Lobster Orgy


The Red Lobster chain is running ads about their lobster fest.  For most people, that is their big opportunity to try lobster, but the hefty price tag often slows down multiple feasts.

We were lucky to live in New England for years and my kids grew up with lobster races on the floor…..before we said goodbye and thank you to the crustaceans.

When Sam turned 13 and could decide where we would travel as part of his Golden Birthday, he opted for Nova Scotia and lobster became our almost daily menu item for days.

We spent one night at my sister’s house in Connecticut  (I gave her my lobster pot when I moved to the South) and she started us off definitely on the right foot.

When our first bed and breakfast host in Maine heard our route, she immediately told us where we HAD to eat lunch.  Red’s Eats is located on U.S. Route 1 in the small town of Wiscasset. The directions we received were: “You will know when you get there because there will be a traffic jam.” So, we recognized the location, found a parking spot and got in line.

I had always avoided ordering a lobster roll before but from now on, I will recognize it as a labor free way to enjoy! At Red’s Eats they offer you two choices….do you want melted butter on the side or mayo on the side? That’s it. You get over a pound of lobster inside a toasted roll. Very simple. Nothing fancy. And pure delight.

We waited an hour and 20 minutes  before we got to order.  That’s okay, we just chatted with the other people. Most, like us, were passing through and had heard about the place. It consistently wins awards annually. Others were repeat visitors who purposely take Route 1 instead of I-95 in order to stop at Red’s!

It wasn’t a bargain, but it was on the inexpensive side, about $14 for a pound of lobster in a toasted bun with a side of melted butter. A marvelous yummy treat and one you should go to if you have a chance.  And the scenery is beautiful.

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We then headed on to Mt. Desert Island.  Besides being home to the bulk of Acadia National Park, the island has the long term upscale resort of Bar Harbor. Ever mindful of our vacation budget, we stayed, instead, in the small village of Southwest Harbor, about 30 minutes away from the Park entrance. The Inn at Southwest Harbor is very elegant without being imposing. The woman who owns it and her fulltime staff were gracious and warm, very much the epitome of the personality type you find in most B&Bs. We ate dinner (seafood again, of course) at a small restaurant overlooking the harbor. The meal itself was not all that great, but we got a rainbow as a bonus!

The next evening, after a fantastic sunset form teh top of Cadiallac Mountain, we ate dinner in the village of Northwest Harbor at a pub and our waiter was a lot of fun…food was yummy seafood again (of course). On the way home, the clouds parted and we were treated to a view of the Milky Way in the skies.

The ferry to Nova Scotia can be caught in Bar Harbor and the hydrofoil cuts the time of the trip to only a few hours. We disembarked in Yarmouth and began our exploration of Nova Scotia.

We have a rule on vacations that we will NOT eat at fast food but we kept seeing signs. One day we left a b&b where we had sea kayaked and gave one of the other people who had been staying there a ride north. Since it appeared that we would be feeding him, the chance to sample McDonald’s attempt at a lobster roll was timely. Two things about it: 1-It was a lot smaller than what we had had at Red’s Eats and already mixed with mayo….but only $6. 2-If they offered it here in the US they would make a killing.  While McDonalds is not about quality, a McLobster sandwich would open the opprotunity to taste lobster to a lot of people.

The best lobster experience was the afternoon before we caught the ferry back to Maine. We went to a lobster pound, a place where lobsters are kept in very cold water until they can be shipped. The place we visited had two trucks heading out via the province of New Brunswick to Chicago. But they cordially stopped their loading, steamed up 5 lobsters for us and enjoyed watching us…enjoy!

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5 Responses to Lobster Orgy

  1. Gunta says:

    Growing up in Boston, I remember having lobster feeds as party food. Since I’ve moved away from New England, I don’t bother ordering lobster. If you can’t have the very best, why bother? Out here (Oregon Coast) my substitute is Dungeness crab. There’s a shop (The Crab Shack – where they catch the crab right off the dock) in Bandon that does crab cakes to die for. The ferry trip from Nova Scotia to Bar Harbor is really fun, too. I enjoyed a couple who played the violin on my trip.

  2. shanecostantino says:

    Sounds like you had a great trip to NS! The ferry stopped running a while ago but hopefully it starts up again because I’d like to take it sometime.

  3. Pierotucci says:

    Having lived in Miami and the Florida Keys for awhile (I know we have a totally different type down south) you have my mouth a-watering!!

  4. The Cat made the trip in great time and I hope it starts up again. We did not get to Cape Breton so we figure our next trip there we will fly into Halifax to save some travel time.

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