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Steamed Lobster in Maine

The beach: Waterman's Beach in South Thomaston, on Maine's Midcoast

The place: Waterman's Beach Lobster, a family-run roadside stand with picnic tables right on the beach

The dish: Salt water–steamed lobster

If lobster is an art form in Maine, Waterman's Beach Lobster is its Mona Lisa: a deceptively simple classic with mysterious, seductive powers. Don't go expecting fancy techniques or elaborate side dishes—or any dishes at all, for that matter. Your crayon-red lobster will arrive on a cardboard tray, with a bag of potato chips, a cup of melted butter, and a soft piece of bread. Period. But once you settle onto a brightly painted picnic bench and crack into one of Waterman's huge, fresh lobsters, you won't miss any of the accoutrements. The lobsters are steamed over salt water (rather than boiled in a pot of fresh water), which accounts for their sweet, briny flavor. The taste is pure, unadorned Maine, as is the view: pine and spruce forests; a shell-strewn, rocky beach; a dock stacked high with lobster traps; and a glittering blue bay. Save room for ice cream or homemade rhubarb pie.

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Waterman's Beach Lobster
Waterman's Beach Road
South Thomaston, Maine
(207) 596-7819

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