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J’s Oyster Bar – Portland, Maine

Lobster Roll at J's Oyster Bar Portland, Maine

Cool little, tiny divey bar with tables on the dock in cute old port section.  Kind of like what a lobster shack might be like in winter…with booze.  Rocking great 80’s hits, fun vibes.  Very crowded even at 2pm on Thursday in winter.  Packed with locals, always a good sign.  Oysters did look delish but bypassed that for lobster stew and lobster roll.  The menu said stew was in clear broth but was divine pink creamyness packed with lobster chunks.  Extremely good stuff, might go back just for that.  Lobster roll was good but nothing memorable.  I liked that meat was served dry with mayo on side.  All claw meat, smallish chunks,cold, minimal spongey.  Hot dog roll seemed a bit tastier than the usual white wonder bread.  Nicely buttery grilled on inside and outside.  I, of course, requested butter and used stew as topping a lot.  Not sure why no one serves a stew lobster roll.  If I were making a lobster roll establishment, I would give three options, butter, mayo and lobster stew topping.  I really think the stew could be a winner.  Overall not bad, but the stew is what I’ll be thinking about.

Visited March 2011

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  1. I just found your wonderful and clever blog! J’s is a favorite for my husband and I. I look forward to reading all your Maine entries and getting out to try them! Yum.

  2. Sally, we love J’s and try to go for lunch every August when we are in Higgins Beach. Never tried their lobster roll because we feel we have the best at our B&B, The Breakers! But their oysters are yummy!

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