SideDish Does Maine Lobster Shacks: Route One and Bar Harbor

Again, thanks to all of you for your suggestions for lobster shacks along Highway One from Boston to Bar Harbor. We did our best to hit as many as we could in a little less than two days. We drove to six and ate at four. (Bad planning–two are closed on Mondays.)

Below you’ll find pictures. Here is how we ranked the lobster rolls we tried.

1. Harrasseeket  2. Morse’s  3. Sprague’s  4. Barnacle Billy’s.

We also sampled lobster rolls in Boston at Legal Seafood (too much tricked up mayo for me) and Summer Shack which was basically fresh lobster on bread. Delicious.

Jump for the joy of eating in Maine in the summer.

First stop.
Lobster roll at Harrasseeket.
Stopped at this joint on our way but it was closed.
We drove to Waterman's Beach Lobster in South Thomaston but it was closed. So sad.
Estes Lobster House in South Harpswell.
Lobster roll with gentle touch of mayonnaise at Estes Lobster House.
Stopped at Red's in Wiscasset. There was at least an hour wait. We didn't wait. Walked across the street to Sprague's.
Sprauge's is across the street from Red's in Wiscasset. Only waited 15 minutes for great roll. Can't imagine it is any better at Red's. Little mayo; better view of the Sheepscot from their patio.
We grabbed a six-pack Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale and decided to find a lobster take out place and do a picnic. Best beer I tried. Managed to get a few home. Need more.
We hit Trenton Bride Lobster Pound for take out lobster.
Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound in Trenton, Maine. (Just south of Bar Harbor.)
Our dinner in progress.
Lobsters cooking at Trenton Bridge (Trenton, Maine) and rental cars.
Cooking lobsters roadside.
Picnic dinner. $52. Black flies and mosquitoes free.
Tiny frog in Acadia National Park.
On the way back we stopped at Barnacle Billy's in Ogunquit. Too much mayo for me but my buddy Evan loved it.

9 comments on “SideDish Does Maine Lobster Shacks: Route One and Bar Harbor

  1. I know it can’t be nearly as good, but how does Seabreeze’s lobster roll stand up? I hear they fly in their bread from the east coast…

  2. Try the lobster roll at Rex’s (only available on Friday’s). Good as anything I’ve had during my trips to Mount Desert Island…

  3. Ah, Barnacle Billy’s in Ogunquit. I had a less than pleasurable experience the last time I ate there (server related), but I can’t wait to get back to Ogunquit.

  4. TWillow, what makes Red’s that much better? Mere, the bread in all cases was fresh. Some were a little toastier than others. Of course those lightly coated with butter before toasting were the best. Roll must be soft with a light crunch.

  5. Jon, the lobster per pound varied. We paid $52 for the take out lobster at Trenton Bridge which was 2 lobsters (one 21/2 and one 11/2 lb) plus corn, cole slaw, melted butter, plates, napkins, bibs etc…Other places we saw them up to $20 a pound. Lobster rolls ranged from $13.95 to $17.95 each.

  6. One of my favorite photos of my husband and I was taken in front of those big pots of boiling water at Trenton Bridge about 7 years ago. I remember the lobster being so yummy!

    I will go to Seabreeze when I need a lobster roll fix, but it just isn’t the same as what is up in Maine. The last time we were at Seabreeze I coukd have sworn that they had put cilantro in the lobster roll. It wasn’t necessarily bad, it was just a bit unexpected.