Lobster, How I Love Thee. Let Me Count The Ways

When you visit Maine, most people have to eat the state’s best known food – Lobster (unless, unfortunately you happen to be allergic to shellfish). I spent some of my childhood in Maine & have fond memories of eating the delicious crustacean. Mostly, we got to eat it whenever company came to visit from “away”. We were fortunate to live in a small village in Down East Maine that enabled my Dad to drive to a nearby beach to meet the lobstermen as they came back to shore with their daily catch. It didn’t get any fresher that that. It was the early 1960’s and prices were cheap – $15/bushel for lobster, $10/bushel for crabs and $5/bushel for clams! My mother would make homemade potato salad, coleslaw, fresh corn on the cob and fresh baked rolls with homemade jam to round out the feast.

Fast forward to today. I love lobster, but know it’s not something Mainers eat every day. My husband however, is a fanatic about eating lobster anytime we visit Maine. He eats it in some form almost every day we are there. He will eat lobster in whatever form is on the menu – Lobster Benedict at breakfast, lobster mac ‘n cheese, lobster pot pie, bisque, chowder, stew, Lobster Nicoise Salad, Lobster Fried Rice, Lobster Risotto, Lobster Pizza, Lobster crepe (take a look at all these photos) –  but he seems to have a personal goal to try every lobster roll in the state.

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Lobster Roll, Red’s Eats, Wiscasset

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Lobster Benedict, Camden Harbor Inn

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Lobster Benedict, La Bella Vita, Harborside Resort, Bar Harbor

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Lobster Stew, Jordan Pond House, Acadia National Park

And yet somehow, he had never experienced eating a whole boiled Maine lobster. We did try to go to two lobster pounds before going on Mount Desert Island when we made our first trip in 2013. The first one was already closed for the season and we were ignored at the second one. That night he settled for a lobster roll with all the sides and blueberry pie at West Street Cafe. (A very good deal, by the way.)

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Lobster Roll Dinner. West Street Cafe, Bar Harbor

When visiting his sister in Solon in 2016, her hubby offered to cook us a traditional Maine lobster dinner.  When the lobster was placed in front of my husband, he proceeded to pick the whole thing up and attempt to bite the tail with the shell still on! Despite gales of hysterical laughter, we did stop him from breaking a tooth. Instructions followed and he enjoyed his first whole lobster.

Alas, he still prefers lobster rolls.

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Lobster Crepes. Maine Dining Room, Harraseeket Inn, Freeport

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Lobster Nicoise Salad, Jordan Pond House

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Lobster Benedict w/o English Muffin, Lighthouse Restaurant, Seal Harbor

 

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Lobster Fried Rice, Fresh, Camden

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Slice of Lobster Pizza, Blaze, Bar Harbor

 

 

 

About J. Matlock

Jeanette's wanderlust started as an Air Force brat crisscrossing the US visiting almost every state. Writing has always been a part of her life. While earning a BA in Journalism from the University of Central Florida, Jeanette found photography was the perfect compliment to writing. She is always on the outlook for what she calls "Right Time, Right Place" photographs that capture a once-in-a- lifetime moment. Her adult travels have taken her to Scotland, England, France, Switzerland and all over the US and she continues to crave going to places to experience adventure, great food and lifestyles. She has written travel journals for the web site IGOUGO.com to share her experiences to guide and encourage other travelers. Her descriptive writing style makes one feel as if they are there sharing the experience. Her love of writing is based on this simple truth: "When I am writing, I know that I am doing the thing I was born to do." (Anne Sexton).
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2 Responses to Lobster, How I Love Thee. Let Me Count The Ways

  1. Of all the lobster dishes pictured in this blog post, which did you, or your husband, like best? Have you tried the lobster macaroni and cheese at Sidestreet Cafe in Bar Harbor at all? We just discovered Harraseeket Inn, but didn’t have a chance to try out the lobster crepes. Next time!

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    • J. Matlock says:

      My husband’s favorites would be the lobster roll dinner at West Street followed by the Lobster Pot Pie at the Reading Room. The lobster roll at Red’s and the Lobster Stew at Jordan Pond House are my favorites. We have not been to Sidestreet Cafe, but will give it a try the next time we are there.

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