Right off the end of a dock (the same place where they load the lobsters), Thurston’s possesses all three key requirements of a great Maine lobster shack: a great view of Bass Harbor and its fishing boats; tasty lobster and side dishes at reasonable prices; and an unpretentious vibe blended with a dash of friendly sass. It’s like a place out of the movies. The lobsters come quickly, their claws precracked for easier access; corn on the cob is perfectly cooked; scallop chowder, crunchy crab cakes, and bags of steamed mussels and clams all provide toothsome sides; and the “plain dinner” option ($5 extra) finishes with a wonderfully eggy cinnamon-blueberry cake. Start with the bubbly and unexpectedly yummy lobster-and-cream-cheese dip. There are two decks, upstairs and down; a convivial atmosphere pervades at both. This place is a true Maine classic.