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Feb 27, 2010 01:20 PM

Raw Oysters in Maine, Early June...?

I've poked around online but can't seem to figure out if we'll be able to find raw oysters during the first 2 weeks in June. If so, does anyone have any favorite places for them between Portland & Lubec? Thanks.


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  1. You should be able to find raw oysters year round. In Portland I'd recommend Harbor Fish Market if you want to buy some to bring home and Old Port Sea Grill's raw bar as a good place to get them served.

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    1. re: anestes

      I should have been clearer, sorry. Home for us is about 3,000 miles from Portland so we're looking for a place that serves them. Hadn't know about Old Port Sea Grill, so thanks for that.


    2. Down east, Cleonise on Thurs. nights and The Arbor Vine has local Baggaduce oysters.
      Damariscotta has an oyster festival each summer.
      Gay Island oysters are grown in the midcoast area.

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      1. re: Passadumkeg

        Cleonise was already on our short list, in part I think from your mention of it in other threads. Thanks for suggesting the Thursday night oysters, hadn't known about that. This's shaping into a good trip.


        1. re: FishTales

          The owners of Cleonise also run The Table in Blue Hill, 13 mi away and Arbor Vine in BH always has them. Also try Crocker House in Hancock.

      2. King Eider Pub in Damariscotta serves local oysters. I've also had them in a restaurant across the street form King Eider but sorry I can't remember the name.

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          1. re: HDinCentralME

            Hhmmm, how to pick which one...?

            Seems obvious: we'll have to try them both. Thanks.


            1. re: FishTales

              Damariscotta River Grill has great oysters, from right in the river. Even the sauces are excellent, and I don't go for sauce on my oysters so much. Lovely restaurant. King Eider Pub has GREAT drinks, but no oysters when I had lunch there recently.

          2. re: hicow

            Also in Damariscotta, very nice place is Newcastle Public House - excellent oysters served at least 3 ways...


          3. As you should gather from the suggestions, you should find fresh oysters all over the coast, since the farmed fishery centers in Damariscotta, and make their products widely available. Enjoy!

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