It’s lobster that levitates to the top of many a menu Maine, just one of the many worthwhile reasons this state is a mecca for seafood lovers. Whether you like it by the pound with a side of melted butter, in a roll, as in Lobster roll, or as some delectable lobster bisque soup, chances are, somebody makes it. But Maine isn’t just about lobsters. With such easy access to the Atlantic expect to find as eating options a range of fresh North Atlantic ground fish, from flounder and fluke to whiting and wolfish, chowder made with locally farmed clams, or fried oysters done to perfection. At the root of a thriving aquaculture industry, discover also farm raised Atlantic salmon, steelhead trout, bay scallops, mussels and even seaweed. You can also order just-caught seafood to enjoy outside the restaurant, like bluefin tuna, swordfish, halibut, haddock, diver scallops and Maine peekytoe crab.
Happily, even if you miss wild blueberry season (harvest is usually late summer), there are variety of ways to take home a berry souvenir, from dried wild blueberries and cranberries to “Caviar of Maine”, wild berries in fruit juice (they even come in a caviar-style container).
So in short, if you’re looking for a large lunch that is says quintessential Maine, think lobster, clam chowder and four-berry pie for desert. Wash it all down with a glass of Poland Spring Water or something stiffer, such as vodka made, yes, from Maine potatoes, or a craft beer from one of the state’s up can coming breweries like D.L. Geary’s pale ale. Not everyone is nuts about it, but Moxie is considered by some locals to be a real treat, a non-alcoholic drink that tastes curiously of a root beer, cough syrup and miscellaneous soda blend. Not your cup of tea? Pop the cork instead on a bottle of blueberry or apple wine from one of the state’s wineries.