Lobster Bake on the Beach Every Saturday Night
Taste old-time Maine...Lobster Bakes at Searsport ShoresHow do we do it?
First, you should know we've had a bit of experience...Steven's family is from Portland and lobster is a traditional celebration meal that has been going on for as long as anyone can remember...at least four generations. We've been preparing and serving these Lobster Bakes here at Searsport Shores for 16 years...always bringing you the best possible meal...we prepare it for you the same way we do for our aunts and uncles at Thanksgiving.
Every Saturday morning, over a cup of coffee we check the tide chart to coordinate harvesting the seaweed and getting the necessary buckets of seawater...(always better to do these tasks when the tide is out rather than knee deep in the water). Then we call the lobstermen and a couple of the local farmers to order the seafood and veggies...it's taken us years to make the best connections but you'll enjoy yourself all the more knowing that whenever possible, your corn was picked from the field that morning and the mussels you're eating were harvested from the rocks just hours before dinner.
By 1:00 P.M. we're gathering forces to start the fire and prep the picnic area. All the wood we burn is from the spring clean-up of the campground...no tree has been harmed! The fire needs to be built early because the key to a good bake is an inferno of hot coals. For years now, Jim (our favorite IT guy and good friend) guarantees the fire while his wife Becky husks the corn and scrubs the potatoes...and generally makes everything pretty and nice. Remember, this isn't always an easy task because we're not setting up a dining room in a hotel, we're hosting a grand picnic at the shore...so conversations generally run along the lines of breezes, tides, clouds and seagulls.
While the interesting stuff is happening at the beach, Astrig has begun the homemade rolls or bread indulgences up at the house where the yeast rises away from the drafts of the ocean. A quick walk through the garden provides herbs and vegetables that mix in or garnish your breads...call it ADD but it's rare to have to of the exact same meals in a row around here.
About 45 minutes before dinner, Jim and Steven pile the seaweed onto steel plates (gratefully recuperated from the boat building yard at Bath Ironworks) and add buckets of steamer clams & blue mussels, local lobsters, fresh corn on the cob, and mixed bags of sweet onions and golden potatoes...we work diligently to bring your family a meal has been grown in or on the shores of Penobscot Bay. Of course, if you're with one of those who prefer steak to lobster, Jim can grill you one to perfection...you just have to ask in advance.
While the food is steaming and the rolls are just coming out of the oven some lucky child gets to ring the authentic, bronze ship bell to bring everyone down to the feast. The first course is abundant mounds of steamed mussels with unlimited butter...served family style as a warm-up to the main course. If you haven't enjoyed freshly harvested mussels before, we hope that you'll be delighted by their sweet, salty taste and velvety texture. And don't be afraid to ask for tips on eating them...we know all about beards and sexy ways to dip them into the warm butter.
We finish the meal with one of Astrig's favorite desserts garnered from old family cookbooks (for those who remember Rosalie, Astrig's Mom, she was the real cook in the family and left quite a collection of recipes behind)...different every week. Sometimes it's peach/ blueberry Cobbler (and a dash of schnapps) with locally made ice-cream and coffee, other times is a dense chocolate pudding cake or maybe Tom's special request...something with dates and pecans. No matter the dessert, you always have the choice of a bowl of delicious vanilla ice cream...the perfect ending to a summer eve's feast.
Fresh home-made strawberry/lemonade and locally roasted coffee is served with your meal but you are welcome (even encouraged) to bring your favorite beverage. Children can either enjoy a lobster-bake dinner or have all beef hot dogs in the place of a lobster for a reduced rate. Because of the way we serve the meals, everyone who comes down to dinner must have a ticket. If it makes your world easier, there are grassy places close to the dining pavilion where you could spread a picnic blanket for your children and tease them with PB &J while you eat with us ;)
Because it's all local and fresh- you must order your meals in advance. We cook for only 45 people on Saturday night...so please don't be disappointed, reserve early and come to us hungry!
5:30 P.M. Lobster Bakes at the Beach.
Seating is limited, advanced ticket purchase necessary.
Please give us a call at any time and don't forget to
reserve your seat at the beach for a lobster bake experience
you'll never forget.