Posts tagged ‘maine’

September 27, 2011

Lobster…and more lobster

Lobster!

 

I like lobster.  On a recent trip back east to Maine for a wedding, i just couldn’t get enough of the stuff.  Out here in Oregon, we don’t get lobster much, so it’s pretty much a delicacy to me.  In the months leading up to our trip, I started my research.  I was going to get my fill of lobster in every way I could.  I wanted it fresh.  I wanted it cooked to order.  I wanted it in a roll.  I wanted it any which way I could get it…and get it I did!

In Portland, Maine, Margie and I wandered down to the waterfront in search of fresh lobster from Three Sons Lobster & Fish for some fresh from the boat lobster action.  This place did not disappoint.  We walked down the grimey, working wharf and into the warehouse dock.  Tanks of salty water greeted us along with a chalkboard menu of the day’s catch.  There were lots of things on the menu, but I only saw lobster.  After pleading my rookie-ness to the employees, they directed me to a nice 1.8 pound lobster that they pulled from one of the many tanks. It was a quick introduction, as I did not have anything to say, but “he’ll do.”   20 minutes later the lobster was properly steamed and ready for its butter bath.  Really, there is nothing better that comes from the sea, than lobster and melted butter.

 

 

Looking for a little variety in my lobster diet, I was directed to Red’s Eats, in Wiscasset, ME.  This is not a fancy place by any stretch of the imagination.  It’s is simply a roadside stand with the best lobster roll I have ever had.  If you don’t believe me on that, there are plenty of other’s that will back me up.  Red’s consistently gets voted the state’s top lobster roll.  This was a MUST STOP on our drive from Portland to Bar Harbor.

Lobster rolls traditionally come is some sort of bun (usually those silly east coast top cut hot dog buns), fresh chunk lobster meat, and a mayonnaise base sauce, sometimes with celery.  Red’s is something different though.  Their simplicity is admirable.  Their lobster roll is not only humungous in size (over a whole lobster is packed in it), but comes with the choice of the mayo sauce or melted butter.  Now what do you think I picked?  Darn right….melted butter!!!   I don’t think I could have it any other way after this.  This was THE PERFECT LOBSTER ROLL.

Red's Eats lobster roll

 

Overall, I could not have asked for anything better with our Lobsterfest Tour this summer in Maine.  The lobster and the wedding (the real reason we went to Maine) were both amazing.  If you are ever in Maine, try either of these places and you will not be disappointed.

All this lobster talk has now made me crave it again.  Mmmm.

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