Of all the various local seafood specialties I've tried during my visits to Maine, one that I've rarely come across has been the clam cake.
Is the clam cake not really something that local Mainers eat? Is it more of a Southern New England specialty that's only offered at tourist traps to appease visitors from Rhode Island and Massachusetts?
I ask because the very small handful of places I've seen it on the menu in Maine, such as Red's Eats and The Sea Basket in Wiscasset as well as Ken's Place in Scarborough, have been tourist magnets. But whenever I go to off-the-beaten-path eateries, it never seems to be available.
For that matter, the only place I've seen johnnycakes has been at Red's Eats. This is definitely more of a Rhode Island specialty, right?
Any thoughts on the best places to get clam cakes and johnnycakes in Maine? Or are these foods better saved for visits to RI and MA?