|Acadia National Park - Maine|
#1 Crack Your Own Maine Lobster
There is no shortage of lobster pounds in New England. The prices are reasonable at most of them. So ... how to choose the right lobster pound? For the best flavor find a pound that boils their critters in salt-water.
For our creature of the sea festival and feast we opted for the very popular Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound. It is conveniently located on your way into Bar Harbor.
Next, you will grab a pencil and a form where you can check boxes next to fixings. There is a long list of dipping sauces, and they are not much extra - so try something traditional like warm butter - but also try a few extra out-of -the box picks. Our table ordered up a variety of dipping sauces and one of the surprise favorites was vinegar & oil.
You will hand your form to the cashier, and a chef will write a number on your lobster and give you a numbered receipt. If you are squeemish - don't worry - you won't have intimate contact with you lobster (yet) - or even have to watch it cook or hear it scream.
If you are new to cracking your own lobster ask for an instruction sheet. Trenton Bridge knows their customer base - they have a great set of illustrated instructions that work.
After you get your order in ... well you are on your own from there. You will have to maneuver for a table, listen for your order number (which they will only call one time - no exceptions), you will only eat what you can fanagle out of your lobster claw and tail, and then you will have to clean up your table and discard any left over sea creature remains. Try not to throw away the cracker and other surgical instruments when you dump your tray.
This is the one Maine ritual you will not be able to dispense with. Your friends and family are counting on you. The first question you will be asked upon your return from ME is 'how was the lobster'. And, if your story is that you opted for deep fried chicken fingers instead - you will be disowned, and your friends will be forced to invent a new reason each week to explain why they cannot attend your parties. Don't do this to your friends & family. You owe them a Maine lobster experience.