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Lobster Shack on Cape Elizabeth - disappointed

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Lobster Shack on Cape Elizabeth - disappointed

Helen Rennie | Aug 27, 2002 02:55 PM

Folks at Lobster Shack definitely know their lobster; they just don't know how to cook. How Lobster Shack won the "best lobster roll in Portland" award remains a puzzle to me. There are plenty hole-in-the-walls all the way along the coast that serve better rolls. In the Lobster Shack the rolls were served with a dollop of mayo on top (not mixed into the lobster meat). We tried to spread it as evenly as possible, but could not avoid bites with too much or too little mayo. The chopped up lettuce was also irritating - a fresh curly leaf of lettuce would have been much better. The lobster meat was wonderfully fresh, but we expected no less on the Maine coast. The rolls were $10 each. The fries were so-so - like the ones you get frozen in the supermarket. The worst part of the meal was the lobster stew for $8.50/bowl. We expected something along the lines of the lobster bisque, but the "stew" consisted of pieces of lobster swimming in thin cream with a layer of grease on top. The liquid was not thickened or seasoned at all. What a waste of lobster! On the brighter side, the scenery was beautiful. We sat at the picnic table right on the beach and enjoyed the breeze.

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