The Lobster Shack is located in perhaps one of the busiest locations on the Maine coast, Perkins Cove in Ogunquit. Don’t believe me, try parking there in the summer, or I should say, getting anywhere near it. It is popular for good reason, it’s packed with fantastic restaurants, shops and galleries. If that weren’t enough, it overlooks the ocean and there is about a mile walk along the coastline with gorgeous views. Fortunately, for me, a few places started opening in April before the mobs hit, which is the time for me. Lobster shack has a curious location because it actually shares a wall with another lobster shack, Footbridge Lobster, right next door. It would be easy to think, as I did at first that Footbridge is the takeout window for Lobster Shack, but they are completely separate entities. Both of which serve a great, fresh lobster roll. It would only be right to eat both if you made it all the way into Perkin’s Cove. I’m not a fan of the other lobster roll hot spot in Perkins Cove, Barnacle Billy’s, but they do have the best view of the three.
The inside of Lobster Shack has a very cozy, warm feel. It was cold on the day I visited, so that’s a positive. It’s all pine wood benches, tables and walls. I should also mention that they have something that I don’t see often, but all lobster places should have, a sink for washing your hands without waiting to go to the bathroom, genius.
When I asked if they cook the meat fresh themselves for the lobster rolls, the friendly gentleman at the counter said that they sure do, several times throughout the day, and pointed to a tank of live lobsters. Which of course made me feel guilty because I don’t like meeting my meals while they are alive. Hypocritical, I know. The lobster roll here is really fantastic. The fresh picked meat, lightly coated in mayo just melts in your mouth and the standard split top bun, which I, at first thought was burnt, actually added a nice browned butter flavor that was quite nice. Overall, this is a great spot to enjoy a top notch lobster roll.
Weighed in at 5.6 ounces
Visited April 2013