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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

My Favorite Lobster-in-the-Rough Joint in Maine

Talk about lobster rolls in Maine and you enter into a territorial catfight where everyone seems to choose their local favorite. I happen to love the affordable rolls at Quoddy Bay Lobster in Eastport, topped with a full claw, the chockful of meat served in a bun at Red’s Eats in Wiscasset, and sitting at the pier at Beal’s, just outside Acadia National Park. But if you ask those same foodies where to find the best lobster roll with a view, the majority of Mainers will point you to the Lobster Shack in Cape Elizabeth. Not far from where Winslow Homer set up shop on Prouts Neck, the picnic tables overlook that same boulder-strewn coastline Homer loved to paint. Order your food at the window of the rustic shack, wait for your number to be called, and grab a spot with vistas of Casco Bay, framed by two lighthouses. One of those lighthouses is the picturesque Portland Head Light, a favorite subject of artist Edward Hopper. For more information on the Lobster Shack, see the story I wrote for The Boston Globe.

Posted by Steve Jermanok on 03/08/11 at 02:00 PM
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Steve, I grew up in Eastport Maine and started my life long love of lobsters. I have not been there in 20 years but my memories on lobsters crawling on my kitchen floor when I was 4 are some of the best of my life. My dad packed sardines so we could eat during the depression. Hope to connect soon. Fondly Fran

Picture of Fran Putnoi Comment by Fran Putnoi
on 03/11/11 at 05:52 AM

It doesn't surprise me that your home in Eastport was crawling with lobsters. Great recollection, Fran! The former sardine canneries in Lubec, Maine, are now home to art galleries, a museum, and restaurants. A fun scene.

Picture of Steve Jermanok Comment by Steve Jermanok
on 03/11/11 at 02:42 PM

I readyour article in The Boston Globe on the Reversing Falls in Pembroke, Me. and was curious as to where you were headed in Eastport. Now I know you were headed to Quoddy Bay Lobster! Great! You should check out Cobscook Bay Cottages in Perry....awesome place and back to the electricity! No TV! Gas appliances...very clean...great views, hiking, that place!

Picture of Timothy Healy Comment by Timothy Healy
on 01/25/12 at 01:55 AM

Funny you should mention Perry, Timothy. I just wrote another story for the Boston Globe on the quirky 45th Parallel Store in Perry. I'll check out Cobscook Bay Cottages next time I'm Down East. Thanks for the tip!

Picture of Steve Jermanok Comment by Steve Jermanok
on 01/25/12 at 02:45 PM

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Longtime Boston Globe travel writer, Steve Jermanok, dishes out his favorite travel locales and provides topical travel information that comes across his desk. is an Austin-Lehman Adventure's Top 125 Best Travel Blog Semi-Finalist

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