Hot!Lobster Rolls in Maine

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JDSpiedies
Junior Burger
2009/03/10 20:40:24
My Brother is going up to Maine for a few days tot attend a convention/seminar this week. Anybody in Maine or New Hampshire know of any good Lobster Rolls or Seafodd Restaurants?
 
Email me at Fygar778xlax@Yahoo.com
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2009/03/10 21:11:37
Although I'm not a huge lobster roll fan, the best I've had to date is at Red's Eats in Wiscasset. Be prepared to wait on line with all the other tourists. There won't be a local in sight. Most of the locals don't even eat lobster and if they do, it's usually at home.
rumaki
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2009/03/11 09:49:17
Unfortunately, a lot of the lobster shacks that serve great lobster rolls (my personal favorite is Five Islands Lobster in Georgetown) are  still closed for the season.
 
Your brother might find a place or two in Ogunquit or thereabouts.  I believe the Maine Diner  in Wells is open year-round, and serves both hot and cold lobster rolls.  I've only been there once, but enjoyed it very much.
 
Suggest you do a search of the Restaurant database on this site, and you should find a few options. 
mjambro
Cheeseburger
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2009/03/13 09:40:18
Reds and Five Island are both outstanding & worth their drive, although Five Island is seasonal.  The Lobster Pound in Lincolnville is another favorite, being a year round full service restaurant.  Maine dinner is very good, but they are better for blueberry pancakes than seafood.  Of course, Maine is a fairly large state, so you may want to narrow your preferred area.
acornlover
Cheeseburger
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2009/03/15 11:00:07
 Reds is not open for the season yet, but up Rt 1 N from there across the bridge is the "Sea Basket" , I just read in my Lincoln County News that they will be opening Wed-Sun 11a-8p. 
Their lobster roll is a bit different from typical Maine lobster rolls, but still really good.  Maine shrimp season is winding down, they serve some tasty ones!

Enjoy
TheClairvoyant
Junior Burger
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2009/03/28 20:50:28
Bob's Clam Hut in Kittery has a pretty tasty lobster roll.
plb
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2009/03/28 22:53:14
Is it true that MacDonald's serves them in Maine?
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2009/03/28 23:04:46
plb

Is it true that MacDonald's serves them in Maine?


I don't know about Maine, but I remember seeing them at McDonald's in Connecticut some 11 or 12 years ago.
 
MiamiDon
Filet Mignon
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2009/03/29 07:32:43
McLobster:



post edited by MiamiDon - 2010/07/06 08:00:43
mjambro
Cheeseburger
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2010/07/02 12:36:54
Never had a bad lobster roll until last week at the Sea Basket in Wiscasset, ME.  It was served on a crusty roll - similar to a Portuguese roll.  How can anyone serve a lobster roll on anything by a buttered/toasted New England roll?

However, I did have two excellent crab meat rolls during that rip - one at the Lobster Shack in Cape Elizabeth and one in Boothbay Harbor (along with the best raspberry Pie I've ever had).  Unfortunately, I don't recall the name of the place, but it was before & on the opposite side of the street from the Tugboat Inn - about a block east - with pine seats / decor, facing the bay from across the street (southwest of the library).  
i95
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2010/07/02 13:52:26
mjambro

Unfortunately, I don't recall the name of the place, but it was before & on the opposite side of the street from the Tugboat Inn - about a block east - with pine seats / decor, facing the bay from across the street (southwest of the library).  


 
 
 
 
 
RC51Mike
Cheeseburger
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2010/07/02 18:57:58
mjambro

Never had a bad lobster roll until last week at the Sea Basket in Wiscasset, ME.  It was served on a crusty roll - similar to a Portuguese roll.  How can anyone serve a lobster roll on anything by a buttered/toasted New England roll? 

 
Was there anything wrong with the roll itself other than its choice for a lobster roll?  I'm not so hidebound by tradition so I could eat such a sandwich if both the lobster and the roll were good.  Wondering because Sea Basket tends to get favorable reviews.

mjambro
Cheeseburger
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2010/07/03 08:27:23
The lobster portion was fine, but half a lobster roll is the roll.   It was like having an excellent burger served on Wonder bread - some things just don't go well together.

At $15, it was a bit over priced (with a small bag of chips), especially considering I had to toss the roll.  My wife had their fried shrimp served with fries ( everything is fried, except the lobster roll).   Shrimp was OK & fries were a typically frozen item.  IMO, nothing special.   Their haddock chowder, however, was quite excellent.
  
Next time, it's back to Five Island Lobster Company (where we had originally planned to go) or Red's (both highly recommended).    Although not in the same area (about an hour apart), but as a comparison, we found Sea Basket to pale in comparison with the Lobster Shack in Cape Elizabeth (similar sea food shack).



post edited by mjambro - 2010/07/03 08:33:54
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2010/07/03 10:26:09
I'll take a Lobster Roll at Reds over  Five Island. I tried the Lobster Roll at Five Island last year and was disappointed - HOWEVER- I'll take One Lobster fresh out of the shell at Market Price at Five Island over 5 Free Lobster Rolls at Red's any day of the week....
douginvirginia
Cheeseburger
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2010/07/06 06:16:37
WJ,

I'm with you. While we've absolutely loved the lobster rolls at Red's on the many occasions we've had them, my wife and I now usually wait until we get to Belfast and go to Young's for 3 lb'ers.
stanpnepa
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2010/07/06 06:51:03
The Clam Shack in Kennebunkport is our favorite - but we regret not driving up a little further to try Red's.   

Eat up! 
Heartburn
Cheeseburger
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2010/07/06 09:32:53
Not in Maine and not cold but in Ct.at the Clam Castle in Branford.
Had one on a hot toasted roll with melted butter last week
The Rhode Island stye clam chowder and birch beer went just right with it
Phishmonger
Cheeseburger
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2010/07/06 10:19:02
With a much shorter wait, and an equally good lobster roll, the place directly across from Red's is a good bet. I can't recall the name, but it's a family-run al fresco spot, right on the water with parking right there. Worth a try and welcome when you don't want to wait in the Red's line.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2010/07/06 12:16:37
But do they have real lobster rolls or just those cold thingies with lobster salad?
rumaki
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2010/07/06 12:24:26
But stanpnepa, doesn't the Clam Shack serve its lobster rolls on hamburger buns? It's been several years since I've been there, but I remember being unimpressed at that time.  The lobster portion was scanty, too.
 
And I'm with Mr. Hoffman -- lobster salad rolls just aren't as good as the Connecticut style rolls, with chunks of lobster meat on a toasted roll with drawn butter on the side.
 
I'm hoping to be back in Connecticut during the second-to-last week in July, and can't wait. 
 
 
kaszeta
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2010/07/07 10:54:17
While not quite Maine, I had a most excellent lobster roll from Latitudes at Wentworth-by-the-Sea in New Castle, NH two weekends ago.  Perfect roll, bountiful meat, not too much mayo, and the sides were actually decent as well:



It was somewhat pricey ($19), but considering  that it had at least 50% more meat than most of the $13-$14 rolls I see around here, and was better quality, I was happy.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2010/07/07 11:08:53
kaszeta-
What a gorgeous photo!  And I would have no problem paying $19.00 for that lobster roll.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2010/07/07 11:14:32
I wouldn't pay two cents for it. Lobster salad on a bun?
kaszeta
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2010/07/07 11:31:03
Michael Hoffman

I wouldn't pay two cents for it. Lobster salad on a bun?


 That definitely wasn't lobster salad on my sandwich.  Chunks of lobster meat, a very slight bit of mayo, and a hint of salt and pepper.  Not the normal "shredded lobster with lots of mayo, onion, and celery" lobster salad that most places pass off. 
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2010/07/07 11:35:33
How about this unusual version of the lobster roll I was served at Abbott's Lobster in the Rough just a few days ago?
post edited by buffetbuster - 2010/07/07 11:38:21
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2010/07/07 12:07:19
Unusual is the right word.
kaszeta
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2010/07/07 13:01:03
buffetbuster

How about this unusual version of the lobster roll I was served at Abbott's Lobster in the Rough just a few days ago?


Yeah, I've seen a few places serve up "rolls" on hamburger buns like this.  That just seems wrong to me.


Greymo
Filet Mignon
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2010/07/07 13:07:53
buffetbuster,    what is holding the lobster together on that lobster roll?
Wintem01
Cheeseburger
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2010/07/07 13:17:02
kaszeta

While not quite Maine, I had a most excellent lobster roll from Latitudes at Wentworth-by-the-Sea in New Castle, NH two weekends ago.  Perfect roll, bountiful meat, not too much mayo, and the sides were actually decent as well:



It was somewhat pricey ($19), but considering  that it had at least 50% more meat than most of the $13-$14 rolls I see around here, and was better quality, I was happy.


I think I would like a tad more mayo mixed with mine. Even still it looks like heaven to me.
dnjobe6
Junior Burger
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2010/07/07 17:21:17
Being I've lived in a lot of places, Maine being one, now I just visit a lot.... There are a few places that stand out to me there... One being "Cook's Lobster House" on Route 24, in Bailey's Island, ME. Their calamari and lobster are superb, the atmosphere is perfect with all around water view. They are a bit pricey but every bit worth it.

The other place is "Anna's Water's Edge Restaurant" in Sebasco Estates, ME. It's a bit small, it is a cottage and a bit out of the way but beautiful location and worth the trip, prices are reasonable. Everything I've had was great.

Now if you want a place that is full of appearance, the "Taste of Maine" on route 1 in Woolwich, ME. They are more for show in my opinion but they do have some good things to chose from but it can be hit or miss, they do have the largest Lobster Roll in the world there... Their pasta and shrimp are delicious but you pay for the big atmosphere.

Now if you come to North Carolina it is much harder to find good seafood!!! On the coast, the "Outer Banks Brewing Station" in Kill Devil Hills, NC has a unique atmosphere (fine dining and the club scene after hours) Their service was excellent and the food and beverages uniquely splendid.
 
"Dirty Dick's Crab House" is a fun place to eat at and the food is great, the price is high on average for the area but the service is the best entertainment, a place you don't mind paying for the show, there are 3 locations scattered throughout the Outer Banks! But there is a place away from the coast that fully delivers as well!!!

If you are in the Triad Area of NC, try "The Seafood Shack" in Thomasville, NC. Their seafood is the freshest you can get inland, due to the owner's perfectionistic ways of wanting the best seafood possible. Everything is great but it is busy, so prepare to wait but with a friendly staff and worth it when you eat the food! You will feel like you are at the coast once you step in.

One last Seafood place to mention is going down to the Dirty south... if you are ever in the area of Thibodaux, LA‎ this quaint little place right around Raceland, LA is easy to remember its called "That Place", it might not look like much from the outside but it packs a big punch with the food and mix of new orleans tradition with coastal seafood. It is very affordable and if you never can decide on which place to go to eat at, just go to "That Place". You'll always be satisfied. Their hours are short but just come when their open. ha ha.

There are many other restaurants to die for that I have been to but those are the ones that are mainly Seafood oriented.
i95
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2010/08/19 22:36:22
 
A couple of Maine lobster roll notes having recently returned from the Pine Tree State:
 
(1)   Down East Books recently released the quasi-cookbook...
 
 
...a $ 14.95 read featuring lots of photos and a few recipes
including for Red's cocktail sauce, coleslaw and "Puff Dog" -- a
cheese and bacon stuffed hot dog then batter-fried.
 
 
 
(2)   And the July 25, 2010 issue of the...
 
 
...ran a listing of ten top rated Maine spots serving-up
the venerable lobster roll and including that produced by:
 
Red's (Wiscasset)
the Lobster Shack (Cape Elizabeth)
Bob's Seafood Restaurant (Windham)
Bayley's Lobster Pound (Scarborough)
the Lobster Dock (Boothbay Harbor)
Miss Brunswick Diner (Brunswick)
Nunan's Lobster Hut (Cape Porpoise)
Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster (South Freeport)
the Thirsty Whale (Bar Harbor)
 
and
 
the Camden Deli (Camden).
 
 
FYI.
mph
Junior Burger
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2013/07/10 20:55:20
Shain's of Maine (in Sanford, Maine) has an incredibly fresh and full lobster roll for just $5.99. Might be the best lobster roll value in the State.
 

pnwchef
Filet Mignon
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2013/07/14 11:32:44
mph

Shain's of Maine (in Sanford, Maine) has an incredibly fresh and full lobster roll for just $5.99. Might be the best lobster roll value in the State.



I looked at the pictures of the lobster roll that Shain's has to offer for $5.99. The picture looks good, nice chunks of lobster on a toasted New England roll. It also looks like it does a better business selling ice cream. I wonder why the Lobster roll doesn't get review more. If the Lobster roll is good this would be the best value in New England..............pnwc
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2013/07/14 12:50:35
We must have been looking at different pictures.
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2013/07/14 18:48:00
The Maine Lobster Lady "Winters" in Phoenix and "Summers" on Isle au Haut, Maine serving her island friends, and visitors to the most remote sector of Acadia National Park 
An island version of The Maine Lobster Lady food truck is in the process of being built and will be stationed just west of the Ranger's Station, a quarter mile or so from the town landing. She hopes to be ready to serve by late June.
I helped her get started here in AZ a few years ago and she's going Gangbusters.
http://www.mainelobsterlady.com/index.html
post edited by Foodbme - 2013/07/14 18:49:58
sandrew834
Hamburger
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Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2013/10/23 08:26:14
This is a classic New England sandwich best served on a regular ol' hot dog bun which I prefer grilled. (Pepperidge Farm is my favorite) I use big, meaty chunks of fresh lobster, no onion or herbs, and just a bit of lemon juice. I could eat this every day--if lobster wasn't so pricey!
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2013/10/24 18:11:11
sandrew834

This is a classic New England sandwich best served on a regular ol' hot dog bun which I prefer grilled. (Pepperidge Farm is my favorite) I use big, meaty chunks of fresh lobster, no onion or herbs, and just a bit of lemon juice. I could eat this every day--if lobster wasn't so pricey!

$3.99 / lb pricey??????
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2013/10/24 18:31:13
CajunKing

sandrew834

This is a classic New England sandwich best served on a regular ol' hot dog bun which I prefer grilled. (Pepperidge Farm is my favorite) I use big, meaty chunks of fresh lobster, no onion or herbs, and just a bit of lemon juice. I could eat this every day--if lobster wasn't so pricey!

$3.99 / lb pricey??????

 
Cut and Paste, Cut and Paste, Cut and Paste
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2013/10/24 18:53:06
OH I know, I have lobbied for removal, but have fallen on deaf ears
hannahbannah
Junior Burger
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2013/10/24 21:13:21
I was in Maine last month.  The lobster was so cheap we ate  it  all the time.  There is some kind of lobster cootie coming up the coast toward Maine.  It is only suppose to effect the appearance of the shell with big lesions on them.  I happened to have one and It did effect the taste.  So keep your lobsters at home Connecticut!
  I never got to Shanes in Sanford.  $5:99 is still the price. All the restaurants still rip you off with high lobster prices because they can. we have an rv so we get the lobsters and steamers cooked and eat them back at the campground.  Oh, and don't forget the fried clams and onion rings.  We also got lobsters and steamers in Hampton N.H. at the Fishermans coop.  The last nite we were in New England we had 21/2 lb lobsters @$5.99 a lb cooked.  The fresh calamari was $2:00 a  lb
  Back in Florida now.  Fish sucks here, but Gulf shrimp(white) are delish.
wallhd
Cheeseburger
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2013/10/24 21:47:01
Last month we ate one afternoon at the Maine Diner in Wells. I decided to try their "famous" lobster pie. And I'm here to tell you that is definitely the way to go.


Try it, I'll be you will agree with me.

Wally
Plattsburgh NY
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2013/10/25 10:41:48
Roz and I were in Portland, Boothbay and Freeport Maine last week.  We found several places that had 3 1 1/2 pound lobsters plus salad bar for $20.00.  Very very good. 
 

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
 
post edited by Sundancer7 - 2013/10/25 10:44:22
FriedClamFanatic
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2013/10/25 11:31:27
Sundancer7

Roz and I were in Portland, Boothbay and Freeport Maine last week.  We found several places that had 3 1 1/2 pound lobsters plus salad bar for $20.00.  Very very good. 


Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN



WOW!!!!!!!!!!!  And enough left for a Doggy (Fishy?) Bag!
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2013/10/25 11:59:00
Actually we left about a pound of lobster in the frige at the Residence Inn in Portland.  I hope the housekeepers enjoyed it.
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2013/10/25 13:33:44
That's really, really cheap.  Last week I called Commercial Lobster in Boston (where I used to work) and had two 2lb. lobsters sent to us.  I didn't ask how much.  I'm afraid to get my next credit card bill.    But it was worth it because they were delicious and lobster is one of Michael's favorite foods.
JB-ME
Cheeseburger
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2014/08/19 17:32:42
Tired of plain steamed lobster or lobster rolls? Or want a list of new restaurants to try?
An article in the Bangor Daily News:
http://bangordailynews.com/slideshow/the-most-unique-lobster-dishes-in-maine-8-dishes-that-shake-rattle-and-roll/
Lobster dumplings (as in dim sum), a lobster club sandwich (lobster AND bacon?), lobster on a stick, lobster tacos, Lobster Lo’Maine, lobster burritos...  The lobster dishes are described along with the price and the restaurants where they are sold.

I haven't had the lobster club described here, but I have had a lobster club elsewhere that was an absolutely wonderful sandwich.  Most of the dishes in the news article sound very good, and I usually prefer lobster in a very simple form.
post edited by JB-ME - 2014/08/19 23:27:13
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2014/08/19 17:39:43
Our visit to Five Island Lobster in Georgetown ME this past Saturday, only affirms my previous opinion that I'll take one steamed lobster at market price over a half dozen free lobster rolls from Red's Eats any day of the week.
 

 
 

post edited by wanderingjew - 2014/08/19 19:19:24
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2014/08/19 20:31:45
You're killing me.
Twinwillow
Sirloin
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2014/08/19 21:27:42
Wow! A great big YUM from me.
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2014/08/19 23:07:56
Lobsters AND steamers.......you're killing me too.
rumaki
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2014/08/20 10:51:34
I remember Five Islands so fondly, but unfortunately haven't been back to Maine for several years.  But if I were to go back, and it was open, that would be the first place I'd return to.
 
FriedClamFanatic
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2014/08/20 19:54:15
The only thing missing from those gorgeous pictures of Five Islands (well, ok, maybe a few more steamers!) is the stuff found on Cape Cod and few areas with a Portuguese population.....a hardy hunk of Linguica sausage!  Placed on the top allowing its garlicky goodness to drip down on the corn, clams.and maybe a few red potatoes. Doesn't do much to the lobster, but it infuses the clam broth used for "dipping" with a wonderful flavor.....and tastes darn good by itself!
FriedClamFanatic
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2014/08/20 20:03:04
JB-ME.....your post about exotic lobster (nice!) reminded me of a time in the late 80's when I took the family for a cple of weeks to Nevis and St Kitts.  Having lunch one day at a hole in the wall in the capital of St. Kitts (along with our cab driver/tour guide who I invited along and which made me feel it might be good), I had a Grilled cheese and Lobster sandwich along with some fries.  Spiny lobster that you find in warm waters but still a delicious sandwich! Got the bill and was amazed to find the fries were more than the sandwich!!!! ( both still cheap!)  Seems Potatoes are all imported whereas the lobsters come from the  cove about 1/8 mile away!
JB-ME
Cheeseburger
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2014/08/22 21:42:57
FriedClamFanatic
JB-ME.....your post about exotic lobster (nice!) reminded me of a time in the late 80's when I took the family for a cple of weeks to Nevis and St Kitts.  Having lunch one day at a hole in the wall in the capital of St. Kitts (along with our cab driver/tour guide who I invited along and which made me feel it might be good), I had a Grilled cheese and Lobster sandwich along with some fries.  Spiny lobster that you find in warm waters but still a delicious sandwich! Got the bill and was amazed to find the fries were more than the sandwich!!!! ( both still cheap!)  Seems Potatoes are all imported whereas the lobsters come from the  cove about 1/8 mile away!

Sounds like a really nice sandwich and a great trip memory! It reminds me of other non-traditional ways to serve lobster--like the present trendy mac and cheese restaurants I read about and often you see lobster mac and cheese dishes. And there are lobster mac and cheese cooking contests, too.
JB-ME
Cheeseburger
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2014/08/22 21:46:13
wanderingjew
Our visit to Five Island Lobster in Georgetown ME this past Saturday, only affirms my previous opinion that I'll take one steamed lobster at market price over a half dozen free lobster rolls from Red's Eats any day of the week.



What happened to the lovely lobster images?
JB-ME
Cheeseburger
Re:Lobster Rolls in Maine 2014/08/23 00:47:59

For those thinking about lobster and next summer, the Maine Lobster Festival is held in Rockland at the end of July-early August every year. The 2015 dates for the festival are July 30-August 2, 2015. To see what events were held this year, see the website.
http://www.mainelobsterfestival.com/
This is a fun event, and I've attended. I used to live in Rockland, and my father was from Vinalhaven, an island which can be reached by a Maine State ferry from Rockland. This year the U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle was there. In the past they have had US Navy vessels anchored just beyond the Breakwater in the harbor with tours available. They usually have country music and blues, too. And lobster and seafood in lots of forms and blueberry pancake breakfasts and all sorts of activities. It's a real community effort with lots of volunteers making it happen.