One of the things I have to do at least once every time I’m in Maine is eat a lobster roll. Well, if you are going to have a lobster roll, you should get a good one. A little research showed that Red’s Eat’s in Wicasset has very highly thought of lobster rolls (some say the best in all of Maine!). So, after a wonderful visit on Saturday to the Maine Coastal Botanical Garden, we went down Highway 1 and stoped at Red’s.
We had heard that the wait in summer can be over an hour; we thought that we could avoid any long lines by going to lunch a little late (1:45). Not so, the wait to order the lobster rolls was 40 minutes! This could have been a drag on our day (we were well on the way to hangry) but the weather was beautifully
sunny, the people on line were fun to talk to, and Red’s kept it fun by giving out a free lobster roll to the first person
from New Hampshire in line and we also got some free iced teas for the long wait. Also hanging out in Wicasset isn’t too bad; it call’s itself the “prettiest town in Maine.” Half way through the wait I decided to save my group a picnic table down by the river; I had my camera with me and got some great sea gull photos.
Once obtained, the lobster rolls were truly perfect. Tasty bread and warm butter on the side. I’d love to report back on the mayonnaise used but my
slightly deaf husband refused the mayonnaise (as reported back by my perfect hearing son). There was a ton of fresh, well cooked lobster on each roll. We loved them; we also got the fries and onion rings to share; the fries were cold by the time we got to the table but were otherwise good. And, for gluten-free people, they have thick gluten-free bread! We were therefore able to get a lobster roll (well, a piled-high open faced lobster sandwich) for my daughter Katie, which made her day.
Prior to our botanical garden and lobster roll adventure, I should have stopped at my favorite coffee house for coffee; we were in a rush so my husband got me some drive-through Dunkin’ Donuts coffee instead (ugh; the coffee isn’t bad but I really wish I could put my own cream and sugar in). One of the things I always look for when I’m staying somewhere for an extended period of time is a good local coffee shop. I like Starbucks as much as the next gal (I might even be addicted to some of their specialty drinks…). However, I do like to spend the majority of my coffee money with small locally owned places.
On this trip, my go-too local coffee shop has been the Bohemian Coffee House in Brunswick. Wonderful expresso
drinks, and big, homemade muffins. I’m a fan of their 2-shot cappucinos (especially on Wednesday when the second shot is free). Plenty of spots to sit and read too. It’s been voted the best coffee in Midcoast Maine for 20 years straight and I can see why! Since we’re in a rental cottage out on Harpswell, my regular morning coffee has been homemade French press which is OK, but its a treat when I get into town for my Bohemian Coffee House fix.