While in Maine a couple weeks ago, my family and I made it a point to try a lobster roll at McLoons Lobster Shack on Spruce Head Island. Easily accessible by bridge, and tucked way back in the trees at the end of a residential road sits the shack that makes the best lobster roll in Maine, according to Yankee Magazine!
When Yankee came out with its Lobsterpalooza issue this summer, we took note of the top lobster rolls, as we knew we were heading up Maine in July. McLoons took the top spot for the best roll in Maine, checking boxes for best meat, bun, and even the ambiance of the place. Although I am not much of a seafood eater, I knew we had to go!
I admit to not knowing much about what a good tasting lobster roll is like, since I had never had one in my life before McLoons, but I can give you the highlights of what made their roll a good one. The bun was buttery and well toasted, and I actually think it was my favorite part of the whole thing! The lobster was in huge pieces, you get the whole claw in there! They give you mayo and butter on the size, that way you can control how much mayo you have in the roll, which is great.
Something that also made the place special was the setting. It was very simple and summer-y with picnic tables, a little red shack, and a view out to the water and across to the rocky, pine tree-covered shoreline of Burnt Island. I felt like I was in a Wes Anderson movie!
If you ever find yourself near Thomaston, Maine in the summer, be sure to take a little detour south for the best lobster roll of your life!