Back in the Colonial days, fresh Maine lobster was considered “poverty food.” The lobsters were harvested from the various tidal pools and served to prisoners and indentured servants, who had exchanged their passage to America for seven years of service to their sponsors. Until the early 1800s, lobster fishing was done by hand. The lobster trap came into existence in Maine in 1850. Today Maine is the largest lobster-producing state in America. If you go into almost any Maine restaurant, you can be sure that you will find some form of lobster dish on the menu.
If you are a true Maine seafood lover, you cannot say that you have really visited Maine until you experience the taste of a fresh Maine Lobster. Once you have dined on this fabulous dish, you will understand why fresh Maine lobster, sometimes referred to as the King of Seafood, is so popular. These crustaceans are blessed with a distinctive flavor that is simultaneously mild and somewhat sweet. So what gives it this unique flavor? Fresh Maine lobster tastes so good because the Maine coastal waters are some of the purest in the world. The rocky coastline combined with the impressively strong wave action can take credit for keeping this purification process in check.
Believe it or not, when you order lobster at Maine restaurants, you are choosing a type of Maine seafood that has less cholesterol, calories, and saturated fats than either chicken or turkey! Fresh Maine lobster has a good deal of protein - 18.8 grams per 3 1/2-ounce serving. It also has less than 1 gram of fat. A serving of fresh Maine lobster has 90 calories, 95 mg. of cholesterol, 253 mg. of sodium and .2 grams of omega-3 fatty acid. Aside from the greenish-brown colored lobsters, there are also rare blue, yellow, red and white ones. With the exception of the white lobsters, they will all turn red when cooked. In addition to fresh Maine lobster, you may also find a Maine restaurant that serves lobster rolls. This is a salad that is made from lobster, mayonnaise, lemon juice and celery. It is usually served on a hot dog roll.
Aside from lobster, Maine seafood is a popular entree at Maine restaurants. Some types of Maine seafood dishes, such as potato crab cakes, are unique to the area. If you like fried food, fried haddock is another popular Maine seafood entrée.
New England clam chowder is often served at typical Maine restaurants. In most parts of Maine, the chowder, or “chowdah” as they say is similar to the milky style that is popular in Boston. However, when you eat at a Down East Maine restaurant, you may be likely to find a clam chowder that is made with tomatoes.