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Portland -- Real road food / lobster shack

rluczak Aug 14, 2006 08:56 PM

Hi -- Heading into Portland on a moto ride and looking for a real road food / lobster shack for lunch on a Sat. Any thoughts?

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    kim foodie RE: rluczak Aug 14, 2006 09:11 PM

    The BEST lobster rolls I ever had were in Bangor at a roadside shack called "McLaughlin's". I highly recommend taking the extra drive up to Bangor.

    The rolls are so fresh, and they grill them with a little bit of butter. The lobster meat is super sweet and fresh, and they dress it with a little bit of mayo, salt/pepper. No cucumber, pickles, or celary garbage added! It's the best! I would drive all the way from NJ to get them!!

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    1. re: kim foodie
      irwin RE: kim foodie Aug 15, 2006 08:58 PM

      I totally disagree.... Sorry....
      McLaughlin's is good but certainly not good enough to drive for hours. In Bangor, Captain Nick's has a bigger and better Lobster roll, and I think for less money. Neither of these places are fishermen, but Portland has Lobster Rolls sold on Commercial Street by fisherman or Lobster Houses that caught the Lobsters that day......

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      jackattack RE: rluczak Aug 14, 2006 10:32 PM

      Heading in from where....the south....the west?

      1. bigmackdaddy RE: rluczak Aug 14, 2006 10:42 PM

        Bangor is North. You have to take I-95N for a couple of hours. You might also want to stop at the Clam Shack in Kennebunk along the way. Great fried clams and lobster rolls.

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          Karl S RE: bigmackdaddy Aug 15, 2006 09:36 PM

          Uh, Kennebunk is the opposite direction from Portland from Bangor....

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            bigmackdaddy RE: Karl S Aug 15, 2006 10:25 PM

            So it is. My bad.

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          jakesmum RE: rluczak Aug 15, 2006 01:08 AM

          If you come from the North a place on 201 between Augusta and Waterville called Red Barn. It has all the typical "Fried Baskets of Food", however, the lobster roll is worth a drive. Also, if you are coming from the North, Ken's on 201 in Skowhegan has the best lobster stew. Order a small if you want dessert.

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            rluczak RE: rluczak Aug 15, 2006 09:49 AM

            Thanks -- heading in due East on Route 25 from Sugar Hill, NH

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              tastinglife RE: rluczak Aug 16, 2006 04:32 AM

              For road food in Portland, try Becky's diner. Good, traditional New England foods... boston baked beans, chowder, blueberry pancakes and fresh baked muffins... www.beckysdiner.com

              For the best lobster roll you're going to have to ride about 45 miles north of Portland to Red's Eats in Wiscasset (Route 1). It's a small New England style seafood shack that serves up a phenomenal hot buttered (no mayo/celery here) lobster roll with plenty of fresh lobster meat on a grilled hotdog bun.

              If you feel like riding 45 minutes in the opposite direction, Chauncey Creek Lobster Pound in Kittery Point is a great bet for lobsters in the rough. You can bring anything that they don't serve (including beer and wine) to accompany your lobster. Dining is at picnic tables on a deck that borders the creek, with granite and pines lining the other side.

              If you go down to Chauncey Creek, hit Browns Ice Cream in York for dessert on the way back!

              I'm getting hungry just writing this.


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                mattrapp RE: tastinglife Aug 18, 2006 03:13 PM

                I'll second the Chauncey Creek Lobster Pound! We do a ride each year from Ohio, and it is always one of our stops. Great atmosphere and the clams are fantastic also. The ride out to the place is also really pretty(pack for cold evening riding.).

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                  rluczak RE: tastinglife Aug 20, 2006 12:03 PM

                  We made the 150 mile trek from NH to Wiscasset to Red's based on your feedback. Traffic in Maine on a Sat morning was HELLACIOUS but we finally arrived at 1PM and the line stretched around the shack and out to the bridge -- the wait was 1 hr, 10 min's. Was not disappointed though -- the lobster roll was fantastic and the fried clams were the largest I ever had. A fun (if not long and circuitous!) trip to the best lobster roll in Maine. Thanks for all the insights, all the other places have been put on my "Must Visit" list for my next moto trip to Maine!

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                    tastinglife RE: rluczak Aug 25, 2006 12:28 AM

                    Glad you enjoyed it. I guess I should have warned you about the lines!

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                      rluczak RE: tastinglife Aug 25, 2006 11:31 AM

                      BTW -- here's the post on AdvRider (a moto site) with some great pics and vid (including of the eats!) courtesy of my friend Nick . . .


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                  seacruze RE: rluczak Aug 16, 2006 08:16 PM

                  If you are coming to Portland,then you need to eat at The Lobster Shack at Two Lights in Cape Elizabeth. Two Lights is the lighthouse at the end of the cape. Great lobster rolls. Dining is on picnic tables overlooking the sea. Take Rt.77 out through Cape Elizabeth to Two Lights road and follow that to the end.

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                    irwin RE: seacruze Aug 18, 2006 03:06 PM

                    Sorry Seacruze, but The lobster Shack is just OK... Great view, but food is just ok at best. Harroseeket, Portland Lobster, and Becky's is a much better lobster roll, and for less money.

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                      checkman RE: irwin Aug 20, 2006 08:54 PM

                      I would second The Lobster Shack... it seems to me that there is another good restaurant out that way too but I can't remember the name and I'm on vacation and my good Maine guidebook is at home.

                      Portland Lobster is fine, and a lot more convenient than driving all the way to Wiscasset on a Saturday morning, but don't expect a great lobster roll. I ate there earlier this summer and was disappointed in both the size and the texture (although others in my party who ordered other things were happy.)

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                        Afikoman RE: checkman Aug 23, 2006 12:36 AM

                        Are you thinking of The Good Table?

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                          checkman RE: Afikoman Aug 23, 2006 07:17 PM

                          Yes, that's the one! Haven't been there this summer, is it still worth recommending?

                      2. re: irwin
                        jackattack RE: irwin Aug 25, 2006 01:19 AM

                        If you think the food at the lobster shack is "just okay", then you have never had their fresh crabmeat roll!

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