After last year's trip to Cape Cod, we decided to spend more time exploring New England this summer and decided on Maine and were so glad we did. The natural beauty of the state is astounding and made us determined to return at some point in the future. It also afforded us the opportunity to eat as much lobster as we could! Read on for my lobster shack recommendations.
Our first lobster stop on the trip was Red's Eats in Wiscasset. Here, after a very long wait where we were offered watermelon, fried shrimp, parasols and ice water to make us feel more comfortable in the heat, we enjoyed a delicious lobster roll with drawn butter. This is definitely my favourite way to eat lobster. The roll was crammed full of lobster meat, and the gluten-free options definitely made me happy. We liked this so much that we returned on our way back from Down East Maine.
Our favourite lobster shack was Thurston's Lobster Pound on Mount Desert Island. In the sun the view is hard to beat and the lobster, which is amazingly fresh, retains a wonderful sweetness that is so easily lost in cooking. I can't recommend this enough as a lunch stop, especially if you're planning on spending the afternoon at nearby Eagle Lake Beach. The pound also has a bar which is great for sundowners.
Closer to Bass Harbor, I'd recommend the Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound. Here you can pick your live lobster before it's cooked or eat delicious steamed clams at picnic tables outside, though these are enclosed in a open-sided tent (which can be zipped shut for colder days). We chose the lobster sandwich which was served on very soft, very delicious white bread. The lobster meat again was succulent and fresh. Definitely worth the stop!
What are your Maine lobster recommendations?
For some more New England lobster recommendations, check last year's post here.