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New Inexpensive Downeast Lobster Rec, Tracey's Sullivan, Me.

Passadumkeg Aug 4, 2009 08:26 AM

We had visitors from Vermont and I missed my usual lobster supplier. We tried Tracey's on Rt 1 N in Sullivan, Me. (about 15 mi north of Ellsworth). We had some lobster rolls (2 for $12) and crab rolls (2 for $10) there earlier in the week and I noticed the lobster dinner w/ salad was only $7.95. We ordered 2 crab rolls, a pint of fried calms and 4 jumbo lobsters (2 + lbs.) at $5/ lb for the four of us. All was delicous. It is also BYOB and we brought a few bottles of white wines and they supplied the glasses. There is, however, no atmosphere, a very simple dining room. There is also a take out window w/ ice cream, hot dogs, burgers, etc. I post this because this is the cheapest place I am aware of on the Maine coast; do you know of any others? Now to see if I can upload some photos.

  1. tifferschang Aug 21, 2012 07:41 PM

    My group was here this past week. After trying their lobster roll and clam chowder the first night, we came back again. After 5 days in Maine, Tracey's (in Sullivan) was our meal on at least 3 occasions. And we bought extra lobster back. I was very happy with this place by the road and would definitely come again.

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      dputhi Aug 8, 2012 11:25 PM

      Had great lobster there last week, and my husband's fried haddock was enough to serve 2-3 hungry souls...he couldn't finish the fourth hunk.

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        lifeasbinge Aug 6, 2012 05:15 PM

        A very good recommendation, and I've been taking people here all summer. 2 outstanding lobster rolls are $15, can't beat it!

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          Deafcathowl Jul 26, 2012 06:05 PM

          We stopped for lobster at Tracey's after visiting the Schoodic Peninsula section of Acadia National Park in July, 2012. This was a bountiful summer for lobster! We ordered the Taste of Maine, which included one 1 1/4 lb lobster, fabulous clam chowder , and blueberry pie, and the Twin Lobster Dinner, which included two 1 1/4 lb lobsters, fries, and coleslaw. They had fresh brewed ice tea and alcoholic beverages are byob. There happened to be a party that night and they generously offered us a beer...great customers! The three young ladies waiting on us, also cooked the lobsters outside in large boiling water pots, and were very friendly. This is a family business, the owners catch the lobsters in the morning....classic Maine. We will return.

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            lifeasbinge Jun 21, 2011 03:02 PM

            Thanks, this is very good to know! We were at Joshy's the other day and it seemed less good and quite a bit more expensive than previously.

            1. Passadumkeg Jun 17, 2011 06:00 PM

              We just returned from Tracey's w/ our youngest and his girl friend. the fried clams are still good, $15 a pint and the lobster rolls have gone up to 2 for $15, not huge, but not tiny either, your typical lobber roll, lightly tossed in mayo on a top split bun as the photo above shoes.

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                zoefiona Jun 11, 2011 07:36 AM

                Tracey's is indeed a little jewel. The food is inexpensive, tasty and abundant. The chowder, homemade by "Mama" is superb. Very casual, no decor to speak of. Go for the food!

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                1. re: zoefiona
                  Passadumkeg Jun 11, 2011 01:48 PM

                  And BYOB.

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                  dwharff Aug 7, 2009 01:21 PM

                  Hey Passy...
                  Does Tracey's offer fish? Coming back up in september and looking for new seafood places. Does Chester Pike's do their Friday Fish fry into september?

                  1. raf945 Aug 5, 2009 10:57 PM

                    Great post.Thx for the info.

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                      Tipatina Aug 4, 2009 02:22 PM

                      Great to know! We picked up some lobster dinners from the Galley at the Bridge to take to (sob) Tidal Falls. Think a 1# dinner with fries and cole slaw was $12.99. So they'd get a little cooled if you were schlepping from Tracey's to TF, but...........
                      The Galley, though, did a great job, especially since it was an order for 10 involving many different items.

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                      1. re: Tipatina
                        Passadumkeg Aug 4, 2009 02:39 PM

                        Yes, we did the same w/ lobster and crab rolls on the 15 of July. I'm thinking of taking one of my grills down to Tidal Falls to cook lobbers. Everything is there except a grill.

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                          LStaff Jun 13, 2011 11:43 AM

                          Better off cooking your own or bringing them from someplace else anyway imo. A great site for sure, but the lobsters I got there were the tiniest I have ever been served - salty/spongy/watery soft shells too - my wife and I were so dissapointed that we listened to the locals who (don't eat lobster) sent us there. $50 later, we had to go somewhere else to get a substantial meal.

                          1. re: LStaff
                            Passadumkeg Jun 17, 2011 06:05 PM

                            We just returned from tidal falls an hour ago. My wife ate her first lobster there over 50 years ago. We have dined there countless times and never encountered what you describe. You must just be "lucky"
                            There are grills, so just bring the lobbers in a pot and go after it. Bring bug dope if there in the evening as the mosquitoes are wicked.

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                        Shooley Aug 4, 2009 01:44 PM

                        Wow, such a deal! I was just at the Dolphin Marina in Harpswell, which has been highly touted by Chowhounders, and feel it was a tad expensive for what we got. I went with my daughter and grandson and we ordered 2 lobster rolls (smaller than what's in your photo and $13.95 each!), a cup of fish chowder (which I think was something like $7.95!), an order of mac and cheese for the baby (it was Kraft, jeez!), a side of fries and a beer. This was $51 before tip. A bit much for lunch, methinks, despite the view. I don't think I'll be back, but I live too far from Sullivan, alas.

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