Excellent | Worth a Detour
Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound
Review by: Jess Dawson
The minute we walk up to this roadside stand, we’re greeted by Charlotte. She encourages us to take our time as we peruse the goods. She seems to be in no hurry herself, despite the fact that it’s the very last day of her stand’s season.
The menu is broad, from grilled cheese and crab sandwiches to vegan and vegetarian dishes. We choose bacon-wrapped scallops, a cup of clam chowder, and a quarter-pound lobster roll (there’s also a foot-long behemoth). After learning that we’re going to stay and enjoy it on the side patio, Charlotte hollers at her dad to add a log to the wood-burning stove.
We sit down on the cozy patio, which is outfitted with red picnic benches, Maine paraphernalia, and, best of all, Gil — Charlotte’s father and “resident janitor.” He, too, is warm and inviting, chatting with us about the beauty of Maine as he stokes the fire.
Everything arrives at once, along with a bonus bag of Cape Cod potato chips. We dig into the clam chowder first. The consistency is right in the middle: a creamy, hearty concoction with fresh-caught clams and just the right amount of potatoes. We easily take down the cup, and could have made a meal out of this alone.
Bacon-wrapped scallops are simple but executed beautifully. Tightly-wrapped in thick-cut bacon, the scallops aren’t overdone. They’re served with a tiny side of Maine maple syrup, which brings out the subtle sweetness of the scallops and balances the salt from the bacon. And while not presumed star of the show, the lobster roll is fresh, with a lightly buttered, slightly crumbly roll and a slip of lettuce. There is light sauce that’s hard to discern, but unnecessary with the fresh lobster.
Gil keeps us company as we eat, and is joined by a friend who orders a whole, cherry-red lobster and golden French fries. Everyone here takes time to enjoy their food. It’s like they know how good they have it, and are relishing the last days of fall before winter blankets the coast.
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