Legendary | Worth driving from anywhere
Sea Basket | Maine Seafood in the Rough | Wiscasset, ME
Review by: Jane & Michael Stern
Regal Lobster Stew
If you like lobster stew, you must come to Sea Basket. Knuckle, tail, and claw meat crowd butter-glistening liquid that is milk-rich but not thickened or heavy. You’d expect to dip into a dish so rich and refined with a silver spoon out of a Staffordshire china bowl. But Sea Basket’s exquisite Maine seafood comes in a bowl that is Styrofoam with a spoon that is plastic. Fish and clam chowders also make seafood lovers very happy.
These people know how to fry. Proof: fresh, crisp baskets of fried shrimp, clams, and haddock. If you like scallops, Sea Basket will make you especially happy. A veil of crust so tender that it virtually melts when bitten envelops these silky nuggets of marine sweetness.
We highly recommend the lobster roll. Never-frozen hunks of pink meat, bound in just enough mayonnaise, come piled high. Curiously, the roll uses a sturdy bun similar to what you’d find in a hero sandwich. In our opinion, the bread steals taste buds’ attention. Its substance detracts from the delicate taste and texture of the lobster it contains.
To follow its exquisite Maine seafood, Sea Basket offers a broad selection of whoopie pies. Thick, soft chocolate cakes around white sugar filling define whoopie pie classicism. But here you also can choose from a wide creative repertoire. They make raspberry crème whoopie pies with white cookies. Peanut butter cream fills a great sweet cookie sandwich. Sea Basket boasts that its thin-mint whoopie pie “tastes just like one!”
A Roadside Treasure
Laminate booths and tile walls tell you that this neat and tidy roadside cafe does not put on airs. Eat-in-the-rough: place an order and wait for your number to be called.
Nutritional worrywarts will be happy to know that the menu includes a “Heart Smart” category. Here you find crispy chicken salad, a hot baked potato (with sour cream and butter!), and soup with a toasted garlic roll.
Note: Sea Basket closes in January and February, and it is always closed on Tuesdays.
|Seasons||Summer, Fall, Spring|
|Meals Served||Lunch, Dinner|
|Credit Cards Accepted||Yes|