Donuts and Lobster Rolls: A Photo Tour of Eating in Maine

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I just spent my first summer weekend in Maine and I’m filled with regret that it took me this long to see the splendor of New England during August. Wow. What an absolutely gorgeous place to be when the weather is just right. I grew up in the Midwest and always appreciated the rare time when the snow wasn’t falling and the summer humidity wasn’t crushing you. I think Mainers feel the same way.

This past weekend was nearly perfect and in between enjoying the scenery of Portland, ME, I also happened to squeeze in a few meals. Since my girlfriend happens to be America’s foremost donut lover, we spent some quality time at Holy Donuts where Maine-style potato donuts are en vogue. Since I can’t go somewhere without trying the local specialties, we also had quite a few lobster rolls and crab rolls. We left completely stuffed and totally happy — although I think we wish we had packed a few extra lobster rolls for the plane…

Check out our weekend eating adventures in stunning Portland, Maine:


Jumbo oysters broiled to perfection with Korean flavors mingling with a slightly tangy slaw.


The full spread at Eventide Oyster Co., one of the most exciting restaurants in Portland.


BBQ octopus at Eventide may have been our favorite dish of the day. Imagine succulent octopus combined with traditional Mexican esquites. Mmmm.


Peekytoe crab roll on top. Brown butter lobster roll on the bottom. The rolls are actually the type of steamed buns you’d get at dim sum instead of a split hot dog roll.


The ultra-simple lobster roll at J’s Oysters, a divey bar right off the main drag of Portland’s Old Port neighborhood.


Holy Donuts!


The donut close-up.


A traditional lobster bake in honor of my good friend Josh’s wedding.


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