Drove by Red's Diner today and could not believe the people waiting to be served. Service seems very slow there, and parking is a problem, as well as Rt 1 noise from cars and trucks going up that steep grade.
I stopped, I watched, and was amazed at people waiting. So, I drove a few miles south on Rt 1 and found the SEA BASKET. Fast service, exceptional clean, inside eating with spotless restrooms, very accomodating, and large menu, and assume the same prices as Red's. Lobster Rolls were $14.95 without fries. It appears that most people got fried foods, such as haddock, clams, scallops, and/or lobster stew or haddock chowder. I got the haddock basket for $8.95 and consisted of ample haddock, fries, and a buttered roll. Condiments are located on a side table, so you can take as much ketchup or tarter sauce that you want. Real good idea. Again, I was very impressed with the cleaniness of the whole establishment. I thought the haddock was extremely fresh, perfectly battered and cooked, and a bigger portion that you can get at McLaughlin's Seafood in Bangor, plus you have inside seating, no flies, and clean bathrooms, with plenty of parking.
The word I understood on Chowhounds, is to to go Red's for the Lobster roll, but for anyting else, so to Sea Basket. Looking over the scenario, I guess this is what is taking place. I did not see a lobster roll @ Sea Basket today, so I can't report on its size or appearance.
On the way back to Portland, I stopped at Wild Oats Bakery in Brunswick, and Wow-what a display of bread and sweets, all made on premises, and they all looked delicious, so I had a problem deciding which pastry bar to buy; lemon, chocolate, coconut, cheesecake, raspberry, oatmeal, plus more. I still don't know which one I bought, but it was osum.
I would say its worth a trip to Wiscasset and Brunswick just for the wonderful products that are not available in every town in Maine, but are available if you look real hard in certain towns.
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