There are few places in Maine as “famous” as Red’s Eats. It is a small stand on Rt. 1 in Wiscasset that serves lobster rolls known far and wide. I have seen lines that are over an hour long.
We were looking for lunch on our way up the highway and noticed that the line was only half a block long (very good by Red’s standards). So we found some parking and hopped on.
Their lobster roll is known for having an entire lobster’s worth of meat inside and made the “authentic” Maine way with lobs of meat on a toasted hotdog bun. It comes with butter or mayo on the side to dip in. The “authentic” lobster roll is a point of contention, with some people saying it needs 1 leaf of lettuce and/or some mayo mixed in, but Red’s is really all about the meat.
You step up to a window and suddenly notice that there are about a million people inside this little shack
We ordered the fried clams along with our lobster roll.
The clams were quite delicious. Juicy and flavorful with a decent crisp on the fry. Some were a little soggy, but overall it was a good dish of food.
And then the lobster roll. You can even see the bun under there through all the lobster meat! And you will notice that there is a tail on either side. Very good on the lobster meat, but I just always prefer a steamed lobster I crack myself to a roll.
I’m glad we stopped at Red’s, but I can’t say I’m itching to go back. I can’t say it was the best lobster roll I’ve ever had, but it was very good.