With the approach of warmer weather, I wanted to do our traveling friends a bit of a service and begin a string on Maine lobster pounds.
I REALLY don't want to see this string become a discussion of which lobster pound is the BEST. Face it, a steamed lobster is just that. Certainly there is room for some creativity with fried clam batter, or the preparation of lobster rolls, but by and large the tried and true lobster pounds all tend to fall into the same catagory of providing that shoreside shellfish experience.
Important criteria for me - idealy, a french fry dropped from the (white and red checked plastic picnic table cloth) table would fall between the floorboards and into saltwater. Lobsters stored onsite in large tanks using circulated seawater, visible from the dining area and available to entertain and amaze small children. You place your order and they give you a number. Pabst available on draft. Clear your own table.
A few of my favorites -
Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster - Minutes from LL Bean in South Freeport
Cook's Lobster House - A short and memorable drive from Route One in Brunswick to Bailey Island
Robinson's Wharf - Just over the bridge from Boothbay Harbor, away from the hustle and bustle on Southport.
Lobsterman's Co-op - This is the grand daddy of Lobster Pounds, if not for the quality of the food, for the "completeness" of the lobster dining experience Boothbay Harbor.
Kaler's Crab and Lobster - Across the harbor in Boothbay Harbor from the Co-op, the food is outstanding and the touch-tank is not to be missed. My son got nipped by a crab there last summer, and when Dan Kaler, the colorful owner asked him why he was crying then asked if he "pinched him back". Hilarious.
Waterman's Beach Lobster - Similar to the Haraseeket in South Freeport, but located a short distance from Rockland in South Thomaston.
The Lobsterpound Restaurant - Another timeless classic on Lincolnville Beach, a few miles east of Camden on your way to MDI along Route One.
These are just a few of the onese where I eat on a somewhat regular basis - the effort here is to create an expansive listing, not lobby too hard for personal favorites...