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Dining & Nightlife

The Only Place for Fresh Maine Lobster

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Maine lobster is the starring item on menus at sophisticated restaurants throughout the state, as well as at rough-hewn shanties with picnic tables set along the coast. To many people, it just isn’t summer without a trip to a lobster shack and a casual meal outside overlooking the sea.

To sample a local favorite, ask for the lobster “shore dinner,” which usually includes at least red potatoes and corn-on-the-cob, boiled in the same salty water as your lobster and embellished with even more melted butter. You can visit the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative to find out about the local lobster industry and lobster history, get recipes, or purchase a certified Maine lobster.

To help you find lobster shacks, you can check Travel+Leisure magazine's list of the "Ten Best Lobster Shacks in Maine." Other lobster shacks worth a visit include Two Lights Lobster Shack in Cape Elizabeth and Allen’s Seafood and Takeout in Harpswell.

For the best way to enjoy both claw and tail, try these tips on how to cook and eat a lobster.