When you visit Maine, most people have to eat the state’s best known food – Lobster (unless, unfortunately you happen to be allergic to shellfish). I spent some of my childhood in Maine & have fond memories of eating the delicious crustacean. Mostly, we got to eat it whenever company came to visit from “away”. We were fortunate to live in a small village in Down East Maine that enabled my Dad to drive to a nearby beach to meet the lobstermen as they came back to shore with their daily catch. It didn’t get any fresher that that. It was the early 1960’s and prices were cheap – $15/bushel for lobster, $10/bushel for crabs and $5/bushel for clams! My mother would make homemade potato salad, coleslaw, fresh corn on the cob and fresh baked rolls with homemade jam to round out the feast.
Fast forward to today. I love lobster, but know it’s not something Mainers eat every day. My husband however, is a fanatic about eating lobster anytime we visit Maine. He eats it in some form almost every day we are there. He will eat lobster in whatever form is on the menu – Lobster Benedict at breakfast, lobster mac ‘n cheese, lobster pot pie, bisque, chowder, stew, Lobster Nicoise Salad, Lobster Fried Rice, Lobster Risotto, Lobster Pizza, Lobster crepe (take a look at all these photos) – but he seems to have a personal goal to try every lobster roll in the state.
And yet somehow, he had never experienced eating a whole boiled Maine lobster. We did try to go to two lobster pounds before going on Mount Desert Island when we made our first trip in 2013. The first one was already closed for the season and we were ignored at the second one. That night he settled for a lobster roll with all the sides and blueberry pie at West Street Cafe. (A very good deal, by the way.)
When visiting his sister in Solon in 2016, her hubby offered to cook us a traditional Maine lobster dinner. When the lobster was placed in front of my husband, he proceeded to pick the whole thing up and attempt to bite the tail with the shell still on! Despite gales of hysterical laughter, we did stop him from breaking a tooth. Instructions followed and he enjoyed his first whole lobster.
Alas, he still prefers lobster rolls.