly we haven't hit them all - yet!). Feel free to suggest your favorites in the comments!
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My favorite Maine lobster shacks
When I eat lobster, I take no prisoners. All that’s identifiable in the carnage left behind are the eyes, antennae, swimmeretes (those feathery appendages on the underside of the body), and dismembered carcass. Finished, I’m literally dripping in lobster juice and goo.
The only place for such a messy operation is a classic lobster shack, a sometimes rough-and-tumble operation that’s usually within sight and scent of the ocean.
I’ve dined at lobster outposts from Kittery to Eastport. Some serve only lobster, others a full menu ranging from hot dogs to blueberry pie.
I favor the in-the-rough, order-at-the-counter, eat-out-on-a-picnic-table shacks. These are usually pet friendly and often come with free entertainment: You can watch lobstermen unload their catch and refuel and restock their boats. No need to dress up – better to dress down so you can skip the bib. Another plus: Most allow you to bring the go-withs, from cheese and crackers to salads and rolls to wine and beer.
And remember that while lobster prices reflect market conditions, the farther you travel from the trappings of civilization and the deeper you get into bona fide lobstering territory, the fewer frills and the less costly the goods.

MY TOP CHOICE (s)
Round Pond Lobstermen’s Co-op, Round Pond
When given a choice, I opt for simplicity: If the joint does only one thing, there’s a better chance it’s doing it right. Take Round Pond Lobstermen’s Co-op (Round Pond Harbor, Bristol, Pemaquid Peninsula, 207-529-5725), a more-rustic-than-most spot overlooking a picture-postcard harbor. Buddy Poland serves lobster, steamers, corn-on-the-cob, and chips. Period. When he runs low on lobster, he saunters down the dock, climbs into his dingy, putt-putts out to a lobster car – that floating crate where the crustaceans are stored – and brings back reinforcements.

Muscongus Bay Lobster, Round Pond
For those who don’t like lobster, there’s Muscongus Bay Lobster (Round Pond Harbor, Bristol, Pemaquid Peninsula, 207-529-2251), a larger and wee bit fancier place with a bigger menu. I have friends who favor this spot not only because of the expanded choices – lobster and crab rolls, stews and chowders – but also because it has some sheltered tables, if the weather looks threatening. It also serves fresh Pemaquid oysters, which gives it points in my book. And it earns extra points for having a touch tank filled with all manner of slimy and spiky sea critters for the kids.

OTHER CHOICES
Chauncey Creek, Kittery Point
While those are the two shacks I frequent, there are plenty of others along the coast. Another classic is Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier (16 Chauncey Creek Road, Kittery Point, 207-439-1030), which overlooks tidal Chauncey Creek (prettier at high tide). Like Muscongus, it has both deck and sheltered seating (heated), all at brightly colored picnic tables. The menu has choices for landlubbers – chicken dinner, hot dog – as well as mussels, oysters, cherrystones, tuna roll, and even shrimp, but lobster is why folks come. Be forewarned: It can be very crowded, parking is a nightmare, and bug spray is a must.

Cape Pier Chowder House, Cape Porpoise
The scenery is top notch at the Cape Pier Chowder House (79 Pier Road, Cape Porpoise, Kennebunkport, 207-967-0123), which tops a pier in a traditional lobstering village. The views (bring binoculars) extend to Goat Island Light House. There’s inside seating, so it’s weatherproof, which gives it a longer season than most; it opens in April and goes to November. The menu has a lot more than lobster, and it’s open for breakfast on weekends.

Lobster Shack, Cape Elizabeth
If you’ve had enough of quaint fishing village vistas, head to The Lobster Shack (222 Two Lights Road, Cape Elizabeth, 207-799-1677). It has everything: rocky ledges, tide pools, crashing surf, a broad menu, dive-bombing seagulls, big-ocean views, and a lighthouse (with foghorn – avoid on a foggy day or bring earplugs). It’s a classic with frills: dining inside and out and a menu that includes sandwiches and fried seafood.

Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster, S. Freeport
Take a break from power shopping L.L. Bean’s and the outlets and head to Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster (Main Street, Town Wharf, South Freeport, 207-865-4349), a popular spot on the working harbor. Not much fussiness here; picnic tables on pavement and a tiny dining room are the seating options. The menu, however, is pretty extensive for a lobster joint. You can decide for yourself whether fried clams are better battered or breaded. BE FOREWARNED: In 2011, Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster began charging customers for water, which is outrageous. On one visit, the chowder served was barely warm and tasted as if it came from a can. It can do better, and so can you; go elsewhere (such as nearby Day’s, on Route 1, with seating behind overlooking a tidal estuary).

Five Islands, Georgetown
Five Islands (1447 Five Islands Road, Georgetown, 207-371-2990) tops a lot of lists for favorite lobster shack, and for good reasons. The setting is idyllic. It tips a finger of bridge-connected islands. Sit on the wharf – that’s the only choice – and watch sailboats play hide-and-seek amid the spruce-topped islands in the harbor and lobster boats chug to and fro pulling traps. The headliner is lobster, but there are plenty of other options, from chowder and fish ’n’ chips (hand-breaded) to burgers and chicken tenders. It earns points for making its own tartar and mustard dill sauces and cilantro mayo. You get the idea: These folks are passionate about their products.

Waterman’s Beach, S. Thomaston
No less an authority than the James Beard Foundation gave Waterman’s Beach Lobster (343 Waterman’s Beach Road, South Thomaston, 207-596-7819) an award for being an “American Classic.’’ Order at the window, then grab a picnic table overlooking a working pier and island-studded Mussel Ridge Channel. It doesn’t get much better than that. But it is tiny, and given such a big reputation, expect to wait. And do save room for the homemade pie.

Miller’s, Spruce Head
If the line’s too long, or you prefer something a bit more remote, segue over to nearby Miller’s Lobster Pound (Eagle Quarry Road, Spruce Head, 207-594-7406) on quiet Wheeler’s Bay. It’s on a working wharf, and if you time it right, you can watch lobster boats unload their catches. The emphasis is on lobster, but it serves other shellfish, hot dogs, and homemade pies, too. There is some sheltered seating. Beer and wine are served.

Fish House Fish, Monhegan Island
It doesn’t get much more in the rough than Fish House Fish: a fish shack on a beach on an island. Perfection! You can get boiled lobsters as well as lobster rolls, crab rolls, seafood stews and chowders, and even appetizers in the form of local smoked fish. Take it all to a picnic table on the beach, overlooking Monhegan’s lobsterboat-filled harbor, with Manana Island as a backdrop.

Perry’s, Surry
On a clear day, the views from Perry's lobster shack in surry, Maine, extend over the ocean to Mount Desert Island.Hilary Nangle photo.Way, way off the radar screen (and the highway) is Perry’ Long’s Lobster Shack (1076 Newbury Neck Road, Surry, 207-667-1955). It’s true to its name, with just a handful of picnic tables on a pier. The menu is limited; it serves lobsters, mussels, corn-on-the-cob, lobster rolls (1/4 pound premium lobster meat on a fresh, chewy bun), crab rolls, and—for the kiddos—corn dogs. And save room for the ice cream sandwiches made with farm-made ice cream (emphasis on cream) and homemade chocolate cookies. People come for those, alone. And the views? Over the ocean waters to Mount Desert Island.

Thurston’s, Bernard (Mt. Desert Island)
Everyone knows Thurston’s Lobster Pound (Steamboat Wharf Road, Bernard, 207-244-7600) is the best lobster spot on Mount Desert Island. The two-story, screened-in dining area is built on a wharf above lobster boat-clogged Bass Harbor in a classic fishing village. Because it caters not only to tourists but also to the island’s well-heeled summer residents, it’s quite a bit snazzier (perhaps pricier, too) than most lobster spots. Still, it’s an order-at-the-counter place – just be sure to read the rules before doing so.

Lunt’s Dockside Deli, Frenchboro Island
For the real deal, take the Bass Harbor Cruises lunch cruise to tiny Frenchboro, on Long Island, eight miles off Mount Desert Island, in Blue Hill Bay, for lunch at Lunt’s Dockside Deli (207-334-2902). Lunt’s is built on a working wharf over a harbor that’s filled with working boats, not yachts. En route, Captain Kim Strauss, who has been navigating these waters for more than 55 years, not only shares lobster lore, but also will haul up a trap or two and explain the whole process. And that knowledge makes you appreciate the critters even more.

Quoddy Bay Lobster, Eastport
You can't beat the view or the food at Quoddy Bay Lobster in Eastport, Maine. Hilary Nangle photoWhen the weather’s clear, there’s nothing finer than lobster at Quoddy Bay Lobster, in way, way downeast Eastport. Watch boats unload their catch, watch the tide change, and simply soak in the views over Passamaquoddy Bay. Heaven!


The 10 Best Lobster Shacks in Maine
Submitted by Susan on July 14, 2010 – 8:11 pm
Nothing says summer in New England better than lobster, and Maine serves up some of the juiciest claws, the tenderest tails, and the most overstuffed lobster rolls from seasonal shacks.
Adrien Glover and Peter Jon Lindberg, writing in the August 2010 issue of Travel+Leisure have come up with a list of the best lobster shacks in the state that claims a 3,500-mile coastline.
Here are their choices:
Five Islands Lobster Company, 1447 Five Islands Road, Georgetown, Maine
Waterman’s Beach Lobster, 343 Waterman’s Beach Road, South Thomaston, Maine
Shaw’s Fish & Lobster Wharf, 129 Route 32, New Harbor, Maine
Red’s Eats, 41 Water Street, Wiscasset, Maine
Morse Lobster at Estes Lobster House, 1906 Harpswell Neck Road, South Harpswell, Maine
Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster, 35 Main Street, South Freeport, Maine
Clam Shack, 2 Western Avenue (Route 9), Kennebunkport, Maine
Barnacle Billy’s, 50 & 70 Perkins Cove Road, Ogunquit, Maine
Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier, 16 Chauncey Creek Road, Kittery Point, Maine
Bagaduce Lunch, 145 Frank’s Flat, Penobscot, Maine
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Re: Maine Lobster Crawl

#49 Post by Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow » September 17th, 2018, 2:25 pm

And more places to visit on his trip.....at that rate he'd only consume 3 cases of Coche wines....Maybe Charlie can enlarge the list? [snort.gif]

maybe he'll need a break from whites....so..how bout a list of pizza places in Maine, suitable for Ponsot.

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#50 Post by c fu » September 18th, 2018, 11:06 am

I refuse to eat anything but shellfish!! 😭😭😭
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