Favorite Lobster Pounds
As I prepare for a clam and lobster trip up the New
England coast, I thought I'd open a thread on lobster
Besides the Sterns' well-known choices (Abbott's,
Nunan's, Two Lights, Beal's) and the ever-popular
Lobsterman's Coop and Robinson's in Boothbay Harbor,
my own very favorite is the Muscongus Bay pound at the
left rear of the parking lot at Round Pond, near
Pemaquid Point, Maine (the more distant of the two
establishments that share the lot, though, for all I
know, they may be under the same management). It's
simple, uncrowded, inexpensive, and, at least as of
last summer, nearly perfect for a casual outdoor meal
of steamers, lobster, and corn. You may, if you wish,
pick up beer, wine and/or bread in Damariscotta on the
way out. Shaw's pound nearby is also perfectly fine,
but somewhat overcrowded and touristy. For what it's
worth, one of the locals claimed that Pemaquid is the
optimal spot on the coast for trapping lobsters, due
to an abnormality of the Gulf Stream that makes its
waters especially chilly.
Any other suggestions?
You got it right the first time. For summa 2000, you can do no betta than Muscongus Bay right behind Round Pond Inn. The building is an architectural atrocity, but the lobsta is the best! There's another sort of log cabin place off the beaten path in Bristol or Pemaquid. That's very good, too.
As for Shaw's and Robinson's, they're OK; but they sell t-shirts with their logos on them. Enough said. But if you like that kind of thing, Spinney's at Fort Popham is thick with local color.
While we're on the subject, does Kob's Lobster Pound down to Belfast/Searsport still exist?
I don't know Kob's. How far from Belfast is it? Belfast has Young's, it's been there for years. And
speaking of Belfast, PBS will have a 4 hour documentary on the town this Friday. (Check your local listing for
time!) It won't shown on our station in St. Louis but my New York family will tape for me. p.
Our favorite Lobster pound in all of Maine is "Trenton Bridge". I understand they have a permit to trap in the deep waters off Mt Desert Isle, and we've found every season we've been, their lobsters have been better than the other pounds, hands down. They are a traditional roadside type, right at the bridge going to Mt. Desert Isle. An original old style lobster shack with additional outside tables, and wood-fired pots right out in front, a real traditional "No Nonsence" operation. Few options are offered, however, their blueberry pie slices were outstanding last year, hopfully they will be selling the same this season, (don't bother with the corn on the cob unless it's in season, but you don't need a degree to figure that out)
Young's Lobster Pound in Belfast and Harraseekit (sp?)
Lunch and Lobster on the water in Freeport. The former
is an old old fave and the latter is a terrific place
for lunch after you've exhausted your pocketbook at
L.L. Bean. You can eat your lobster there or take it
away. Lots of other good food in a typical dockside
re: pat hammond
I second the suggestion of Harrakeesett Lunch in
Freeport. The by-the-water setting is nice, and one
can purchase a lobster without corn, cole slaw, etc.,
which is nice, and the homemade desserts are good. The
Lobster Shack in Two Lights State Park (Cape Elizabeth,
ME) has a wonderful setting, right on that (little)
cliff next to the ocean, although I think the lobster
dinners there aren't fantastic.