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Graffam Bros. Seafood Shack – Pure Maine Lobster!

Lobsters To Go Since 1946

Located in Rockland, Maine  just minutes from the historic harbor, Graffam Bros. Seafood Shack is a roadside gem serving sandwiches, salads and fried seafood favorites such as haddock, clams, scallops, shrimp and more!   Indulge in the steamed lobster with the melted butter or enjoy lobster rolls overflowing with locally sourced lobster meat dressed in mayonnaise and served on a toasted bun. Order at the window and dine at one of the outdoor tables – or take your summer seafood to go!  Situated across from the Graffam Bros. Seafood Market which is open year round, the shack is open in the warmer months only. Yum!

Why we love it:  This place is fast, easy and worth the visit!

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  • Seasonal (May – October)
  • Lunch, Dinner (Hours Vary. Call Ahead)
  • 211 Union Street, Rockport, Maine
  • (207) 236-8391
  • www.lobsterstogo.com

 

 

Robert’s Maine Grill – Emphasizes Local Ingredients and Craft Beer

Contemporary Take on the Classic Maine-Seafood Eatery 

At Robert’s Maine Grill, the mission is to take the best local ingredients, prepare them with traditional Maine influence and serve them to guests with attention and care.  This eatery is a favorite among locals and travelers from near and far.

Their menu items represent the best of traditional New England seafood prepared with modern flair and attention to detail.  Their chefs source products locally and have numerous relationships with many nearby organic farms.  Try the classics, like the table side New England Clambake or beer battered fish and chips, or sample the much loved onion rings and lobster sliders!  Robert’s Maine Grill serves some of the best micro brewed beer from around the state of Maine.  They also offer a carefully chosen wine list and finely-crafted cocktails.

Why we love it:  They’re right across from the shopping outlets.  Try the mouthwatering lobster rolls!

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Bob’s Clam Hut – Maine Comfort Food Ordered at a Window

Long Running Pit Stop for Fried Clams and Lobster Rolls

Established in 1956 on busy Route One long before that stretch became bustling and busy with Kittery’s outlet shops.  Bob’s has been locals’ golden fried standard for decades!  Now entering it’s 60th year, Bob’s is a favorite spot for locals and travelers alike.

Guests are quick to say “No trip to the area” is complete without a meal at Bob’s Clam Hut.  Bob’s is committed to serving traditional Maine fried seafood with straightforward simplicity.  They follow Bob’s original recipes, including famous tartar sauce.  Customer favorites include Bob’s New England Clam Chowder, Lobster Stew, Lobster Roll, traditional fried clams and the Lillian fried clams.

Why we love it:  Bob’s appeared on Food Network’s Diner’s, Drive-Ins and Dives

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Holbrook’s Snack Bar – Right on the Wharf

Watch Cundy’s Harbor Fishermen at Work

Open daily, this little gem offers great food while you watch Cundy’s Harbor fishermen at work. Operated by Gilmore’s Seafood and Take Out from Bath bringing years of experience in providing delicious fresh seafood to the public.

With plenty of coastal charm, it’s fun that this restaurant is located right on the wharf.  Of course there are great views!  They will also offer Lobster and Clam Bakes by reservation for parties of 10 or more.

Why we love it: A fun place to visit and enjoy a lobster roll.  

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Nunan’s Lobster Hut – A Family Tradition

Lobsters In the Rough!

This small but mighty famous lobster venue has an interesting history. In 1932, Captain George Nunan, after years of Grand Banks schooner fishing, returned home to Cape Porpoise, Maine to pursue lobster and mackerel fishing. In 1951, George placed a cooking kettle under the elm tree in his front yard to sell cooked lobsters. He would sell the first one for $1.25, and then .80 cents for every one after that.  With business booming more than his small kettle could handle, in 1953 he converted his workshop into the same kitchen used today.

With delights such as lobster stew this cutey offers a great location.  Please note cash only and offers beer and wine.

Why we love it:  The lobster and pies made from scratch!

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Estes Lobster House – Seafood with a View!

Popular Lobster Restaurant

Situated in a tranquil part of Maine, Estes Lobster House is a 200 seat family style seafood restaurant with beautiful ocean views from every seat!  They boast an outside sunset patio with fire pit and granite steps to the ocean. Heaven!

Serving lobsters, seafood, chicken, chowders, sandwiches and salads for over 60 years and appearing on many favorite lists (local and visitors alike.)

Why we love it: Has a Lobster Mac & Cheese featured on “Throwdown! with Bobby Flay” on The Food Network.

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  • Seasonal
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Route 123 1906 Harpswell Neck Road, South Harpswell, Maine
  • (207) 833-6340
  • esteslobster@gmail.com
  • www.esteslobsterhouse.com
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Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster Company – On Many Favorite Lists

A Charmer and Fantastic Food

Located on the wharf at the end of Main Street in South Freeport, Maine just three miles from L.L. Bean. Come and enjoy the beautiful South Freeport Harbor in the dining room or at the picnic tables under the awning, all at the water’s edge.

Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster has been featured on TV shows like Rachel Ray, numerous articles in papers from Massachusetts and New York, Downeast Magazine, New England Magazine, Favorite Lobster shacks, etc. The lobster pound is conveniently attached to the dining room with outside service windows across the walkway over the water.  This is cash only and BYOB.

Why we love it: Featured on TV and many print articles, this is a cult favorite!  

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Cape Pier Chowder House – Spectacular Views

Offering Great Food with Views of Lobster Boats!

Open seasonally, Cape Pier Restaurant serves a variety of meals to satisfy any appetite, including fresh caught lobster, shrimp, and scallops, all in a relaxing and casual atmosphere.  Situated at the end of Pier Road next to the town pier and alongside the beautiful Maine coast, the restaurant directly overlooks the water, providing diners with a view of local lobster boats in the harbor. Seating is available either inside the restaurant or outside on the deck.
Cape Pier Restaurant also holds private parties and Lobster Bakes on the Chowder House deck. Host a party for up to 100 people and let Cape Pier Restaurant do the cooking!

Why we love it: The eye candy surrounding the restaurant.  

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Barnacle Billy’s – Delicious and Charming!

Freshest Lobster Around

An often named favorite on lobster shack lists, this featured spot offers extensive indoor and sundeck seating where guests can enjoy both the beauty of the harbor and the ocean beyond.  Over fifty years in business, Barnacle Billy’s restaurant has been known for its luxury lobster, steamed clams, large lusty drinks, barbecued chicken, homemade clam chowder, and of course, the lobster roll and lobster stew.

With a lovely view of Perkins Cove, this is an idyllic spot.  Take time before or after your meal to linger and look over the moored boats.  It’s a charming spot and worth the trip!

Why we love it: A meal with a view.  Why not enjoy the scenic eye candy?  

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Muscongus Bay Lobster – On the Harbor

A Rustic and Cool Looking Place to Enjoy Lobster

Muscongus Bay Lobster Company is a family owned and operated, located on scenic Round Pond Harbor in Round Pond, Maine.

At the open air restaurant, you can personally select your own lobsters from the tanks. They specialize in locally farmed oysters, locally dug soft shell clams, and fresh, locally grown sweet Maine corn.  It’s also BYOB.

Why we love it: The offer a choice of white or wheat for the lobster roll!

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Young’s Lobster Pound – Overlooking Penobscot Bay

Lobster, Crabs, Clams and More Fresh Seafood

Come by car or by boat (they have a place you can tie up on the dock.)  This is the place to come for great Maine Lobster, with lovely views and service.  Overlooking beautiful Penobscot Bay, Young’s Lobster Pound offers a picnic style restaurant where you can bring your own beer or wine!  Come enjoy eating your lobster dinner outback on the deck and even watch the sun set.

Open year round, Young’s is a very large place which can hold 500 people inside and out.  No frills here with a limited menu as they specialize in shipping lobster anywhere in the U.S. through FedEx.  However, this stop is high on lobster lovers visits to Maine!

Why we love it: 30,000 gallon lobster tank.  Now that’s a lot of lobster!

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Thurston’s Lobster Pound – Five Generations

Enjoy Your Lobster Overlooking Lobster Boats

With a long and charming history, FW Thurston Company, was started in 1946 when Fred Thurston purchased property from another family member.  Since then, the dock on Bass Harbor has sold fuel, bait, and supplies to local fishermen, while serving as a space to purchase the lobsters that they haul in.

The restaurant started out as a tiny kitchen and just 12 tables under a bright yellow awning. With a simple but delicious menu, and a friendly, laid back atmosphere, Thurston’s Lobster Pound is a popular spot for the summer tourist crowd and locals alike. Fresh local lobsters served with a smile, a salty breeze, and a view of the boats that brought them in, is what Thurston’s has always been about.

Why we love it: Two sizes of lobster rolls.  Get a fork for the big one!

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Shaw’s Fish and Lobster Wharf – In New Harbor

Rustic and Real 

Visit Shaw’s Wharf and you’re in for a true Maine experience.  Located just a little off the beaten path 60 miles north of Portland on the Pemaquid Peninsula, Shaw’s Wharf is in New Harbor – the scenic lobster village where Paul Newman and Kevin Costner filmed “Message in a Bottle”.

A rustic, salty lobster shack overlooking a working waterfront, Shaw’s Wharf offers the freshest lobster around.  Climb up to the second story deck, and watch local lobster fishermen unload their catch !   Shaw’s Wharf offers yummy lobster rolls made with “right off the boat” lobster meat, a hint of mayo and lemon. Worth the trip!

Why we love it:  Pull up a picnic table and enjoy steamed lobsters, clams and corn in the rough!

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The Landings Restaurant – Overlooking the Ocean

Cool and Casual

Reborn in 2013 when the Miller family took over, the Landings Restaurant offers fresh lobster entrees with a view!

One of three restaurants overlooking the bay, this casual eatery is open for lunch and dinner.   Offering lobster risotto, roasted lobster pie, lobster rolls with mayo and a hint of lemon and an incredible lobster BLT with a slab of (house-made, no preservatives) bacon, The Landings is a must stop when while visiting Rockland.

Why we love it:   Fresh lobster with a view!

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Joe Lane Lobsterman – Yes, a Lobster Cone!

Must Meals in the Summer

As you visit the Damariscotta region of Maine this summer, be sure to stop at Joe Lane Lobsterman for scrumptious lobster that’s sure to please!   A lobster food truck located on Elm Street, Joe Lane serves fresh lobster meat, lobster rolls, lobster BLTs, lobster tacos, lobster melts – and, yes, lobster cones!

Having nothing to do with ice cream, these lobster cones are a big hit! Joe Lane (a multi-generation lobsterman) makes each and every cone with the sweet and succulent meat of 1 1/2 local lobsters.  He loads chunks of lobster into his uniquely shaped paper cones and then adds packets of butter, mayo or even one of his dipping sauces in the side pockets.  He includes a few sea salt pita chips around the lobster – and there you have it!  The perfect low carb meal.

Why we love it:  Joe offers a massive 2 foot long lobster roll that won’t break the bank!

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  • Open Daily in the Summer; 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • 93 Elm Street, Damariscotta, Maine (near the back entrance to Skidompha Public Library)
  • (207) 208-9418
  • www.facebook.com/JoeLaneLobsterman 

 

 

Waterman’s Beach Lobster – True Maine

It’s All About Lobster!

A family-owned lobster shack serving lobster (fresh from the day’s catch), clams, homemade ice cream and pies, Waterman’s Beach Lobster is the real deal!    Enjoy your lobster overlooking Muscle Ridge Channel. If you bring your binoculars, you’ll be able to look out onto the islands and see lobstermen hauling hauling their traps!

For all you foodies  – the James Beard Foundation awarded Waterman’s Lobster with America’s Regional Classics Award in 2001 – a great honor for sure. As the James Beard Award proclaimed, “This restaurant is the quintessential Maine experience.”   Also featured on the Food Network in 2014. Enough said!

Why we love it.   Lobster – pure and simple.   You’ll need lots of napkins!  

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Five Islands Lobster Company – On a Fishing Village Wharf

Serving the Best Lobsters from Maine

Located right on a working wharf at the edge Sheepscot Bay in Georgetown, Maine – Five Islands Lobster Company is one of the best places to go for fresh, meaty Maine lobsters!    With lobsters hauled from the Atlantic Ocean daily,  you won’t find a place that serves any fresher. What’s more, Five Islands Lobster Company doesn’t store their lobsters in tanks – so that means you’ll indulge in the tastiest lobsters around.

Worked up an appetite after exploring this charming fishing village?   Sit on the deck overlooking the scenic harbor and enjoy your seafood feast.   How about freshly dug steamers and a 4.5 pound lobster?   Or try the Big Boy Lobster Roll loaded with twice the amount of meat that you’d find in the already packed lobster roll.    Five Islands Lobster Company doesn’t serve booze – so feel free to bring your own cooler with beer or wine.   Once you’re done with every crumb and morsel, be sure to head on over to the Ice Cream building for a couple of scoops of Annabelle’s Ice Cream .   Five Islands Lobster Company is pure yum!

Why we love it: Quintessential Maine experience.  Authentic, picturesque and offers on -the -wharf seating!

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Lunt’s Dockside Deli – Enjoy Lobster on an Off Shore Island

Homemade and Delicious!

Lunt’s Dockside Deli is the lone surviving food establishment on the off shore island of Frenchboro.  It is a  favorite stop for sail boaters and day trippers alike. Enjoy the varied menu while seated in open air or under the covered area on the working dock.  Lunt’s menu includes expertly steamed lobster, lobster items, burgers, pizza, and hot and cold sandwiches.  What’s more, they feature scratch made desserts, including their legendary blueberry pie!

Why we love it:    It’s pure Maine!

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Stewman’s Lobster Pounds – Two Oceanfront Locations

Local and Fresh

With two great locations in Bar Harbor, Maine – one downtown and the other at the Bar Harbor Regency hotel, Stewman’s Lobster Pound boasts the only authentic oceanfront lobster pounds in Bar Harbor. Enjoy steamed lobster, a lobster roll or a Downeast lobster bake in a relaxed atmosphere at either of the two ocean-side lobster pounds. All of the traditional ingredients include lobsters, steamers, mussels, clam chowder, corn on the cob, and fresh blueberry pie for dessert!

Interested in having a Downeast lobster bake catered for your special event? Stewman’s Lobster Pound provides a beautiful, unique setting with both indoor/outdoor seating and cocktail reception options for groups of 25 to 100!

Why we love it:  It’s so Maine!  Great seafood with salads and burgers, too.

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Portland Lobster Company – A Shack Like No Other!

Perfect Old Port Location 

Located on Commercial Street, right on a dock, Portland Lobster Company is the epitome of a perfect Maine lobster shack – fresh seafood, great views and plenty of salty air!    Open for lunch and dinner, Portland Lobster Company offers a full restaurant and take-out menu with live entertainment every day in the summer.   You simply order your lobster meal at the window and choose your seating – indoors or outdoors at the picnic tables shaded by red umbrellas.

Interested in a lobster roll, perhaps?  Portland Lobster Roll Company offers a giant lobster roll made with fresh picked meat from a one pound lobster, brushed with sweet butter and served on a toasted roll with both mayonnaise and lemon on the side.   With locally caught lobsters delivered twice a day, Portland Lobster Company offers steamed lobsters, too.  Ask for the 2 pounders!     Children’s menus are available complete with all natural chicken fingers, grilled cheese and haddock bites. Get crackin!

Why we love it:   The menu, the location and the local brews!  A triple play. 

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Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound – Pick Your Own Lobster

Traditionally Tasteful

A true Downeast Maine dining experience, Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound is located just before the bridge onto Thompson’s and Mount Desert Island. It is hard to miss with the row of wood-fired cookers out front smoking away – and the big sign on the roof that says, “LOBSTERS”.

A bright and cheery exterior, Trenton Bridge offers take out, live lobsters to cook at home, or a dine in restaurant. No linen table cloths or fancy glasses! Just good, old fashioned lobster fare, crackers, picks and plenty of napkins. Select the lobster of your choice and they take care of the rest. Lobsters and clams are prepared to perfection in seawater over wood-fired cookers! Watch your lobsters being cooked or wait with your friends and family inside or out at a table of your choice.

Why we love it:   Serving lobsters in the rough! 

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Sprague’s Lobster – A Popular Roadside Gem

Enjoy Fresh Lobster Outdoors!

Family owned and operated, this lobster shack is located on U.S. Route 1 – directly across from the famous Red’s Eats. This roadside gem offers what some say is, “the best lobster roll in the world!” With ample parking, an expansive deck dining area and nice views, Sprague’s Lobster offers generous portions of lobster meat on a buttered roll. Yum!

Why we love it:  The lines move quickly and they have a deck!

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  • Seasonal
  • Cash Only
  • 22 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine 04578
  • (207) 882-1236

 

Red’s Eats – A Summertime Legend Located on U.S. Route 1

A Long Standing Tradition 

Don’t let the long lines keep you away from Red’s Eats. Featured in publications too numerous to mention, Red’s Eats is a popular roadside take-out establishment located on U.S. Route 1 in Wiscasset. A favorite of locals and visitors alike, Red’s Eats offers lobster rolls loaded with heaping with chunks of lobster meat served with butter and mayo on the side.

Why we love it:  The wicked huge Lobstah Roll   

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  • Seasonal: May- October
  • Cash Only
  • 41 Water Street, Wiscasset, ME 04578
  • (207) 882-6128

 

Ogunquit Lobster Pound – Pick Your Lobster

Plan on a Fun and Fresh Lobster Dinner Here

Ogunquit is a lovely seaside community in Southern Maine, and maybe one of the most beautiful coastal villages in the state. Since 1931, the Ogunquit Lobster Pound Restaurant has been a Maine staple. Reasons to visit? In the heart of lobster country, this restaurant offers big steamers that ensure you a freshly cooked crustacean! The large dining room is the perfect place for a comfortable dinner. In addition to other yummy lobster items, Ogunquit Lobster Pound serves lobster stew with fresh chunks of lobster meat.

Why we love it:  You pick your own lobster from the pound!

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Mabel’s Lobster Claw – Authentic Maine Dining

Fresh Off the Boat

A friendly and casual eatery serving Lobster since 1953, Mabel’s Lobster Claw offers guests an authentic Maine dining experience! Cooking up the freshest seafood around, this restaurant uses lobsters that hauled off the pier across the street by the local lobstermen and then delivered to the back door! From lobster rolls to baked stuff lobsters loaded with scallops in a bread stuffing, Mabel’s Lobster Claw also prepares Lobster Savanna stuffed with scallops and shrimp in a creamy Newburg sauce, topped with provolone cheese – a Rachel Ray favorite! Frequented by the Bush Family for years, Mabel’s Lobster Claw is only a mile from downtown Dock Square. 

Why we love it: They serve Lobster Savanna. Yum!

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  • Open Daily
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Reservations recommended for dinner in season
  • 124 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine 04046
  • (207) 967 – 2562
  • www.mabelslobster.com

 

DiMillo’s on the Water – A Floating Restaurant

Fresh Seafood from Local Waters

Portland is a charming small “city” on the coast and scenic in its own right, but pair it with a “floating” restaurant and waterviews and it gets even better! Every one of DiMillo’s tables offers spectacular views of Portland Harbor and it offers two outside decks in you prefer to take in the salty air while you dine. With a full menu to choose from, you can enjoy DiMillo’s on the Water to wine and dine on a lobster dinner or kick back and be casual with a lobster roll. The lunch and dinner menu offers something for seafood and land lovers alike.

Why we love it:  It floats!

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Boothbay Lobster Wharf – Enjoy Lobster by the Pound

Pick Your Own Lobster

Boothbay Lobster Wharf is a restaurant and working Maine lobster pound where you can watch all the steps involved in the handling of lobsters. Pick your own Maine lobster from the salt water tank and enjoy your meal on the wharf on in the enclosed dining area. Rain or shine! Love Lobster Rolls? A favorite of locals and visitors alike, Boothbay Lobster Wharf offers the freshest and finest seafood around.  Enjoy live entertainment every Saturday night.  Don’t forget to pick up a t-shirt or other souvenir at the Wharf Wear Shop!

Why we love it:  Working lobster pound where you can learn about handling lobster!

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McLoon’s Lobster Shack – Lobster Bakes for Your Event!

Watch Lobstermen Deliver Lobster

An authentic Maine lobster shack located directly across from McCloon’s working lobster wharf on the beautiful island of Spruce Head, you can watch the lobstermen steer their boats into the wharf, bringing with them the day’s catch. The beautiful view of the bay can only be rivaled by the super fresh lobster, lobster rolls and crabmeat rolls.    If you’re looking to host and event this summer, McLoon’s lobster bakes are a great option. Whether you are entertaining guests from out of town who want a real Maine lobster experience, planning a birthday party, or looking for an excuse to get friends together, McLoon’s can assure you a unique and delicious experience.  Traditional Maine Lobster Bake includes all of your favorites:

One 1 ¼ lb steamed Maine lobster per person
Maine steamer clams
Corn on the Cob
Potato Salad
Fresh rolls and butter
Plenty of warm butter and broth for dipping
Dessert

A stunning view!

McLoon’s staff will reserve your tables and cater to all of your needs. Additional items from our menu are available. Covered seating is provided for those rainy days.  Call to reserve your bake!

Why we love it:  It’s a hidden gem with amazing views!

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Day’s Crab and Lobster Pound – A Maine Tradition

Put You Bib On and Get Crackin’ 

A 70 year and going tradition, Day’s Crab and Lobster Pound is a favorite among locals and visitors alike.  Opened in the 1930’s, Day’s offers live and cooked lobsters, with fresh picked lobster and crabmeat.  A true Maine experience off Exit 17, Route 295.

The current owner, Sandy Thibeau, started working for Days when she was 16 years old.  In 1988, she purchased the Yarmouth, Maine business and continues to serve up fresh local seafood to throngs of hungry patrons.

Why we love it: Go just for the lobster – or wrap in your meal with a visit to LL Bean.  Days is just a few miles south.

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