I always thought it would be the coolest thing to just wake up in the morning, pick a random place on the map, and then just go. I would have a passport full of stamps and live out of a suitcase wearing the same pair of cut up jean shorts and long unwashed curly hair. Half my family would think I was crazy and the other half would say, wow that girl really knows how to live. But then reality hits me and I decide that there are these things called obligations. You know… jobs, family, two dogs and a cat. Oh yeah and money. Or should I say, lack there of. Because last I checked, Spanish moss is about all that grows on trees around here.
But luckily for me, I have husband who likes to indulge me and in June took the family to Maine. And it was wonderful. Wildflowers for as far as you can see, hiking for miles up cliffs, boat tours to see puffins and seals, and lobster rolls for days. So I decided to give a quick review of the lobster rolls we ate along the way:
6. C Ray’s – Bar Harbor – off Route 3:
This spot has good customer service and it was fun to watch the cooks out back. There are plenty of picnic tables out front but not a view. The rolls are tasty rolls but was just not our favorite. We both thought it could use some extra flavor. Comes with chips and a pickle for around $17.
5. Red’s Eats – Wiscasset – off Route 1:
This would be rated last for me but Will ranked it one spot higher because he liked that it had an abundance of lobster meat piled on (to the point that you couldn’t even see the bread!) It’s prepared simply with melted butter with no frills or extra ingredients. The wait for this place was soooooo long. Customer service was pretty lousy too. Not worth the wait, trouble finding parking, and crotchety lady who takes your order. Especially when there are better rolls right up the road. Does not come with any sides and is around $18.
4. Bagaduce’s Lunch – Brooksville (Penobscot area):
This was off the beaten path but not too far of a detour from Route 1. Nice views of the Bagaduce river with just a handful of picnic tables. Not sure if it was the fact that it was a week day or because its not directly off the hwy, but we were the only one there, So we got our food really quick and had the place to ourselves! Served on a basic, untoasted long hot dog style roll but the lobster meat had great flavor. Could of had more lobster on the roll for the price that we paid but otherwise we felt this was worth the detour through fields of wildflowers for this little gem. Served with chips for around $19
3. McGaughlin’s – Lincolnville – Route 1:
This roll was a bit more pricey at $21 but came with fries and coleslaw. It’s mayo based and has a great flavor! This one had the meat from the lobster legs also in the roll which was different but I didn’t mind it. Served on a simple hot dog style bun. Picnic tables with a good view or just a short 5 minute drive to Camden to enjoy your roll at the State Park like we did.
2. Bite into ME – Fort Williams Park in Portland:
This place is awesome! Actually a food truck but it takes permanent residence at Fort Williams Park, which is home to Portland Head Lighthouse. So you can eat your roll and do some sightseeing at the same time. They prepare their lobster rolls 5 different ways including the original Maine style (mayo and chives), curry style, and even a wasabi style. Served on a lightly buttered and toasted roll, which was the only place we ate at that put some time into the bun too and made the roll extra tasty! One roll is $18 and does not come with any sides.
1. Young’s Lobster Pound – Belfast – on Route 1:
Voted favorite by both of us. Perfect flavoring with a nice heaping portion of lobster. Served with lettuce on a sesame seed hamburger style bun (the only roll we had served like this). The spot is really nice, on the water and you can watch the lobster boats come in and unload/sort the live lobster! Comes with chips and a pickle for around $18. The staff was friendly and tons of outdoor/indoor seating.
Can’t wait to go back and try some more spots. Anyone else have any good spots in coastal Maine to find a lobster roll??
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