With our trip to Maine nearly over, I had one last stop that I wanted to make. I wanted to go to Bagaduce Lunch. When you google the phrase "best lobster roll" you get a list of the top ten lobster shacks in Maine from Travel and Leisure magazine and Bagaduce Lunch is number one. It is a winner of the James Beard American Classics award in 2008. I had to go. The google driving instructions were a little off, so we took a wrong turn or two, but eventually found the shack on the side of the road. It was hard to miss with at least a half dozen cars and trucks pulled over. The menu is pretty long for a place this size. All sorts of fried seafood, hamburgers, hot dogs. Fries, onions rings. Everything you'd expect.
We went for the lobster rolls and fried clams. Standing there and waiting for the food was just a small torture as the people ahead of us in line had their number called and were presented to big piles of fried seafood that looked and smelled delicious. Finally our number was up and I had to stop myself from running to pick up our tray. We ate in the car because it was a little rainy, but they had some picnic tables that would have been nice if it were sunny. First the lobster rolls. Brilliant. Buttered and slightly toasted. The lobster, not overcooked. Simply dressed with mayonnaise. Wonderful. But it was the fried clams that were incredible and that will draw me back again and again. They were amazing. I couldn't believe just how good they were. If I lived anywhere close to Bagaduce I would go every day. That good.
I loved Bagaduce Lunch and I can't wait to go back and try the rest of the menu. The fish sandwich. The fried scallops. Apparently their onion rings are to die for. My next trip to Maine and Bagaduce Lunch will not been soon enough.