It’s been a dream of mine for quite a while now to eat a lobster roll on the idyllic shores of Maine. Lobster rolls are a treat just about anywhere, even in downtown Los Angeles, but having one made by cooks who’ve been doing it for decades using freshly caught lobsters seemed like it would be even more perfect. A gentle New England breeze wouldn’t hurt either.
I always knew this scenario would play out at some point in time, most likely on an epic cross-country road trip, but it happened sooner than expected when The Astronomer’s parents planned a day trip to Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster on our Memorial Day trip back east. Mama and Papa Chaplin used to visit this seafood shack during their days living in Boston and were excited to introduce the brood to their special spot. I could not have been more thrilled.
After a two hour long drive from Boston, we arrived on the shores of South Freeport, Maine—also known as “So. Free. Me.” to the local set. The weatherman had predicted gray skies and a light drizzle on the day of our visit, but fortunately we were greeted with warm, sunny rays when we arrived.
Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster, which is open for lunch and dinner from May to October, has been owned and operated by the Coffin family since 1970. With fishing boats docked along the shore and pine trees lining the bay, the scene was even more picturesque than I had imagined.
Even though I knew exactly what I was going to order, I skimmed the larger-than-expected menu just for kicks. In addition to a bevy of fruits of the sea, Harraseeket serves things like chicken fingers, grilled cheese sandwiches, and burgers for “landlubbers.”