Monday, July 23, 2007
Greetings From Maine: Cook's Lobster House
After visiting day, we said goodbye to boy #1 and headed off with boy #2 to get something to eat. Visiting weekend for camp in Maine is the single busiest tourist weekend of the year, and we knew that we were going to have to drive a bit if we wanted to get a seat at a decent place. The Lovely Wife had read about Cook's Lobster House (207-833-2818), and was excited by the fact that it was surrounded by water on three sides. She also liked the fact that it promised a water view from every seat. I liked the fact that it was so far from most of the camps that few would venture there. They also didn't take reservations, which could only help us.
Cook's is located on Bailey Island, which is about 13 miles south of the US 1 exit for Cook's Corner (are there enough Cook's to spoil the broth?? ha. ha.) Its a slow, but pretty drive. When you cross a cribstone bridge (looks like large horizontal slabs stacked up on their sides), you are almost there. Follow the signs!
We came late in the day, and had to wait about 20 minutes to eat. They have a pretty typical menu. I would recommend some variation on a whole steamed lobster and steamers. The steamers were the best we had this particular trip to Maine. We also tried a broiled seafood platter (with the lemon sauce, at the recommendation of our server), which was rather good. For children, there is a very reasonable $15.00 lobster and steamer dinner. The kid gets a cull (one claw ), but you save a bundle. They also have some land food, but you are not going to this tiny finger island in Maine to eat a burger. So don't.
Cook's is moderately difficult to get to, and if its entirely full, its a long drive back to go somewhere else. Having said that, it was a great place to eat and the view is in fact as spectacular as billed. Go late in the day, have a beer while you wait, and look out at the water. Its worth it.