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Aug 28, 2008 05:39 PM

Best lobster roll between Kittery and Ogunquit?

Looking to stop for a quick bite -- a lobster roll -- on our way up the Maine coast. Please tell me where to stop between Kittery and Ogunquit. Thanks!

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  1. Easily the best is at the York Beach Fish Market, 15 Railroad Ave, in the 'short sands' section of York. Also TERRIFIC fish chowder and lobster bisque. This is a small place seling, yes, fish, and with maybe 10-12 seats. Order at the counter and wait a coupld of minutes to be called. I am a native of this part of the world and have tried them all. This is the BEST.

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    1. re: fsp

      Oh wow, I came into this thread to recommend the same place!

      1. re: Eatin in Woostah

        Sorry I missed these posts before we left! I'll be back up there next month and will definitely give it a try. Thanks for the tip.

      2. re: fsp

        You cant overlook the Lobster Pound on Webhannett Drive on Wells Beach, this is the freshest lobster Roll you will ever get!, Wells Beach Lobster Pound check it out!, they can even cook and crack a few lobsters for you and you can sit on the beach and eat!

      3. Update: We were in Maine once again this weekend and stopped at the York Beach Fish Market to try their lobster roll. I was thrilled when I saw my Chowhound posting on the window and introduced myself to the owner as the author. Have to say she couldn't have been less thrilled, but she did manage a smile.
        Anyway, getting to the food: This was a lobster SALAD, heavily greased with mayo. Very tasty, but not what I expected. I had a better experience at Rose Cove Cafe in Ogunquit. Still had mayo, which I prefer to avoid, but ever so lightly coated, so that it wasn't the overpowering flavor. The lobster was fresh, portion huge -- maybe equal to 1-1/2 of the typical lobster rolls -- placed on a homemade bun. And, the friendliness, hospitality, and warm welcome made it all a much more pleasant and enjoyable experience. They were also offering free samples of fudge... and their homemade ice cream is fabulous, too!

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        1. re: mallomarmom

          Had lobster rolls at Rose Cove twice this summer and have to say I really do not understand the hype. First, they are on a hamburger bun. And, the lobster filling is nothing special. Also, IIRC were very expensive- much more than other places. Now I will have to try York Beach Fish House.

          1. re: emilief

            I don't disagree with you, honestly. I still find the lobster rolls in Kittery at the shack (name escaping me) much better -- and no mayo! Also, the Clam Shack in Kennebunkport. I'm still in search of the best. Let me know what you think about the York Beach Fish House.

            1. re: mallomarmom

              Do you mean Bob's clam shack. Love those!

              1. re: BostonZest

                Yes! Bob's! Thank you. Great lobster rolls, for sure. Someday I'll have to drive up to Red's and see if they are as good as their reputation.

          2. re: mallomarmom

            Hmmm...well I will admit to being a big fan of mayo. :)

            1. re: mallomarmom

              The york beach fish market actually has another lobster roll sans mayo, they use butter instead. I like that version. And you really can't beat there combo (Lobster roll, chips and a can of soda) price... there awesome. There chowders are also amazing. I love this place.

            2. Not sure about lobster rolls, but BOB's on Route 1 near the Kittery outlets has great fried clams. And Captain Simeons on the back road out of Kittery has great seafood all around. The plus is a great view. Chauncey's Creek (BYOB) has both great lobster and great rolls.....and sits down on the water. Might be a little chilly this time of year if they are still open.

              Having said that, and having had a house at York's Short Sands, the Lobster at the Fish Market is hard to beat!

              1. We've had lobster rolls at Bob's Clam Hut in Kittery, York Beach Fish Market and Long Sands General Store in York Beach, all very good. However our favorite is the Shore Road Market at the intersection of Route 1A and Shore Rd, it's a small red building. It's served on a lightly buttered and grilled New England style hot dog roll with a generous amount plain chunky lobster, butter or mayo served on the side for dipping and only $8.99 Outstanding!

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                  1. re: emilief

                    It's in York, at the intersection of Shore and Cape Neddick Roads, just north of Short Sands. They donate a portion of the proceeds from their lobster rolls to York High School's Project Graduation and York's Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program. But hurry, they close from Nov-Mar!

                    1. re: HIW

                      Thanks! Will definitely try the Shore Road Market next time we're up in the area.

                      1. re: mallomarmom

                        wow, to think i have been driving by that local market for all these years visiting York and the only thing I have ever purchased there were drinks for my bike rides. will have to try next summer during our annual visit the lobster roll!!!!

                        1. re: martyl9

                          Ok, I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest going just a bit further up Route 1 and go to Mike's Clam Shack in Wells. I don't normally eat lobster rolls, but my sweetie does, and they are huge and well filled with tons of lobster. They look so good, even I want one! He's very picky, and although they're on the pricey side (actually, really pricey IMO!), he thinks they're well worth it! :-)