Sure, it’s terrific to bite into a fresh lobster roll while gazing out at crashing surf on a sultry summer day.
But what about fall and winter and the gray days of March? Shouldn’t we Mainers be able to eat our lobster rolls on those days too?
Well, the folks at the Bite Into Maine food truck think so. That’s why in November, after some seven years of offering creative lobster rolls in Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, they opened a storefront on Route 1 in Scarborough. Called the commissary, it’s in a small strip mall a little off the highway, and you have to look for it. It’s near The Egg and I, which has a sign that’s very easy to see from the road.
The space is white and bright, with a few tables and a counter with stools. In the back is the kitchen Bite Into Maine has been using to prep food for its mobile location the past couple of years. Never fear, the food truck will still run from May to October.
On a recent lunch hour, I sat at the counter in Scarborough happily eating my lobster grilled cheese, while a steady stream of folks came in for takeout. Several said they were traveling through town on business and really wanted a lobster roll. In November in Maine, that’s not always an easy find.
The rolls have 4 to 5 ounces of lobster meat and come in an array of creative styles. Varieties include Indian curry mayo, smoky chipotle mayo, wasabi mayo, or mayo and chives. You can get one with coleslaw, butter and celery salt, or just warm butter. At $17.95, the price doesn’t exactly make it a cheap lunch, but everything else on the menu is well under $15.
I tried the LGC, a lobster grilled cheese with chipotle aioli and fontina and sharp cheddar cheeses on sourdough bread for $11.95. It was buttery and golden brown on the outside. The cheeses were creamy, the lobster chunks were tender, and the chipotle aioli had a little kick that took a few seconds to register.
I also tried a cup of clam chowder, for $4.95. It was creamy and thick, but not too thick. The clams were very tender and tasted fresh.
There’s also corn chowder, for $3.95 a cup.
Also on the menu is a Triple B melt on sourdough bread, with bacon, brie cheese and blueberry jam, for $6.75. For the same price, you can also get a Sweet P sandwich: red pepper jelly, cream cheese, cheddar cheese and prosciutto on sourdough, or the Caprese with tomatoes, basil, mozzarella cheese and balsamic glaze on ciabatta. There’s also the Wicked Simple grilled cheese, with mild cheddar cheese on white bread, for $2.95.
For a traditional Maine dessert, there are whoopie pies for $2.95.
Also at the Scarborough location, you can buy Bite Into Maine T-shirts and other logo souvenirs.
Wearing a T-shirt with the Bite Into Maine logo is a good way to remind yourself to visit the food truck in beautiful Fort Williams Park, when it re-opens next May, but it’s nice to have a cold-weather option now too.
WHERE: 185 Route 1, Scarborough. 289-6142; biteintomaine.com
HOURS: 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays.
WAIT: About five minutes
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Yes