Day 52, Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Beal’s Lobster Pier, SW Harbor, Maine
When you are alone, holidays can be hard… So I wasn’t sure what to expect from my road trip birthday. Did I want to mark it in any way, or just let it slide by unnoticed?
Being in Maine at my birthday was fortuitous. I had always wanted to try whole lobster, and what better place to experience it for the first time than Maine, where I could have fresh whole Maine lobster right at the source!
I asked around that morning and learned that Beal’s Lobster Pier was recommended as the place to be for Maine lobster. It was near Acadia National Park, so when I finished my days’ touristing, I headed over to check it out. I arrived fairly early; if I remember correctly it was just before 5, and it wasn’t too busy yet. I let the man at the counter know I had never had whole Maine lobster, and he set to work picking out a good one for me. And the sides, you can’t forget the sides… Coleslaw, corn on the cob, and cornbread…
After I paid, I wandered out to find a table with my glass of Vinho Verde, and had the most incredible view of the harbor from my seat. It was a warm evening, and I felt so at peace on the water, seeing the occasional boat come in.
My lobster came with instructions on how to crack and eat it, and I was so grateful! I made sure to take a photo so I could have it in case one day I needed them.
My meal was amazing! So fresh, and so simple, and easily one of the best meals I have ever had. It was delicious, and I felt like it was a birthday dinner done right!
Note: For those of you in the know, this was the day before my actual birthday. It still counts!