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Oysters in Maine

itryalot Jul 19, 2013 06:08 PM

We've started a list of possible lobster shacks and restaurants to go to on our visit, but I am really looking forward to some good, fresh oysters too. Any recs for oysters along the coast? Doesn't need to be fancy, just clean and fresh.

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    LeRique Jul 19, 2013 08:57 PM

    Muscongus Bay Lobster in Round Pound has good local oysters,fresh and clean,great view!

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      itryalot Jul 26, 2013 08:27 AM

      Do they shuck them for you and can you eat them there?

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        italianices Jul 28, 2013 02:35 AM

        Yes, they shuck the oysters for you, and there are plenty of outdoor picnic tables right on the water where you can eat your oysters.

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      ThanksVille Jul 21, 2013 04:45 PM

      Eventide Oyster Bar in Portland has an outstanding range of impeccably fresh oysters from New England waters as well as a few west coast and Mid-Atlantic varietals as well. Articulate, knowledgeable servers, excellent shuckers, and the opportunity to pair with a substantial collection of craft beers.

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        Worldwide Diner Aug 7, 2013 08:23 PM

        Eventide serves their oysters with various "ices," a great way to taste oyster other than with cocktail sauce or mignonette. I also enjoy their lobster rolls. Downside - can get pretty expensive.

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        italianices Jul 26, 2013 07:04 AM

        As mentioned by LeRique, Muscongus Bay Lobster Co. in Round Pond serves Pemaquid oysters. It's the only lobster shack I know of that features raw oysters on its menu.

        In Damariscotta, check out Schooner Landing, King Eider's Pub, and Damariscotta River Grill.

        In the neighboring town of Newcastle, there's Newcastle Publick House.

        And in nearby Edgecomb is Glidden Point Oyster Sea Farm, a retail oyster shop that operates out of a private house.

        In the past, Glidden Point customers had to shuck their oysters, which I found to be a major hassle as a total newbie. But according to their website, they now shuck oysters for customers upon request - I'd call them in advance to verify this.

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          itryalot Jul 26, 2013 08:28 AM

          In Damariscotta, those are the places that were recommended but we didn't want to necessarily sit and eat in a restaurant.
          I had Glidden Point Oyster Sea Farm down - wish I knew how to shuck the darn things! I am going to email them to see.

          1. re: itryalot
            italianices Jul 28, 2013 02:35 AM

            One more place that serves raw oysters is the Anchor Inn in Round Pond, which is a stone's throw away from Muscongus Bay Lobster Co. and happens to be a sister restaurant of Damariscotta River Grill.

            The restaurant has a screened porch area with nice harbor views and a pretty decent wine and cocktail list. If you decide to go there, definitely rsvp in advance for an off-hour time of day - the place gets very crowded for lunch and especially dinner - and ask for a table on the porch to enjoy the great water views.

            If the weather is great, and you arrive in Round Pond before the mosquitoes come out in full force around 5-6pm or so, I'd recommend getting your oysters at Muscongus Bay Lobster so that you can enjoy them outside. If the weather is bad or you arrive after 5pm, go to the Anchor Inn, where you can still enjoy the water views but avoid the rain and the bugs.

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              crawfish Jul 28, 2013 05:53 AM

              Wow, I have never had a mosquito problem sitting outside at Muscongus Bay and they LOVE me!

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                italianices Jul 28, 2013 08:44 AM

                Haha you're much luckier than me. The mosquitoes were so bad the last time we were at Muscongus Bay Lobster during the 4th of July weekend, we actually had to stand up toward the end of our meal and move around while eating to avoid being sitting targets. I received 6-7 bites on my upper back alone - the skeeters were so relentless, they bit me through my t-shirt!

                Of course, mosquitoes are an unfortunate fact of summer life throughout Maine, not just in Round Pond. It was just really bad timing on our part to have eaten outside during that time of day when the bugs come out en masse.

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                  crawfish Jul 29, 2013 09:17 AM

                  The Maine mosquito is a very hardy soul! I have been stung way out on the Rockland Breakwater in a stiff wind surrounded by nothing but salt water and rocks. :)

                  They haven' been bad at all for the past few summers but I guess I'd better prepare myself for a buggy trip this year!

                  Get yourself one of these:

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                    itryalot Jul 29, 2013 02:56 PM

                    Ooooohhhh great!!!! I am a mosquito magnet!

              2. re: italianices
                itryalot Jul 28, 2013 06:13 PM

                Great tip about Anchor Inn - thanks!

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            italianices Jul 29, 2013 04:01 PM

            Another place to add to your list is The Slipway Restaurant in Thomaston. I've heard good things about this restaurant, especially with regard to their fried seafood. It has a nice location right on the water with plenty of outdoor seating, and its indoor seating area includes a screened porch with water views. Also, this place is open until 9:30pm, which is later than the 7pm or 8pm closing time of most casual waterside seafood restaurants that I've been to in Maine.

            Check out the photos of this place - it appears to be a good fit for the type of atmosphere you're seeking:


            Their menu merely specifies having "local Maine oysters", so you may want to call them to inquire which specific type they carry.

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              italianices Aug 7, 2013 04:55 AM

              There's an under-the-radar place in Bremen on the Pemaquid Peninsula called Broad Cove Marine Services which serves raw oysters as well as whole lobster, steamers, lobster rolls, crab rolls, scallops, and so forth. It has outdoor dining on a dock with nice water views.


              I have never been to this place and only found out about it while researching other eats in the area. I have no idea about the quality of the food here, but I'm intrigued by the fact that it's remained completely off-the-radar on this and other Maine food boards.

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                itryalot Aug 7, 2013 12:09 PM

                Wow: I've never heard of it and there are no reviews anywhere on the net which makes me not want to try it. Has anyone been? Certainly someone somewhere had to try it.

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                  Dave B Aug 7, 2013 07:49 PM

                  Hesitancy to not try a place just because it isn't on the web "radar," I find interesting for one with a board name which implies 'trying a lot.'

                  This (and other) web forum(s) is rife with people complaining about places others have highly recommended. Maybe YOU might be the one to discover a gem and then write about it.

                  Live a little. Try a lot.

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                    itryalot Aug 12, 2013 02:56 AM

                    I am willing to try places, it's just that with so many people eating their way through Maine and reporting on this board, how is it I have never heard of it? Certainly a few people have been there. I am mapping out places and depending on where we are at the time on our journey, we'll stop.

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                  JMF Aug 9, 2013 08:59 AM

                  I remember seeing a sign for them on Waldoboro Rd./Rt 32 on my way to Pemmaquid, but it don't remember it saying anything about seafood. I thought it was only a marine equipment and repair service. I would have checked them out, but, who knew. That was one of the few roads in that area I never explored.

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                  rockblogsterbdn Aug 7, 2013 10:52 AM

                  Three Tides in Belfast. The best bar on the Midcoast, and they have gorgeous, crystal clear, obscenely briny and cold oysters. As well as excellent beer made on site, a fireplace and a view of Belfast Harbor. An absolute must-visit for oyster and beer lovers.

                  1. JMF Aug 9, 2013 09:01 AM

                    itryalot- where in Maine will you be? Are you staying in one place and doing day trips, or traveling over several days? When are you going?

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                      itryalot Aug 12, 2013 02:56 AM

                      Going mid/late August and ranging from Bar Harbor to Boston. Could only manage a few days away from work.

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