I never actually imagined I would be trying this place so soon. I mean, it’s north of Bar Harbor, which is of course kind of no man’s land. It was on my list as it had been in the lobster shack book I love to reference and for some reason I think it was on some food show. So, imagine my surprise as we headed up Rt 1 on Easter Sunday to see it right there, not far from Elsworth and shock of all shocks, open on Easter Sunday, until 8pm! Since my stomach was in no mood for lunch at the time, I just stopped in to confirm that they had a lobster roll and that it was fresh picked by them, never frozen. Sure enough, in fact the waitress I asked actually gave me a bit of a friendly eye roll, like, of course it’s fresh picked, why would it be anything else, that’s ridiculous? I agree. So, we stopped back by for dinner, and by dinner after poking around the coast and the “other” Acadia. Worth seeing, by the way, if you have not.
The evening shift didn’t seem quite as on the ball as the lunch shift. After standing there for a few minutes, a waitress told me to have a seat anywhere. I did, then a lady sitting at another table informed me that the table I had chosen was reserved. Once settled in at an approved table with menus, it took a rather significant amount of time before I was able to place an order, longer for water, the food came fairly soon after placing the order, but the check was another wait. I don’t like to color my judgement of the lobster roll at a location because of the service, but this gal really made it challenging. On the other hand, the owner (I assume she was the owner) was an exceedingly friendly woman, who was having a great time making the rounds to the tables and being the Easter bunny. You could pick out an egg from her basket and you won candy or other menu items, every egg was a winner. I saw a guy win a shrimp cocktail app. It really was fun and a nice touch, she even noticed when Ken came in and joined me, some time after I had sat down. I did win a lovely bag full of Easter candy and received it, well before I got water or saw my waitress, so that happened.
Ruth and Wimpy’s really is quite a unique place. Kind of like a museum of Americana/diner/lobstering establishment. I quite liked it. Outside, there is a guy with steaming pots in brick ovens where you can walk up on a boat and watch him work. I’m not entirely sure what he was doing that day since it seemed to be mostly locals and I didn’t actually see any whole lobsters come out. There is a classic car parked across the front and apparently there is usually a huge lobster statue, but I guess he hadn’t made it out this early in the season. The inside is quite cute, pine walls, diner booths, toy car collection covering one wall (if you collect them, I assume you don’t call them toys, but I don’t know what to call them). License plates covering the other walls, quite kitschy in a fun way.
I ordered the regular and the jumbo lobster rolls. The regular was good size, standard buttery bun, could have been better grilled, fresh picked tail, claw, knuckle lightly coated in mayo. It was decent, but I felt like Tracey’s, farther up Rt 1 was way better. But, to be perfectly honest, it could have been my mood from sitting at a table for 45+ minutes before food arrived. The jumbo was really something to behold. It really was a bun the size of a large hoagie, filled with lobster and shredded iceberg. It was also good, but pulling of a good meat:bread:lettuce ratio would be impossible without putting in so much meat that you would have to charge $50+. It was more of a sub experience than a lobster roll, but still good and worth trying. The weight really, is mostly the dense bread. I, of course, pushed the meat down the bun until I had the meat:bread ratio the way I like it, but Ken thought it was quite good as is, and liked that it was more filling. Ruth and Wimpy’s is certainly worth a try, and is obviously very popular with the locals, which is always a good thing. Maybe I’ll try it again, but judging by how crowded they were on Easter Sunday, this place must be a mad house in the summer. On the other hand, maybe they have a take out window then, which could only be a good thing.
Regular weighed in at 4.8 oz., jumbo weighed in at 13.9 oz.
Visited March 2013