Lobster Pricing

Travelers may be in for a rude surprise when they get the bill for a meal at a casual wharfside lobster restaurant. Prices posted for lobsters are per pound, not per lobster. This can be inadvertently misleading, as a range of prices is often posted -- for example, $6.99 FOR 1 1/4-LB. LOBSTERS, $7.99 FOR 1 1/2-LB. LOBSTERS, and so on. That's the price per pound, not the total price, so you'll need do a little math to figure out the final price of your lobster.

An entire book could be written about Moody’s Diner (tel. 207/832-7785) in Waldoboro—in fact, it has. This is the place to stop on Route 1 when traversing north toward Acadia and points beyond. Not because the food’s amazing so much as it’s simply throwback to an earlier time: sticky-sweet pies and only-in-Maine specials like boiled dinner on Thurs, haddock with egg sauce on Fri, and of course, baked beans on Sat. The place simply serves food you can find almost nowhere else in the state, the old food ways are disappearing that fast. Finish with Indian pudding or one of those mile-high pies—walnut cream and rhubarb are two good choices, though any of them will satisfy. The prices, too, seem nearly locked in 1948, which is when Moody’s first opened for business.


On a Roll


You may find the tearing into a whole lobster a bit uncouth, or just intimidating. Or the monster shore dinner of a whole lobster with mussels, clams, corn, and other fixin’s may just be more than you want to take on. Lucky for you, the spiraling popularity of the lobster roll has made it so you can taste Maine’s quintessential shellfish basically anywhere you go. The classic Maine lobster roll is cold, fresh-picked lobster served on a buttered and lightly griddled hot dog bun (the split-top New England variety, not the side-split version found elsewhere around the country), then complemented with a touch of mayo to bind it. Some eschew mayo and go instead for drawn butter (if the lobster’s served hot, this is known as “Connecticut-style”). There’s much acrimony over whether a lobster roll ought to contain anything else—some fancy a bit of celery or lettuce for crunch, while purists will tell you this is an abomination. The crazy gastronomes down in Portland have taken to adding everything from wasabi powder to jalapeños to bacon.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.