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Jul 21, 2008 08:33 AM

Lobsters near Augusta, Maine

Making the trip to the promised land ( Kent's Hill, Maine) along with other throngs of parents from Westchester and Long Island, for visiting day, for the seventh year in a row.

Was hoping for suggestions on any lobster shacks I may not have discovered by now that might be in the area.

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  1. very close to Kents Hill is Sonny's Seafood in Readfield. They are primarily a fresh fish/seafood retailer but have added a "Clam Shack" cooked food/dine-in site recently.

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    1. re: HDinCentralME

      Thank you. Staying in Augusta....any suggestions there? Ate at the Lobster Shack in Winslow last year. Was jammed, which I can understand. Service was, however poor, and it was a huge effort for our waitress to get us clean cutlery and napkins.

      1. re: steelydad

        No "shacks" in Augusta proper that I can think of.

        Not a "shack" but a good variety of fried seafood (plus award-winning lobster stew) is available at Hattie's Chowder House, Hallowell (just south of State Capitol on Rte201).

        More upscale lobster entrees (plus steaks, etc.) at Cloud Nine (inside Senator Hotel, Western Ave, Augusta.

    2. Ah, yes, parents' visiting day, the day that all of us who live here stay put to avoid the visiting throngs! :) It's fun having someone post for advice about good eats in my neck of the woods (I live in Readfield):

      Tubby's in nearby Wayne, Maine might be a place to try. It's run by a local electrician-turned-ice cream maker who is a heck of a nice guy. My spouse and brother just went on Saturday, and they enjoyed both the lobster stew and ice cream, though I'm not sure all that dairy food loved them back! Their food menu isn't all that expensive, but the ice cream receives rave reviews, so you could try it for dessert.

      They also ate at Sonny's Clam Shack, which is located on Route 17 not too far past the railroad tracks in Readfield, earlier in the week, which my spouse says feature "a nice outdoor eating environment and good battered, fried seafood. The french fries are a little subpar." We often get lobsters and other seafood from Sonny's, so I'd say it's a pretty safe bet.

      I'm not sure when you're coming up, but good luck! The weather looks to be a bit dicey all week.

      1. How are you going? If I can make a side trip suggestion....leave the turnpike in bath and go up route one to wiscasset and eat at reds, right before the bridge I think...great lobster. after wiscasset, you can take 28 to gardner and over to augusta or back onto 95.

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        1. re: jspear

          Without debating the merits of taking this suggested detour...Red's does not serve whole lobsters, only lobster rolls.

          1. re: HDinCentralME

            my bad how about the sea basket in wisc??