Whether you prefer metal crackers and a bib or silverware and white porcelain, Maine restaurants serve up the state’s famous bottom-dwellers with ceremony and flair. Take a seat on the wharf with a local brew, vats of melted butter and a lobster so fresh you saw its antennae curl as it hit boiling water. We discover ten top places that make Maine lobster renowned for being the best in the world.
An elegant and reliable favorite in downtown Portland, 555 offers stellar service, an intimate atmosphere, and inventive dishes focused on local ingredients. A must-try ‘savory plate’ is 555’s truffled lobster mac & cheese, a rich and delicately flavored combination of butter-poached Maine lobster, artisanal cheeses, white truffle oil, and black truffles. 555’s weekly Sunday brunch menu often features lobster in breakfast-fare such as ‘traitor’s eggs’ – poached eggs with lobster, spinach, lemon-chive hollandaise and a home-made biscuit.
Perhaps the most famous spot in Maine for lobster rolls, Red’s Eats’ red and white striped shack has received national acclaim for many years running. A favorite of tourists and certainly some locals, Red’s Eats is located on the scenic Sheepscot River in Wiscassett. Whilst it is a convenient lunch spot for anyone making their way along the coastal Route One, be prepared for long lines. Red’s classic lobster roll appears at the shack window with heaping claw and tail meat and extra mayo and butter on the side if so desired.
Red’s Eats, 41 Water St., Wiscassett, Maine, USA, +1 207 882 6128
Located on a small island connected to the mainland by a swing-bridge, Robinson’s Wharf offers what Mainers know to be the most inexpensive fresh twin lobster meal in the USA. The ‘twin lobster’ features two lobsters, steamed corn, and coleslaw. For those who dislike the process of cracking claws and the prospect of squirting lobster juices, Robinson offers the ‘Lazy Lobster’ – fresh picked lobster sautéed in butter, served with a starch and vegetables. For those visitors who can’t get enough lobster or want to share with friends at home, the Robinson’s seafood market ships anywhere in the States.