It’s not easy to find this cute, silver purveyor of tastiness if you’re not familiar with the area, but it’s well worth it. It’s actually located in a park and my GPS got confused by that destination. The gentleman at Bite into Maine couldn’t be nicer, on the phone he walked us through directions and when we got there, he was more than happy to talk about his fantastic lobster roll and what makes it great. The lobster meat he uses is fresh picked, which is always key to a top tier lobster roll. He pointed out that it’s a question that needs to be asked before ordering a lobster roll because so many in Maine these days, even ones you don’t think, use previously frozen lobster meat.
The choices here involve Maine style (mayo) and Connecticut style (butter) and four more , which I didn’t have the stomach space to try this time around. Frankly, when they were ready, I really couldn’t tell which was which. They are both served with the meat cold, which isn’t technically Connecticut style, it would need to be warm meat for that. This inability to tell the difference was a good thing for the Maine style roll because the meat was tossed with just enough mayo to make it glossy, but not visible. For the CT style, the butter was served on the side. I have to say, I didn’t prefer this one. Most likely because I was expecting it to be warm, but also because I prefer my butter tossed to poured on myself. I like a cup of butter to dip my cold, mayo lobster rolls into. When there is no mayo and you try to dip, the meat all falls out and doesn’t stay in the bun for a good butter bite.
Bun was your standard split top white bun, perfectly buttery grilled on both. I had heard the hype about Bite Into Maine being one of the great lobster rolls in Maine and I must say, every bit of it is true. The meat is perfectly cooked, tender, flavorful, chunks, generous amount, minimal spongies, and perfect meat:bread ratio. It had everything I look for in a great lobster roll except tail meat (and a bakery fresh bun, but that’s so rare, I don’t take off points for not including it). This was one of the rare times when a lobster roll is so good that I don’t even miss the tail meat, putting it in in my top tier of all lobster rolls. Actually, the only other time I didn’t miss the tail meat was Sander’s Fish Market. They use a bakery fresh bun, so technically, I have to give Sander’s the edge on this one, but Bite into Maine is well worth driving far out of your way for.
I really knew I loved this lobster roll on my victory lap of Columbus Day weekend in Maine. What is a victory lap you may ask? Well, I try lots of lobster rolls all season long, and honestly, many of them are crap, lots are decent, but not good enough for me to want to hit again. Then there are the good and the great ones. Victory lap weekend is where I figure out the difference between whether I thought it was good or great. Some lobster rolls have all the elements of a very good lobster roll, but when I get to Maine, I’m not feeling the overwhelming need to be sure I eat that lobster roll before it disappears for the long winter. It’s kind of like a last meal, but my last meal lasts for a four day weekend and involves as much lobster as I can fit in before I pop. This one made my victory lap craving list. FYI, here’s the victory lap list from 2012, in quasi order, I can never really decide: Clam Shack, Five Islands, Boothbay Lobster Wharf, Bite into Maine, Sanders Fish Market, Erica’s, Red’s, and Muscongus. Also, picking up lobster meat at Atlantic Edge to make a few when I get home. I can’t say this is an exhaustive list of lobster rolls I crave, it’s Mainely focused (pun intended, ha) and seasonal focused. I also find myself craving Woodman’s, JT Farnham’s, Captain Scott’s, Roy Moore’s, Eastwind, High Tide Gourmet, Champlin’s and Ford’s.
But, I digress, back to Bite into Mane. The other thing that sets this cute little not quite truck, not quite trailer apart, is the view. I would eat this lobster roll anywhere, but it happens to be in a lovely park overlooking the ocean with a lighthouse. If you can handle not eating your lobster roll right away, which is tough, you could walk across the street and find a picnic table with one of the best views in Maine while eating one of the great lobster rolls of Maine.
Weighed in at 7 oz.
Bite Into Maine webpage
Visited August 2012