Guests continuously ask where they can find the best lobster. The good news; some of the best lobster shacks can be found in and around the Freeport area.
Depending upon what people are looking for, there are a number of places we recommend. While lobster can certainly be found in the finer dining establishments, lobster shacks are what many are looking for when thinking about lobster. A favorite, Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster, can be found at the South Freeport docks, less than ten minutes from James Place Inn. This lobster shack sits right on the water and the lobster doesn’t get any fresher. Depending upon how hard you want to work for your food, you’ll find a full lobster dinner, complete with corn-on-the-cob, or great lobster rolls. The lobster rolls are delicious and what I call “lazy man lobster;” all the benefits without all of the work. The fried clams here are also some of the best around. For you mussel fans, these are delicious as well, as is the clam chowder. You really can’t go wrong here. The Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster is also “BYOB,” making it a bit different and a fun dining spot on a warm summer’s night.
For folks heading north from Freeport, the reportedly most famous lobster shack in the state is just about 35-40 minutes away and well worth the journey. Red’s Eats boasts a lobster roll containing one full pound of lobster meat, claws and all! Put a little melted butter on the top and you have a real treat. The wait here can be long however it is well worth it. The town of Wiscasset, home of Red’s Eats, is delightful to browse through. It sits along the Sheepscot River and provides great views and some wonderful architecture. You won’t be disappointed with a visit to this gem in Maine.
A short trip south of Freeport to Cape Elizabeth provides two pleasure in one: Two Lights Lighthouse and State Park and The Lobster Shack at Two Lights. The lighthouse is available for viewing at the end of Two Lights Road, conveniently located by the lobster shack! (The lighthouse is not open to the public). The view is wonderful, the food great, and the Atlantic ocean hits against the rocks, providing a great, and ever-changing, backdrop while you dine.
Some like to try as many different places as possible, looking for the ultimate lobster roll, fried clams, clam chowder, or even lobster chowder. For those that are not seafood eaters (and there are plenty of you as well), all of these places offer non-seafood alternatives. If you are a “divided household,” one seafood eater, one not, there is something for everyone. And one of the best rewards of these lobster shacks are the views of our beautiful Maine coast. You’ll be glad you stopped!