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Lobster Roll and other good eats in Boothbay Harbor and Portland

I am taking a trip to the Boothbay Harbor and Portland areas later this summer. I was hoping someone could make a recommendation on a great lobster roll. I don't want one with the mayo, just pure lobster, butter, and on a hotdog roll. If you have any other suggestions on restaurants (besides a lobster roll) that would be great. Ice Cream too!

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  1. Best lobster Roll I have had was actually between Boothbay and Portland, just before going over the Wiscasset bridge on rt1 heading north its on the left called Reds, its a small shack and the lobster rolls are 12 bucks but the value is amazing jam packed with claws and tail meat.

    On the ice cream part look up a place called Smiling Hill Farms, it out near Westbrook on outer congress street (rt 25). They are a complete production from the cows to the final product everything is all natural and a fresh as you can get,

    1. I second the vote for Reds - but the price seems to have gone up to $15 per roll just in time for the summer tourist season. It's worth it - you get what appears to be the meat of an entire lobster - with a susbtantial tail and claws, and no filler - on a fresh hot dog roll that reminds me of the type they used to have at Nedick's in NYC. You can get either mayo or melted (not sure that it's drawn, so let's say melted) butter on the side.


      1. I really love The Lobster Dock in Boothbay Harbor. It's located across the harbor from the dense, touristy part of town. Haven't had their lobster roll, but everything else I've had there has consistently been fabulous. Their menu says you can have it either way, mayo or hot/buttered. You can check them out here:


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        1. re: Science Chick

          Second the post on the lobster dock. Mitch's hot lobster roll is definitely the way to go. Skip the traffic and lines at Red's.

        2. I like Andrew's Harborside for dinner in Boothbay....and if you're looking for ice cream, the Boothbay ice Cream Factory is gonna be your home-away-from-home! Yeah!!!!

          1. Bet's Famous Fish Fry in Boothbay, en route down to the harbor. It's not much more than a trailer and all Bet fries is haddock or cod, but one sandwich is more than a pound of fish, hand-breaded. She makes all her sauces by hand, too.



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            1. re: Grayhound

              I love Bet's! The best fish sandwich ever. I hope to be able to go there this week while I spend a week camping and real estate hunting in mid-coastal Maine.

            2. We always go to Shaw's Lobster Pound in New Harbor(just North of Damariscotta,one town North of Boothbay.).
              Boothbay is too crowded for us and too "touristy" if you know what I mean.
              New Harbor is a working waterfront with lobster boats coming and going,loading and unloading.
              The lobster rolls at Shaw's are full of lobster meat,not filler,and you can sit on their outside patio and watch the workings of a real lobsterman's port.
              There is virtually no mayo in their rolls.
              Last year the rolls were $13.95.
              I'm sure the price is up a bit this year.
              Another fun spot is the Sea Gull Shop at Pemaquid Point.
              The views from the lighthouse next door are great,the Sea Gull Shop serves a really good lobster roll also but it has more mayo than you might like.
              The Sea Gull Shop also serves Lobster omlets and crab omlets for breakfast which are great!

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              1. re: catnip

                I would definitely second Shaw's, but it might be too far out of the way for you.
                For my money (and I've said it before in other postings) the best lobster roll in Maine can be had at the Boothbay Lobsterman's Co-op, on the wharf on the east side of Boothbay Harbor. I agree with Catnip that Boothbay Harbor in the summer is crowded and touristy, but the lobster at the Co-op is worth the traffic. You can eat inside or out on the dock, very authentic experience. Don't feed the seagulls.

              2. I have been going to Shaw's several times yearly for the past 25+ years. (used to be called something else that slips my mind). Anyway, the lobster, steamers, onion rings, fried shrimp roll are all good choices. The chowder is horrible, i mean plain old bad that ive thrown it out the last 2 times i got it. (thought the 1st time was a fluke and tried again)
                Also stay away from any of the baked/broiled fish dishes and any of the meat choices.

                I have only got icecream at the seagull shop. We stay walking distance from there.

                1. Go early (like 6pm) and get on line at Fore Street in Portland. A little pricey, but worth the wait for the best restaurant north of Boston.

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                  1. re: dmiyake

                    I guess you haven't been to Portsmouth New Hampshire! Give it a try... I think you will not be able to say that Fore Street is the best north of Boston!!!!!!

                    1. re: irwin

                      Thanks for all the info, we're going to Boothbay shortly.

                      1. re: PJinNH

                        Again or for the first time? Lol! Since you just revived your own year old OP. Obtw, don't forget Bet's Fish Fry!