Two years ago we created our Map of Maine Lobster Shacks in response to Travel + Leisure’s list of the 10 Best Lobster Shacks in Maine. We thought they had overlooked some good ones, so we added them. Our readers agreed, and suggested some more, which we have also added.
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More recently, some of our guests at our Freeport Maine Bed & Breakfast have categorically stated that they were here to eat lobster. Lobster for every meal (except breakfast, as they eat that at Brewster House, of course). Lobster in every way they can find it. So, where to go?
Freeport’s Economic Development office lists 33 restaurants. That is certainly more than we can cover in one blog post, but the truth is, nearly all of them serve lobster in one form or another, whether a traditional whole lobster dinner, a lobster roll, lobster stew, lobster bisque, or something more exotic.
Lobster rolls can be found at McDonalds (yes, McDonalds), as well as several other restaurants, including the Corsican Restaurant, the Broad Arrow Tavern, the Freeport Chowder House, and the Lobster Cooker,
The Freeport Chowder House also has lobster cakes (like crab cakes, but different).
Many places, including Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster, at the South Freeport wharf, have a full lobster dinner, featuring the traditional steamed whole lobster. Jameson Tavern offers this, and several fairly traditional lobster formulas, like lobster tail, steak & lobster, lobster with chowder and steamed clams, and a lazy man’s lobster (all the work of shelling it is done for you). Lobster Alfredo can be found at Petrillo’s.
One of Freeport’s newest restaurants is Linda Bean’s Maine Kitchen and Topside Tavern. Linda is the granddaughter of legendary L.L. Bean. Her restaurant offers a variety of Maine seafood, including several lobster dishes.
The Maine Dining Room at the Harraseeket Inn features several lobster dishes this summer, including Lobster Spring Roll, Lobster Crepe, Lobster Stew, Lobster and Spinach Fetuccini, and Steamed Lobster.
But perhaps the most variety, all with their usual outstanding quality and flavorful sauces, is Azure Cafe (home to the 2010 Maine Lobster Chef of the Year), who has lobster salad, a lobster version of their Seafood Risotto and also their Sicilian Style Cioppino, a full steamed lobster dinner (they guarantee the best price in town), a lobster Fetuccini Alfredo, and a Lobster Scampi.
Of course, if you still need more variety, the many and varied restaurants of Portland are only a short drive away, and just beyond is Kennebunkport, Wells, and Kittery, while to the north are several great lobster shacks, such as Shaws in New Harbor, Five Islands Lobster Shack on Georgetown Island, and many, many more!