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Finally tried Red's in Wiscasset

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Finally tried Red's in Wiscasset

MU | Jul 31, 2001 10:33 AM

Lots of folks talk about this place on Rte. 1 on Wiscasset's main drag as the quintessential fried seafood shack. We were there on an idyllic Saturday afternoon. Red's is a tiny booth right before the bridge with a line stretching down the block. They claim to sell the best lobster rolls in creation, and they did indeed look great, with about a lobster and a half worth of barely mayonnaised meat overflowing from each, sitting in well-toasted and buttered rolls, selling briskly at $18 a pop. Too pricey for me. $10 is my limit, but, unlike some lobster roll fanatics, I don't believe that more is always better.

They clearly take great care and pride in the quality of all of the food. We ordered fried clams, fried zucchini, fish & chips, iced tea, and coleslaw. Large iced teas were 32 oz of unsweetened tea (packets of sugar available), and I wished I had tried the lemonade, which had numerous half lemons floating in it. The french fries were perfect; they cut the fresh zucchini to order; the clams were enormous, tender, and flavorful; and the fish was sweet and flaky, but the batter seemed a little too thick and overwhelming, and I found myself wanting to peel most of it off of the (perfectly) fried items. Red's is one of the few places I've been to in Maine that uses batter and not crumbs/flour for their fried food. If you like your food batter-fried, it's probably pretty good. In spite of the quality of the food at Red's, I still prefer the (crumb-style) fried clams at Susan's in Portland.

There are a few tables next to and behind the stand, and they have a loudspeaker to call the number of each order as it comes up. The dining area was crowded but friendly. About half the people just get their orders to go.

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