Maine: Lobster. Of course there’s a natural connection, and we highly recommend taking in your share of lobster when you visit these parts. This time of year, the lobster is sweet and the shells are not quite as hard, making it a bit easier for lobster rookies to find their way to the good stuff. And as lobsters are prevalent, prices are down.
Bar Harbor restaurants offer lobster in as many ways as you can think of: tossed with pasta, on your pizza, in a frittata or a lobster pie. It can be baked stuffed, grilled, swimming in butter (lazy style) or in a toasted bun with a touch of mayo or melted butter. Or, for the purist, it can be steamed ’til tender and sweet and served with a bib and perhaps an ear of corn, cup of chowder, steamers and a bib: shore dinner style. You’ll find lobster specials for twin or even triple lobsters at many restaurants in town. We especially recommend Thurston’s Lobster Pound near the light house in Bass Harbor and Poor Boy’s Gourmet — pick one of their dozen or more preparations — but you can’t go wrong at any of the pounds who’ll cook and crack your crustacean for you.