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Driving from Portland, ME to Augusta. BEST steamed LOBSTER along the way?

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Nikiddawg Jul 14, 2010 12:52 PM

I'm flying into Portland International Saturday late afternoon, driving to Augusta for the night and leaving the next day. I'd like to stop along the way to Augusta for a steamed lobster anywhere in between Portland and my final destinaton. I'd prefer not to detour too far off from my route (I295 to 95) but ~15-30 minutes or so is OK. I'd appreciate any suggestions!
Thanks in advance!

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    jackattack RE: Nikiddawg Jul 14, 2010 05:35 PM

    Days, just off I-295 between Yarmouth and Freeport, is probably your best bet and easiest/quickest stop. You can enjoy your lobster on a picnic table out in back of the Lobster pound.
    Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster in Freeport might be a better spot, but then you'll probably have to deal with massive traffic headaches and a long line once you get there.

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/days-crabmeat...

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    Harraseeket Lunch
    PO Box 218, Freeport, ME 04032

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      hicow RE: Nikiddawg Jul 14, 2010 06:02 PM

      If you have a few extra minutes, Harraseeket Lunch is three miles from Day's and a lot more enjoyable and you won't encounter massive traffic jams. I live in the area and never have a problem with traffic.

      Harraseeket is right next to a scenic marina in South Freeport. They have lobster, crabs, clams, mussells, Maine shrimp, chowders, etc. You'll be glad you stopped. Since you're driving, you probably won't be interested but it's also a BYOB place.

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      Harraseeket Lunch
      36 Main St South, Freeport, ME

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        Nikiddawg RE: hicow Jul 14, 2010 08:27 PM

        Thanks for the suggestions. Sounds like Harraseeket LUNCH won't be open by the time I arrive (6-7ish) since....well I'm going out on a limb here.......they only serve LUNCH. Right?

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          hicow RE: Nikiddawg Jul 15, 2010 03:04 AM

          Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster is open until 8:45 PM during the summer.

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          Harraseeket Lunch
          PO Box 218, Freeport, ME 04032

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            Nikiddawg RE: hicow Jul 16, 2010 08:25 PM

            OK, great! Thanks so much.

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        mainedowneaster RE: Nikiddawg Jul 18, 2010 01:12 PM

        A little bit of a drive from Brunswick, but well worth the drive. Beautiful views of the islands and some of the best seafood Maine has to offer. Be sure to try the chowder and blueberry muffins for starters.

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        Dolphin Marina and Restaurant
        515 Basin Point Rd, Harpswell, ME 04079

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          Nikiddawg RE: mainedowneaster Jul 21, 2010 11:59 AM

          As it turned out, I landed and got wind of the Clamfest in Yarmouth. Though it piqued my interest because I do love clams, I drove through the heart of the festival and all I saw was lots of fried clam variations being sold from booths (though the clam loaf did sound tasty). Looked more like a country fair rather than what I had in mind. Got back on the highway and headed straight to Harraseeket Lunch where I promptly ordered and thoroughly enjoyed the Lobster Delight (1lb steamed lobster, about 1 dozen steamers, 1 ear of corn - menu, dish, line, and view all pictured below). Mmmmm was it great! Fresh, sweet, no line to speak of (5 people ahead of me) and a 15-minute wait for food to be prepared. I got there at about 7:45 on a Saturday night. My ONLY complaint: Those nasty little tiny black gnats/flies that bite. Those suckers (pun intended) had a feast on me while I feasted on the seafood. Sadly, those flies started to get the better of me so I had to rush through my last bites of lobster, grabbed my ear of corn and headed straight for the car to avoid the onslaught. I continued on with my drive, ate my corn, and scratched the bites on my legs and arms. My only advice, other than bringing your own beer or wine, would be to bring some bug repellent and apply liberaly before sitting down to eat. And take cash....no plastic accepted.

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          Harraseeket Lunch
          PO Box 218, Freeport, ME 04032

           
           
           
           
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            Passadumkeg RE: Nikiddawg Jul 21, 2010 03:51 PM

            The midges (the flies) love foreign food!

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              hicow RE: Nikiddawg Jul 21, 2010 03:57 PM

              They do have indoor seating as well as outdoor picnic tables.

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            fatbully RE: Nikiddawg May 4, 2011 02:24 PM

            Just curious, is it a good season to eat steamed lobster now? I'm going to Portland this weekend and I'm wondering if I should just drop by Harraseeket Lunch to get some yummy steamed lobsters or lobster rolls.

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            Harraseeket Lunch
            PO Box 218, Freeport, ME 04032

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              bobbert RE: fatbully May 5, 2011 06:46 PM

              Lobster doesn't really go "out of season". Wiith that being said, soft shells, which many argue are "sweeter" are more prevelant in summer. Price is also much lower in summer.

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