TOP 5 LOBSTER ROLLS IN MAINE
Now that summer’s here, it’s the perfect time to take a closer look at that iconic Maine treat- the lobster roll. I’m counting down my top 5, and I’d love to hear about yours!
5. FIVE ISLANDS LOBSTER COMPANY, GEORGETOWN
Grab a picnic table and enjoy the lovely view of Sheepscot Bay. Your luscious lobster roll will come mixed with a touch of mayo and a lettuce leaf to line the bun. Leave plenty of room for some rich Annabelle’s Ice Cream, served in the “Ice Cream Building”.
4. THE CLAM SHACK, KENNEBUNK
As previously noted in MaineToday, my #4 choice is a 2012 and 2013 winner at NYC’s Lobster Roll Rumble. It’s unique round shape sets it apart from traditional lobster rolls served in hot dog buns. You can have your roll with your choice of mayo or butter. Located on the bridge, it’s take-out only. However, there are picnic tables nearby.
3. BOOTHBAY LOBSTER WHARF, BOOTHBAY HARBOR
Situated on a charming wharf, Boothbay Lobster Wharf offers a casual dining experience and a succulent lobster roll. I love the fact that purists like me can ask to hold the mayo, while mayo lovers can have it their way. My first lobster roll here was ransacked by a seagull (my stupid fault for turning my back), and I honestly can’t blame him a bit for wanting it. What I don’t understand is why he flew away with my bag of chips!
2. THE LOBSTER SHACK AT TWO LIGHTS, CAPE ELIZABETH
Located below the Two Lights Lighthouse, this award-winning Cape Elizabeth landmark has a spectacular ocean view that’s hard to beat. As featured on Travel Channel’s Man v. Food, this lobster roll usually comes topped with a dollop of mayo, a pickle and paprika, but purists can ask for theirs without. You can dine indoors or sit at the picnic benches overlooking the crashing waves. Don’t forget a side order of thin, crispy onion rings!
1. RED’S EATS, WISCASSET
Undoubtedly one of the most famous lobster rolls in Maine, you’ll find Red’s Eats at the foot of the bridge. My advice is to get there early, before they open, to avoid the long lines. If you do get stuck, though, I promise you that the wait is well worth it. I’m talking about what must be at least a pound of pure, sweet claw and tail meat piled so high you WILL need a fork to eat it (check out the photo of it at the top of this post!). They also give you wet wipes, and yes, you WILL need those, too! To me, this is perfection - no frills, nothing extra on it, and served with a friendly smile. You can get your mayo and butter on the side to customize your roll. Then get a seat at one of the round tables, grab your fork and prepare for a divine and decadent experience! If you have room, share some tasty sweet potato fries with a cool, chunky, creamy blue cheese dipping sauce that is to die for.
I hope this gives you an idea of what Maine is all about during this time of year - great lobster and a gorgeous view of the water. Summer doesn’t get any better than this!