Lobster in Maine from a Manhattan p.o.v. [moved from Manhattan board]
I'm hoping to spend a week up somewhere in Maine, eating lobster. Although I'll ask the New England people too, from a Manhattan point of view, what are any opinions of lobster so great that it would make sense to stay in that particular town?
Mabel's Lobster Claw in Kennebunkport is great. My family lives there now and we go anytime I go up to visit. The seafood bake is not to be missed! Not to mention that it's just a gorgeous little town. Only 45 minutes south of Portland airport as well.
In Boothbay Harbor at the wharf, you can sit on the dock, watch the lobstermen bring in their catch, pick your fresh lobster from their tank, and then wait 20 minutes for it to cook. There are also several good restaurants in town that serve lobster, and the terrific ice cream factory for an after dinner treat.
It's also not much of a drive to Red's Eats....famous for the freshest lobster roll in the state (do a google).
Red's has the rep, but not the best lobster roll. After some severe sampling this summer I think that Sarah's Cafe across the street from Red's blows Red's away. It's bigger, cheaper, and has better roll, obviously homemade and toasted all crispy outside and inside, and every order is made fresh, sometimes you have to wait a bit for more lobsters to cook up.
Well, we all know how subjective the term "best" is. I've heard several chowhounders complain about the over-mayo'd Sarah's lobster roll, and real connosieurs think that a grilled Nissen hotdog bun is the only kind of bread that a lobster roll should be served in. To each his own! When you've been number one for as long as Red's has been, there's no where to go but down. Reds set a new standard for the lobster roll as far as I'm concerned, and Red's deserves its reputation. If others come up with a better roll, more power to them, but let's remember that the Red's Lobster Roll set up the challenge. . The hamburgers are also exceptional.
RED'S EVERYTIME!!! a maine lobster roll should probably not have mayo- sorry... sara's is fine for thick crust pizza, their "mattie" (sort of like calzones with more breading and less cheese and no sauce) can be fine, soups and salads ok, but the lobster roll is so meh compared to the unstoppable Red's. even sea basket has a better lobster roll than sara's, mayo, strange bun, and all... and the nissen roll is SO right at red's- red's cooks the lobster meat so perfectly, so fresh, cold, crisp, briney, perfect, barely needs the drawn butter. i could easily eat 2 red's lobster rolls right now...
"a Maine lobster roll should probably not have mayo- sorry"
Where does that pronouncement rest on any basis of reality?
A traditional Maine lobster roll always came with mayo, and far and away, most still do. The only points for argument on that basic fact is how much mayo and whether you can live with a minimum amount of lettuce (I can but rather not) and whether diced celery has any place in a roll.(it doesn't on mine) Any other pronouncements regards the innards is purely "away" revisionism,
Poonstah! If yah a real Maineah, you don't want that yuppie mayo w/ ya lobstah roll, for the real downeast flavah, Miracle Whip is the real deal.
About to head out to Ruth and Whimpies for a meat loaf sandwhich with mashed potatoes with a side of canned corn and bread pudding for dessert. Wicked good!
As hargua stated, Piccadilly's a chain, as you know. But they do a surprisingly good job on seafood and the setting overlooking the lake is nice. Kennedy's does well with seafood but no fried clams except on specials. Halfway doesn't offer fried clams either but does a great job on steamers in beer & garlic. The Riverview Restaurant & Bar is in the brand new Hudson Portuguese Club complex. The menu, including the seafood but not fried clams, looks terrific but I haven't been there as of yet. Beat me there! http://www.riverviewhpc.com/restauran...
All the others places offer fullbelly clams and all do a good job with them.
The Riverview Restaurant & Bar
13 Port St, Hudson, MA 01749
Hudson Dairy Joy
418 Main St, Hudson, MA 01749
Piccadilly Pub Restaurant
587 Bolton St, Marlborough, MA 01752
Coral Seafood Restaurant
29 S Bolton St, Marlborough, MA 01752
149 Turnpike Rd, Westborough, MA 01581
820 Boston Post Rd E, Marlborough, MA 01752
Riley's Roast Beef
911 Edgell Rd, Framingham, MA 01701
118 Highland St., Worcester, MA 01609
247A Maple St, Marlborough, MA 01752
Harpie, a sad, but true fact; locals do like Miracle Whip on their LRs. At the local "dairy bar", Jordan's, they make LRs with Miracle Whip. I won't eat them, but the locals give rave reviews! Now the fried clams are another matter.
The Thirsty Whale, as local a place as one can have in BH, has a good deal. A cup of clam chowder with a LR for 12 bucks. Followed by a Bar Harbor Summer Ale spells summer time.
We have a friend visiting from Norway and we are feasting on Lobster. He even insists on getting some lobster rolls to go when we go kayaking. What can one do?
Barnicle Billy's in Ogunquit is my favorite place to eat a boiled lobster because you can sit out on the deck overlooking the water and have a great rum punch and steamers. Ogunquit has a great beach and many many places to stay and things to do. I must admit however that the best lobster I have had in a long time is at the Ogunquit lobster pound- no atmosphere whatsoever and no view and I really do not care for the place but you pick your own lobster and they cook it in sea water and it is very briny and excellent.