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Susan Axelrod

Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business for 15 years before turning to journalism. By day, she is the social media editor for Portland Press Herald. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs, preferably followed by a cocktail or a Maine beer. Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or On Twitter: @susansaxelrod

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Posted: May 28, 2014

Dining Guide: Five noteworthy Maine lobster shacks

Written by: Susan Axelrod

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The Lobster Shack at Two Lights, Cape Elizabeth. Press Herald file photo


225 Two Lights Rd., Cape Elizabeth | 799-1677 | | $$$
At this local landmark, where the same family has been serving seafood since the late 1960s, there is no quaint fishing village or lobster boats to see — just a sweeping expanse of rocky coastline, a lighthouse and the wide open Atlantic. Chow down on the famous lobster rolls outside at picnic tables or indoors, where most tables still have a good view. BYOB.

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The Clam Shack, Kennebunkport. Press Herald file photo


2 Western Ave., Kennebunkport | 967-2560 | | $$$
The winner of the Lobster Roll Rumble in NYC in 2012 and 2013 (among numerous other accolades), this shack specializes in more than its name would suggest. Its lobster roll is round, rather than hot-dog bun style, and fans say it is as key to the roll’s popularity as the lobster. Take-out only: eat at a few picnic tables or on the boardwalk next to the river. No alcohol.

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Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster Company in South Freeport. Press Herald file photo


36 Main St., South Freeport | 865-4888 | | $$$
Pretty South Freeport seems a world away from the consumer Mecca of Freeport. Escape the shopping crowds and tuck into a steamed lobster dinner, lobster roll or fried seafood basket while enjoying a view of the working harbor. Cash only (ATM on site). BYOB. Open from May to October.

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Estes Lobster House, Harpswell. Press Herald file photo


1906 Harpswell Neck Rd., Harpswell | 833-6340 | | $$$
Surrounded by water on three sides, Estes is a local haunt on the end of the picturesque Harpswell peninsula. The expansive views and a patio with a fire pit, plus wool ponchos to keep you extra warm, make this 60-plus year old icon stand out from the rest. Full bar. Open from mid-April to mid-October.

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Five Island Lobster Co., Georgetown. Press Herald file photo


1447 Five Islands Rd., Georgetown | 371-2990 | | $$$
Bring a cooler of beer, order from the the “Love Nest” grill or the the lobster building and park yourself at a picnic table on one of Maine’s most picturesque harbors, looking out to the Sheepscot River. (Note: No indoor seating.) Finish up with an Annabelle’s ice cream cone. Open from May to October. BYOB.

Find 15 more standout lobster shacks from Kittery to Quoddy Head: Lobster shack season: 20 authentic places to eat Maine seafood.

Key to prices

The approximate cost of two dinner entrees (not including appetizers, drinks, tax and gratuity).
$ – $15 and under
$$ – $16 to $25
$$$ – $26 to $45
$$$$ – $46 and up



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