It’s our annual guide to the top eateries where food is fried, broiled, grilled, or otherwise slapped on butcher paper for your finger-licking, crab-cracking, French fry–munching pleasure. This year, our winners (and finalists) were chosen by our readers!
Since 1969, The Lobster Shack has served creamy chowder and lobster rolls in a scenic ocean-side setting. The outdoor picnic tables sit in the shadow of a lighthouse, and readers like the location as much as the food; 207/799-1677 or lobster shacktwolights.com.
Red’s Eats, Wiscasset
One reader calls Red’s the “holy grail” of lobster rolls. That enormous classic is served up bursting with fresh lobster at this little red-and-white stand; 207/882-6128.
Bet’s Famous Fish Fry, Boothbay Harbor
“Life’s a fish and then you fry,” reads a sign on the side of this small fish-and-chips truck, which also dishes up ridiculously stacked-high fish sandwiches; hollyeats.com/BetsFishFry.htm.