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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

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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.

Vistited September 2011

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