Road trip news, rants, and ruminations by the Editors of RoadsideAmerica.com
July 30, 2009
There’s no doubt that visiting a classic lobster shack is one of the true delights of summer. Tie on a plastic bib and let the melted butter run down your wrists; sit on a quaint, weathered, splintery picnic bench as you struggle with your miniature King Neptune fork, determined to get the last bit of meat out of a once-flailing creature. Or get a lobster roll, it’s easier.
If you’re lucky, your crustacean caterer will provide the perfect ending to your briny chowdown: The Lobster Photo Op. These range from simple wooden cut-outs to towering sculptures with awe-inspiring claws.
Ruth and Wimpy’s Kitchen in Hancock, Maine has Wilbur The Lobster. According to their website, “Christie Alley” attempted to buy the fiberglass fellow, but the proprietors said…uh…”no tanks”. (Kirstie Alley and ex-husband Parker Stevenson owned the nearby Mitchell Cottage (formerly the Islesboro Inn) for many years.)
At Shaw’s Fish and Lobster Wharf in New Harbor, Maine you can stick your head through a lobster rendering-on-board and imagine a life of blissful bottom-feeding (see photo). Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough in Noank, Connecticut features a goofy T-shirted example. Mainer C. Lobster is the more bizarre (perhaps possessed?) 3-D mascot at Taste of Maine in Woolwich, Maine.
Heading south we find Betsey The Spiney Lobster, a beloved symbol of the Florida Keys. Sans shack, Betsey once greeted visitors at the entrance to Treasure Village in Islamorada, Florida. After an attempted Ebay sale, and a roll down the highway, she now resides at the Rain Barrel Artisan’s Village.
Sadly, if you want to see the World’s Largest Lobster, you won’t find it in the USA. But you can cross over into Canada and visit Shediac, New Brunswick. Their looming lobster is 16 feet high. The sculptor kindly designed stairs in the pedestal to facilitate an optimal posing experience. Oh Canada, indeed!
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