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Harraseeket Lobster

Town Landing, Freeport, ME - (207) 865-3535
Posted By Michael Stern on 9/28/2009 10:29:00 AM
Dine at a picnic table overlooking the Freeport town harbor, the meal perfumed by the salt smell of the ocean and serenaded by the sound of an American flag flapping overhead. This is one of the nicest places west of Bath to plow into a shoreline meal with a glorious view. The specialty is boiled-to-order lobsters (also available live, to go), but don’t ignore the seafood baskets. Whole belly clams are giants, hefty gnarled spheres of golden crust enveloping mouthfuls of ocean nectar. On the side, you want onion rings: puffy circles of brittle sweet batter around a hoop of onion that still has crunch. Clam cakes are good, too, their puffy dough holding dozens of little nuggets of marine goodness. The chowder is wonderful, but best of all is the lobster roll, served splayed open in a broad cardboard dish and packed with briney-sweet chunks of meat. Have it with onion rings or an order of Fried onion middles (sweet, slick nuggets that are to fried rings what holes are to donuts); and conclude with a fudgy, hand-fashioned whoopie pie.

Now that the management has put an awning up over the picnic tables, you can dine outdoors even when it rains. They tell us that it does rain in Freeport, but every visit we have made to town in search of our favorite clam baskets and o' rings, the sun was shining brightly and gulls were swooping overhead through the blue, blue sky. It is almost painfully picturesque, this eat-in-the-rough jewel of a clam shack overlooking the South Freeport Harbor. But even if it were ugly, we would recommend it for the seafood baskets and the lobsters.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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This 1.75lb beauty was flipping around shortly before this photo was taken.
"This 1.75lb beauty was flipping around shortly before this photo was taken. "
Jeremy Kneessi





The Whoopie Pie was invented in Maine back in the 1920s. It remains a staple on menus of seafood eateries all along the coast.
"The Whoopie Pie was invented in Maine back in the 1920s. It remains a staple on menus of seafood eateries all along the coast."
Michael Stern


A Maine shoreline classic: the cool lobster roll
"A Maine shoreline classic: the cool lobster roll"
Michael Stern


Fantastic lobster bisque.  If no one was looking, I would have licked the drop of it off the picnic table!  It was rich and tangy, with huge chunks of lobster.  Skip the rest of the food and just get the bisque!
"Fantastic lobster bisque. If no one was looking, I would have licked the drop of it off the picnic table! It was rich and tangy, with huge chunks of lobster. Skip the rest of the food and just get the bisque!"
Robin Olson


One of the reasons Harraseeket's lobster roll is so good is the bun. It is the traditional New England split-top roll, brushed with butter and grilled so the outside is luscious-crisp and the interior is soft and steamy.
"One of the reasons Harraseeket's lobster roll is so good is the bun. It is the traditional New England split-top roll, brushed with butter and grilled so the outside is luscious-crisp and the interior is soft and steamy."
Michael Stern


A true New England strawberry shortcake: made on a baking powder biscuit. What a treat!
"A true New England strawberry shortcake: made on a baking powder biscuit. What a treat!"
Michael Stern


Deliciously battered onion rings that you won't be able to share with anyone!
"Deliciously battered onion rings that you won't be able to share with anyone!"
Marc


Dining at HL&L is an everyday picnic.
"Dining at HL&L is an everyday picnic."
Michael Stern


The live lobster ordering window.  They pull them alive and well from the tank and allow you to choose your lobster.
"The live lobster ordering window. They pull them alive and well from the tank and allow you to choose your lobster."
Jeremy Kneessi


It seems their prices have come up significantly in the last five years but, then, whose haven't?  This price was observed in May of 2008.
"It seems their prices have come up significantly in the last five years but, then, whose haven't? This price was observed in May of 2008."
Rich Froid


Here's the view from an inside table.  Tables are also available outside.
"Here's the view from an inside table. Tables are also available outside."
Rich Froid


If you want a sandwich, clams, or a lobster roll, you order that at the front of Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster. If you want the full lobster dinner, follow this sign around the corner to a different order window.
"If you want a sandwich, clams, or a lobster roll, you order that at the front of Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster. If you want the full lobster dinner, follow this sign around the corner to a different order window."
Michael Stern


That's Harraseeket in the background.
"That's Harraseeket in the background."
Rich Froid



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