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Oysters on the half-shell, Downeast Maine,North of Ellsworth

ecipenny May 27, 2007 11:42 AM

I'm traveling to Maine for the second time and will be staying near Steuben. What are the best and closest places to get oysters on the half-shell?

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    hot tamale May 28, 2007 07:33 PM

    I have been going to Maine for many years and have not seen oysters served fresh at all. If I have missed that, I wish someone would enlighten me. .

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    1. re: hot tamale
      mjp81 May 28, 2007 08:12 PM

      I've had them at Street and Co. in Portland and seen them at Scales when they were open so oysters do exists in Maine.

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        LJNew May 28, 2007 08:15 PM

        We enjoyed fresh oysters at J's Oyster Bar, down near the water and the old port area in Portland.

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          HDinCentralME May 30, 2007 06:48 PM

          Also a great raw bar at Old Port Seagrill, Portland.

        2. Harp00n May 28, 2007 09:40 PM

          Here's an invaluable link that I just stumbled across by Googleing. It's from the Maine Dept. of Marine Resources (DMR) and lists every Maine Certified shellfish dealer in the State with addresses & phone numers. Believe me, I'll be bookmarking this one for myself.

          Here's the link;


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          1. re: Harp00n
            ecipenny May 30, 2007 02:48 PM

            Portland is far from the downeast area and I'm looking to get them out at a raw bar etc. Doesn't have to be fancy and a good wine or cold beer helps but is not necessary. I'm not great at shucking my own so.....

            1. re: ecipenny
              Passadumkeg May 30, 2007 04:48 PM

              Do you mean east of Ellsworth, as in down east (look at a map)? Downeast from Ellsworth is Washington County, one of thew poorest counties in the entire US where oysters on the half shell are less common than Tiffany glass. The Crocker House in Hancock or Bar Harbor are your best bets.
              Oyster Junkie in Withdrawl in Ellsworth
              PS There is an oyster farm somewhere between Waldoboro and Damarescotta.

              1. re: Passadumkeg
                HDinCentralME May 30, 2007 06:51 PM

                "PS There is an oyster farm somewhere between Waldoboro and Damarescotta."

                There is Glidden Point Oyster Farm in Edgecomb

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                  Harp00n May 30, 2007 07:05 PM

                  Thanks for the link. This place is great, been there several times.


              2. re: ecipenny
                Harp00n May 30, 2007 04:53 PM

                I want to be kind here, I really, really do. But you obviously don't have a clue what the link I supplied is comprised of. This listing runs from Eastport, that's what we call "way down East", to Kittery at the N.H. borders. Where your "Portland" reference comes from is beyond me. Some of the dealers are only wholesaler, most do both. a lot will cook or shuck for you and let you eat 'em there. That's a "real" raw bar. There's a fair share of dealers on this list who also have full-blown seafood restaurants. FYI :-))

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