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Tracey’s Seafood – Sullivan, Maine

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Tracey’s lobster roll is in my book, Lobster Rolls of New England!!

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Thurston’s Lobster Pound – Bernard, Maine

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Lobster Roll Thurston's Lobster Pound Bernard, Maine

Cool little lobster pound hidden back off a hidden road.  This is what you picture when you go to a lobster pound in Maine.  Steam coming out of the cooking area, very authentic.  It overlooks a lovely bay, but we went on a rainy day, which lends to the Maine ambiance, but isn’t quite as pictuesque, especially when everyone is squishing in to the indoor dining area.  It seemed a bit cut throat to get a table.  Thank goodness we arrived right before the dinner rush.  Obviously very fresh meat, large chunks of cold, nicely mayoed tail and claw.  They definitely could have used more lobster meat, it was a little skimpy.  When I moved over the meat to make an ideal meat:bread ratio, bread was left over, not ideal.  I would say that the standard hot dog roll was over grilled, crisp to the point that it was scratching the roof of my mouth with each bite.  I want to go back on a nice day to sit outside and try a lobster meal, but I wouldn’t bother with the lobster roll again, nothing special.

http://thurstonslobster.com/

Visited September 2011

Thurston's Lobster Pound on Urbanspoon

Stewman’s Lobster Pound – Bar Harbor, Maine

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Lobster Roll at Stewman's Lobster Pound Bar Harbor, Maine

Maybe one of the best views of maybe the prettiest spot on the east coast, in my opinion.  The Bar Harbor location of Stewmans overlooks Frenchman’s Bay, the only other view that rivals it is at Galyn’s.  One is indoor and the other outdoor, so I guess it depends on the weather.  The lobster roll here is an adequate roll.  It is all claw meat with a nice amount of mayo on a nicely grilled standard white hot dog roll.  I actually found it surprising that it was all claw since that seems not to be the standard in this slice of the world.  But, this spot seems really to be more of a tourist joint geared toward the mobs of cruise ship passengers.  Luckily, there was no ship in town the day we tried it out.  I wouldn’t come back here for the food, but the view is amazing and they have a rather extensive menu and serve booze.  Perfect spot to have a glass of wine while taking in maybe the best view in Maine. 

http://www.stewmanslobsterpound.com/

Visited September 2011

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Down East Lobster Pound – Trenton, Maine

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Lobster Roll at Down East Lobster Pound Trenton, Maine

I liked this lobster roll so much I felt the need to take a photo of myself doing a thumbs up.  It was maybe my favorite of the MDI/Bar Harbor area and there is some stiff competition in this neck of the woods.  It’s a close call with Docksiders in Northwest Harbor.  It seems like the there is some sort of dividing line for Maine lobster rolls.  I think it’s somewhere north of Camden, where the overall quality starts to go way up.  You don’t find much frozen meat or lobster rolls without tail meat up here, high quality stuff.  I would say the only other region where you could go, stop anywhere, and have an excellent chance of getting a great lobster roll would be the New Hampshire coast.  Something weird happens between the Maine border and Camden where too many places seem to think it’s ok to serve frozen and/or shredded, low quality meat.  Anyway, back to Down East, the meat was very tender, briny, perfect tasting.  There were large chunks of tail, claw, knuckle and they were very generous about the portion, not quite so much that you need a fork, but right at the border, fantastic.  Just the right amount of mayo, paprika, but it didn’t bother me at all in this case.  The roll was the standard white hot dog roll, but it was grilled to buttery perfection.  There is somewhat of a water view from the picnic tables, but you have to look for it.  Great lobster roll, don’t miss it if you’re in the area. 

Visited September 2011

Down East Lobster Pond on Urbanspoon

Lunts Gateway Lobster Pound – Trenton, Maine

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Lobster Roll at Lunts Gateway Lobster Pound Trenton, Maine

This place really puts the salad in lobster salad roll.  The iceberg lettuce actually comes up to the top of the bread.  I know lots of people are into lettuce on their lobster roll, I’m not, but I imagine this one would be a bit much even for the lettuce lovers.  It actually tasted like eating a salad.  The meat itself was good, tender, tasty, but there didn’t seem to be much of it.  There were large chunks of tail and claw and too much mayo.  Once I took the test bite, as is, then I got rid of the lettuce and only got a few bites with the right amount of lobster, lots of bread left.  The bread was your standard wonder type roll, barely grilled, not even a little crisp.  Not my favorite, but there is some tough competition in the MDI area.  A note about the restaurant ambiance.  I just got takeout from the restaurant, the window was closed.  This is one oddly decorated place.  It looks like a tag sale of a ton of kitchy junk, toys, chotchkies, all manner of crazy stuff.  Mind you, I don’t mean in the charming way that some places decorate with vintage kitch.  I mean genuinely cluttered and without any rhyme or reason to it that I could tell, kind of like a reformed hoarder style of decorating.  I wish I had taken a photo, but sadly, you’ll have to check it out for yourself, or not.  I notice there are no photos of the interior on their website.  I’m also noticing that the lobster roll on their website doesn’t even have any mayo, wonder which one I got.

http://www.luntsgatewaylobster.com/

Vistited September 2011

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