Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Ken's Maine Trip -- Day 6

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Time to head for Florida. I had a very nice visit and it was a sunny day. Late morning I drove south to PWM -- the Portland International Jetport. Here's PWM's Wiki page. My flight was at 2:45. I had to gas up the car and drop it off and get me and my knee through Homeland Security. By the time I was at my gate I needed some lunch and spotted the Shipyard Pub.

Bar coaster: Shipyard Brewery, Portland, MaineAs soon as I sat down I saw that it was clearly a branch of Portland's Shipyard Brewery, Maine biggest brewer.

As I looked through the menu I realized this was the brewer who made Maine's favorite fall beverage -- Pumpkinhead Ale. They described it as having "a hint of cinnamon and nutneg." Maybe some other time.

I ordered iced tea and a lobster roll. Why on earth would I think an airport restaurant, even a locally owned one in Portland, Maine could serve an edible lobster roll? I hadn't had one in years ever since getting a rubbery one in Boston at Legal Sea Foods that was so badly overseasoned (lots of tarragon perhaps?) that there was no taste of lobster at all.

At the Shipyard Pub the lobster roll was on the properly toasted and buttered New England-style hot dog bun. On a single lettuce leaf was half a small, undressed lobster, a lemon wedge, and at one end less than a tablespoon of mayonnaise. No celery, no onions, no lobster hidden in a blanket of mayo. Just big pieces of tender, barely cooked lobster. Perhaps the best lobster roll I have ever eaten. The joke is you have to ask for extra mayonnaise.

The flight home on AirTran was easy and we had Sonny's BBQ takeout for supper.


Claire F Rich said...

I enjoyed your trip. Thanks for taking us along.

Kenyo said...

Glad you enjoyed it. Be sure to come along on the next trip.