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Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier, Kittery Point, ME - June 2009 report

My parents were here in Boston for a brief visit. They were all about lobster, so on their last rainy day, I decided that we would drive up to Maine for lobster. The plan was to drive up for lunch, and then bring them to the airport. And, this part of Maine is only psychologically far from Boston because driving time was about an hour and 15 minutes.

I had been to Chauncey Creek about 10 years ago (after reading a really short blurb in the Boston Globe) and really liked it. But, mostly, I make lobster at home. Since I wanted to show them a bit of NE and scenery and I didn't want the mess in my apt, we drove up to Kittery Point.

This place was great. Not only was it picturesque, but the staff were extremely friendly and competent. My dad was thrilled to see the lobster tanks, organized by different sizes. He ordered a 2 lb lobster and the three of us got 1.5 lbs. We also ordered steamers and french fries. Since this place is BYO anything they don't have on the menu, we had a six pack with us. The staff brought out a beer opener.

Steamers - These were superior to anything I've had in Massachusetts (and I've clam crawled through Cape Ann). These steamers were not only expertly cooked, but the bellies were really fat and juicy. These were so good that we almost ordered a second batch. But since this was only lunch and we still had the lobsters coming, we refrained.

Lobsters - again, nothing tricky here, but these were perfect. Sweet and the meat just slid out of the shells. Even the tail wasn't tough. Moreover, there was a lot of tamale goodness in the heads, and the sizes of our lobsters gave us satisfying meat in the head/body region.

I'm sure this place is a zoo at dinner time (it was 10 years ago and it was mosquitoey), but it was the perfect lunch setting on a cool/misty NE day.


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  1. I've been to Chauncey Creek many times. The food doesn't particularly stand out but it is very scenic. They allow their customers to bring in anything they don't sell so people show up with very elaborate additions including table cloths, candles, flowers, salads, deserts, beer, wine, etc. They are located on a large deck with open picnic tables as well as tables in screened-in areas. They have a time limit which I believe is two hours. The only negative is that parking can be very difficult when they get busy.

    1. Had a revolting, overpriced meal at this place about two weeks. Will not return.

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      1. re: IWantFood

        Sorry to hear that, but were do u suggest to get non-overpriced meals for establishments that are only open 1/2 the year and busy only 1/4th of the year ??

        1. re: irwin

          It's one thing to eat an overpriced meal that's tasty. It's quite another to be served an overpriced meal that tastes spoiled and winds up in the trash.

        2. re: IWantFood

          I went last weekend and the fish bites had a weird vinegary taste to the batter. Not good at all.
          Somehow the lobster wasn't good either.

          Note: Bring your own melted butter.

        3. I went once and had a fabulous meal. We had lobster rolls and crab. We brought our own Chardonnay and tablecloth. I love steamers and will try them next time.

          1. I've been going to Chauncey Creek for decades and love it, though crowds & mosquitoes are non-trivial problems. If going for dinner, early is best and bug spray's a must by July 4. We bring salad, great bread, wine or beer, sometimes candles & order steamers, lobsters, fries & corn if in season. It's probably not so good or fun (for dinner, especially) if you don't kick in some of your picnic favorites.

            1. What did pay for a Lobster and other Sides?

              1. I look at ordering off the small menu as renting a great spot for a picnic. Order something off the menu and bring the rest of your meal, including BYOB. If the weather or the bugs are bad, you might get lucky and get a table in one of the screened in areas. I think the view is fabulous. If you are only going for their food and don't care about the view, you can probably do better somewhere else. We have been enjoying this place for years.

                1. I've never stopped at this place but gone by it a hundred times. It's so close to one of my favorite places in New England. Fort Foster Park! Can not count the number of wonderful days I've spent there over my lifetime.

                  1. For Chauncey Creek, I've found that the best time to go is about 3pm or so. It's after the lunch crowd and before the dinner crowd. Occasionally, you'll find a few toddlers there. Since it's BYOB, I usually bring a cooler with some of my favorite brews (I can't tell you how disappointed I was the FIRST time I went to CC--I had to drool over all the beers and wine that the OTHER guests knew enough to bring...!).

                    I'm not much into lobsters, but the rest of my family is. CC's "popcorn shrimp" is pretty nice, as are their steamers. Their mussels are OK, but I really prefer the "Howard's Mussels" at Roberts over by the factory outlets in Kittery.

                    I've seen some negative reviews of CC, but in the 10-12 years I've been going to the place, every meal I've been served there has been good to great, albeit expensive. However, if you factor in the savings from bringing your own beer, Sangria, wine, it's not really that bad.

                    1. I'd be curious to know how the affordable oysters and cherrystones are treated.

                      1. Huge fan of chauncey creek. The food is good but the preparation for going there is half the fun and once there is just a beautiful spot to sit out and enjoy the company of friends and family. The checklist: table cloth, cloth napkins, candles, lighter, vase with flowers, wine, beer, opener, hummus, pita bread, dessert. And a fancy picnic basket to pack your goodies in is a must. Yes we are those people. And we love it. If I could get my dinner companions to go for it we'd be wearing silly hats and flower garlands. And if you can time your meal to be ending just at sunset the view is lovely but as soon as the sunsets - leave or the bugs will carry you away.

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                        1. re: freshveggie

                          We do almost the same. Arrive for lunch around 1:30pm, with a cooler full of drinks, apps and sides that are not on their menu.

                          We order steamers and lobsters, that's it. We stay for 3 hours, enjoying drinks and relaxing.

                          One of the tables actually had a battery operated blender and was doing margaritas.

                          You just can't bring food that is offered on their menu. Who could ask for anything better? Love the place!