I'm sorta weird about seafood. I have a hard time eating it when I'm not near the ocean. I'm sure it's fine but I just like it better when I know it's fresh. Case in point---the craziest and insanely delicious lobster dish I had this summer at Red's Eats in Wiscasset, Maine.
Get ready for this....check it out! (See photo below!) Isn't that insane! It's a lobster roll. Never heard of it? Me neither. And chances are, if you're from a land-locked state like I am, you haven't either. A lobster roll is a type of sandwich filled with lobster meat. Traditionally a lobster roll contains fresh cooked lobster meat on top of a grilled hot dog bun, or similar roll. They say that the lobster meat is on top of the roll because these buns are cut from the top opening instead of the side.
Depending on the location you get your lobster roll, the filling may be prepared a number of ways. But traditionally it will contain fresh cooked lobster meat that is either tossed with mayonnaise with maybe diced celery, scallions or in my case...nothing but sweet, flavorful drawn butter! Some places even serve it with lemon juice or lettuce.
I loved the way Red's Eats served theirs up...just a load of fresh, chilled lobster meat on a warm toasty bun. I guess you could call Red's lobster roll purists. I loved the contradiction of temperatures. Then Red's leaves it up to the customer to add in extras. You can order a side of mayo and sprinkle celery salt and other seasonings on at a little fix-ins table.
But what Red's is really known for is the size of their darn lobster roll. It contains more than one whole lobster in each roll! You can't even find the bread underneath all that lobster.
Honestly it's a ton of lobster! I had to start out with a fork to get some weight off the bun before I even dared pick up the roll. Red's Eats serves up some of the best lobster I've ever had in my life. And although I did love it...I was a bit overwhelmed. I had to get my dear husband to help me finish up the extra lobster I didn't expect.
If you're ever in Maine. Head on out to Wiscasset. It's worth every penny...and the wait in the hour-long line. Red's Eats is famous for a reason. You'll love the food and the service was impeccable. I had no idea it would be as wonderful as it was. Don't be worried that you won't find a seat, there is always one available and you just can't beat the beautiful location. Oh, and make sure you grab a whoopie pie for dessert. A local company named Cranberry Island Kitchens make them and they are good! If you can't make it there anytime soon, check out their new cookbook, "Red's Eats: World's Best Lobster Shack."
41 Main St
Wiscasset, ME 04578
More posts about my travels:
The Brunswick Inn (Brunswick, Maine)
Desserts in South Dakota
California Cupcakes (aka I finally tried Sprinkles!)
Bear Lake Raspberry Shake
Back from Paradise