Maine is known for some of the freshest seafood in the whole of the United States. The waters around the area are especially known for producing some of the freshest and best tasting lobsters, clams and shrimp. Every year thousands of tourists flock here just to sample what the waters of Maine have to offer.
If you ever find yourself down in Maine here are some of the lobster shacks you definitely shouldn’t miss.
1447 Five Islands Rd, Georgetown, ME 04548
Prices: around 15 USD per person
Five Islands Lobster Co. is a not so hidden gem along the coast of Maine. The outdoor seating area provides a great view of the islands and is one of the reasons why so many people flock to this place. Although overrun with people the last few summers, Five Islands Lobster Co.’s seafood is so freshly caught that a lot of the times the seafood doesn’t even make it to the tanks. Perched right on an active fishing wharf, it is not uncommon for the day’s catch to make its way directly to the kitchen.
The seating is entirely outdoor, not that you’d want indoor seating anyway if the weather permitted. The teal colored picnic tables and the fresh air is all the ambiance you will need to enjoy fresh seafood. Pick your lobster and have some corn on the cob with that. You can also head on next door to the fry shack to order some onion rings. The fried seafood and onion rings are all hand breaded.
This place boasts of some of the best fried clams in all of Maine, so you definitely have to remember to try that.
315 Island Rd, South Thomaston, ME 04858
Prices: 30-50 USD
McLoons Lobster Shack is the perfect example of what a great roadside lobster shack should be. Located directly across a working lobster wharf, the place is warm, cozy, casual, easy going but with a pretty great view. The lobster wharf is located on the picturesque island of Spruce Head, right across the shack, so while dining on some of the best seafood available this side of Maine, you can actually see the lobsterman bringing in the day’s catch.
The only thing that can rival the view at McLoons is the kind of food they serve. Fresh seafood is the order of the day and the dishes are all prepared without fanfare and complicated techniques, just good old seafood prepared the traditional way.
For those who aren’t too interested in seafood (you must be allergic coz who would pass up the opportunity to sink their teeth into some nice lobster) the shack serves corn chowder, grilled cheese sandwich and juicy burgers. If you ever find yourself at McLoons, order the fresh lobster roll, all the locals think that these are the best lobster rolls in the area.
There is a price to pay for fresh seafood though and that’s the reason why McLoons is only open seasonally from Memorial Day – Columbus Day from 11am-7pm.
129 State Route 32, New Harbor, ME 04554
New Harbor is one of the very few remaining true fishing villages in the area, if not in the United States. So at Shaw’s Fish & Lobster Wharf you can be sure that you’re getting the freshest catch from local fishermen. The restaurant itself sits partly on stilts on water, where fishing boats can actually park next door to drop off their catch. After the fishermen drop off the day’s catch you can be sure they will be catching lunch at Shaw’s. In fact, all day everyday there are fishermen in the restaurant. This in itself is a testament to the kind of seafood Shaw’s serves.
If Shaw’s is good enough for the guys who really know what fresh out the water seafood tastes like, then Shaw’s is more than good enough for the rest of us.
Just recently, Shaw’s Fish & Lobster was included in a list of Top 10 Lobster Shack’s in Maine by Travel + Leisure Magazine. What’s not to love about Shaw’s? Cold beer and fresh lobster while sitting at the wharf or at the deck above, that’s the dream life. Shaw’s is especially popular for their Lobster rolls (I heard they serve 10,000 of those every year!).
Another dish to try is the Shaw’s Maine clam chowder. You can’t go to Maine without having chowder, right? And Shaw’s serves some of the best.
16 Chauncey Creek Rd, Kittery Point, ME 03905
Prices: 11-30 USD
Chauncey Creek Lobster pier is located at the southern coastal border of Maine. An hour’s drive away from Boston, it’s the state’s most accessible lobster shack (if you’re driving out from Boston anyway). This lobster place is located right alongside a creek so boats can drive up to it and drop off their fresh catch every day.
Chauncey Creek’s allows you to bring your own wine, beer, appetizers or what-have-you, not that they don’t have really great fries and onion rings to whet your appetite before chowing down on some of the best lobsters this side of Maine.
The menu has since expanded but it really is worth trying some of the staples. Boiled lobster, fresh bread and corn on the cob never go out of style and a lot of those who frequent the joint argue that Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier’s fresh Maine lobsters are the best, bar none.
36 Main Street, South Freeport, ME 04078
Prices: 11-30 USD
The Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster Company is a lobster shack as well as a fully operating fishing business. Like most other lobster shacks, the Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster Company only operates seasonally from May to October.
It’s been around since the 1970’s which means that for over 40 years the Coffin Family, the family that runs and owns the place, has successfully maintained great quality food and a small-town family atmosphere.
The restaurant has both an inside dining room and an outdoor dining area. Being that the Coffin family runs a lobster fishing company along with their restaurant, you can expect that the all the seafood you could have at Harraseeket was caught minutes before it became a scrumptious meal worth a Michelin star.
Aside from really fresh lobster rolls, the restaurant also offers clams, scallop, Maine shrimp as well as amazing desserts baked from the Coffin family recipe book. A favorite is the whoopie pie, but you have a wide variety of pies, cookies and ice cream to choose from.