Monday, July 18, 2011

Lobster and Wine in the Not-So-Rough Chauncey Creek, Kittery, Maine

Eating at Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier means following a few directions. First, make sure you can find it. Second, make sure you head to the correct cash register to order. Have your money ready at your table because, for some odd reason, you have to pay AFTER you get your food. And bring any fanciful appetizers, desserts and drinks with you as you are encouraged to create a picnic spread. Got it? If so, then be prepared to enjoy lobster in a lovely setting. Nestled on Chauncey Creek in Kittery Point, Maine, while not "lobster in the rough", it is pretty basic. Picnic tables sit under a covering. Food arrives on paper plates. And your choices are quite traditional: lobster, mussels, clams. Last October I had the best lobster of my life here, as the molting lobsters were as sweet and tender as could be. This time service was a bit more haggard. But the lobster was still solid. While other people arrived with coolers full of extra dishes (hummos seemed to be the most popular), we kept it simple, bringing water and a pie from Two Fat Cats back in Portland. We tried the clam chowder but it was too thick, floury and full of potatoes to merit the calories. Okay, and I'd also skip the baked beans, which were fine, but not nearly as stellar as those from the Maine Diner. But really, the lobster was good. Kids were content to run around while they waited for food, and parents were happy to have a break on the coast of Maine.

Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier, Kittery Point, Maine

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