Had a great working trip up route 1 to Rockland this past week-end. The final destination was the island of North Haven. Food on this island is lacking except for one notable exception. Adam Campbell is an oyster, scallop and lobsterman who has great stuff. He has a fresh water oyster farm right across from his house with some of the most delicious oysters I have ever eaten.
In Rockland, a donut shop near the ferry in the front of a house has some great cakey donuts, exactly as donuts should be, in my opinion. Jess' Market is also a great fish shop. I got mussels and steamers there that were healthy, long-lived (a couple days in a cooler with ice), relatively free of sand and grit. Also got some frozen haddock perfect for fish chowder a few days later.
Beth's farm near waldeboro is the perfect farm stand. Great peas, blueberries, strawberries, cauliflower, broccoli, and as The Rogue pointed out great cheddar cheese. It's well worth the 5 mile detour off of route 1.
Finally, in Wiscasset, was the best lobster sandwich I have ever had. It seems to have become a tourist destination (I recognized it from the PBS sandwich documentary), but Red's eats is well worth the long wait. In addition to the great lobster, the crabcake and the fried clams are great. The blueberry ice cream is also worth trying.
All in all, there are some great eats along route 1.
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