Waterman’s Beach Lobster: Steamed and scrumptious lobster
343 Waterman Beach Rd, South Thomaston, Maine
Right on the beach in Maine is where we found the best lobster we’ve eaten in our entire lives, no exaggeration. Waterman’s Beach occupies a small area on the beach with breathtaking ocean views, a pier walks out to the water and live lobster traps are littered along the pier and the beach. That’s how we knew the lobsters were fresh. Waterman’s Beach Lobster is owned by a lady whose brother is a fisherman and all the lobsters served are caught daily. The spiny, delicious shellfish swarm around in tanks in the kitchen waiting to be cooked to order. The lady in the kitchen let me go in and take pictures of them which admittedly felt a little strange since within minutes, I would eating the same lobster that I took pictures of.
In addition to east coast lobster, the other seafood we fell in love with in New England were the whole belly clams. I can tell how they got their name as each clam looked like it had a full swollen belly, these humongous clams make clams from the Pacific coast look like puny wimps.
Our whole belly clams were served up with a cup of broth and some butter. We were so curious what was even in the styrofoam cup of liquid when it was set down on our table, our server had to explain that the cup was full of the clam broth that the clams were cooked in. What we were supposed to do was dip the clams into the broth before dipping them into the butter.
The clams were amazing, juicy and gigantic. I don’t even think they needed the butter, they were so flavourful. The clams are a lot brinier than west coast clams. We loved them.
Next up, the most scrumptious lobsters we had ever eaten. We noticed that the lobsters were a brighter red than what we ate at Union Oyster House in Boston. The lobster meat also seemed more tender, sliding right out of the shells smoothly and easily. I found that these lobsters were much tastier than our boiled lobsters from Union Oyster House in Boston. We found out this was because while the lobsters at Union Oyster House were boiled, Waterman’s Beach Lobster steams their lobsters. The result was a much more tender and flavourful lobster, the meat was soft and sweet-tasting, with a definite melt-in-your-mouth quality. Steaming the lobsters also left a white creamy but delectable residue on the insides of the shells, we tried to suck each shell dry but our experienced server still laughed at our rookie attempts at picking at a lobster. We left many of the legs untouched. She had to give us a crash course on detaching and sucking each little lobster leg till each one was hollow. I guess we need more experience eating whole lobster.
Waterman’s Beach is such a great location. Just eating these lobsters right on the beach next to the ocean also enhanced our experience. Food totally tastes better when eaten outside.
We also ordered a crab sandwich that was served in a cute little bun. The crab was so tender and sweet, it almost overshadowed the lobster.
We couldn’t leave without a slice of Maine blueberry pie. We shared a big slice that was so fresh from the oven, it basically collapsed when the slice was placed onto our plate. I loved everything about this pie. The buttery, flaky crust that was layer upon layer of richness and that gooey, sweet, syrupy thick blueberry filling: to die for. The big Maine blueberries were so plump that most of them kept their shape in the baking process and each bite was filled with little explosions of juicy sweet blueberries.
Waterman’s Beach Lobster is winner of the James Beard Award. If you’re ever in Maine, make sure you swing by and order the lobster with a slice of pie.