Mention Maine and it’s not surprising to have the response be something about lobster. Those who have been here remember with pleasure its tasty goodness while those who have Maine on their bucket list can’t wait for their first bite.
At our house, we welcome guests with the traditional Maine fare of lobster, corn and potatoes. The hubby is in charge of preparing, and knowing that some folks are having lobster for the first time he makes getting to the meat as easy as possible.
He slits the shell so the tail comes out in one piece and cracks and drains the claws to eliminate some of the messiness. Those steps definitely reduce the amount of hard work involved in eating a lobster.
A real favorite for lobster lovers is the lobster roll, and Maine is full of lobster shacks.
One that is always crowded, rain or shine, in the summer is the much publicized Red’s Eats in Wiscassett. People stand in line as long as an hour for the privilege of paying $30, yes $30, for a roll piled high with 8 ounces of lobster meat. Unless you are really hungry that is enough to share which makes the price seem like a good deal!
Red’s may be the most famous lobster shack in Maine, but my preference is for those in out of the way places where the line isn’t as long and the food equally good and likely less costly.
Too, the view may be one that makes the lobster roll taste even better!
A final word about lobster rolls. They must be made only with fresh lobster seasoned with a bit of mayonnaise or served with melted butter. Ask any Mainer, and you’ll learn that made any other way it is not a real lobster roll.