Four spots — with boatloads of ambiance — to dig into our famous crustacean (just remember, the bibs are for tourists).
This 60-year-old roadside joint’s ethos is plain and simple: “No linen table cloths or fancy glasses!” Steam from the long row of outdoor pots (over wood fires) marks the spot on Route 3. 1237 Bar Harbor Rd., Trenton. 207-667-2977.
Tucked away in the tiny fishing village of Bernard, on MDI’s southwest corner, Thurston’s marries an Acadia visitor’s dual passions: grubbing and sightseeing. Dinner’s served on a two-level deck overhanging Bass Harbor (start with the bubbling hot, unexpectedly great lobster-and-cream-cheese dip). 9 Thurston Rd., Bernard. 207-244-7600.
Table service sets Abel’s apart from most Maine lobster dispensaries, but so does the postcard view of boats bobbing in Somes Sound. Slinging crustaceous cuisine since 1939, Abel’s also serves up a mean plate of steamers. 13 Abel’s Ln., Mount Desert. 207-276-5827.
The name’s silly, but this budget-friendly stand across from the Swan’s Island ferry (with a nice dining porch) lets you wash down just-caught lobster with terrific milkshakes. Or save room for the house specialty dessert, a huge piece of fried dough with a sundae on top. 48 Granville Rd., Bass Harbor. 207-244-3656.
Photograph by Douglas Merriam: Steam from the lobster pots at Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound sometimes spills out over Route 3.