Wednesday, Dec. 22, was a disappointing day for local fisherman Nahum Kelley. It was the day that his lobster boat sank in Southwest Harbor. Kelley has been a longtime fisherman out of Beal’s Lobster Pier and has lived in Southwest Harbor his entire life.
While direct shipping is steady during the year, with some days seeing 30 or 40 orders, it goes gangbusters during the holiday season. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, Snyder estimated Beal’s would fill as many as 2,500 orders, averaging about 70 a day. On Wednesday, the crew at Beal’s were packing about 120 orders of lobster to send them out in time for New Year’s Eve.
People around the U.S. love their lobster. But when there’s a pandemic and the piers close for the winter, what are cross-country, crustacean-crazed customers to do when they get the urge for fresh lobster rolls?
Have them shipped.
Beal’s Lobster Pier has been in operation since 1932, and the restaurant served its first customers during its opening in 1969. So yeah, you could say they know what they’re doing when it comes to selling and serving fresh seafood. So grab a couple of lobster rolls, a cup of clam chowder, a piece of Maine blueberry pie, and hell, why not throw it the blueberry soda too. Finally, make sure to sit outside, along the pier, and keep an eye out for a hungry seal looking for scraps from the harbor’s fishing boats.
At this lobster shack right outside the town of Bar Harbor, you choose your own lobster, and they steam it for you right there. Then you can choose from some extras like clams, corn, and local blueberry pie.
"Where can I eat lobster and other fresh seafood near Acadia National Park?"
Numerous restaurants and eateries serve Maine lobster and fresh seafood on Mount Desert Island. Thurston’s Lobster Pound has a screened-in porch stretching out over Bass Harbor, Beal’s Lobster Pier serves some of the best lobster rolls, and the Wharf Gallery and Grill is set in the tiny fishing village of Corea on the Schoodic Peninsula.
This small island town right next to Acadia National Park is a must if you like lobstah and the outdoors. There are so many trails for your pup to enjoy AND so many outdoor restaurants on the water for relaxing afterward. If you're in the mood for some truly iconique lobster rolls, pop by Beal's Lobster Pier, an island staple. In fact, the Bar Harbor tourism board is out here fully begging you to bring your dog. There's no excuse!
With temperatures rising and summer on the horizon, it's time to start thinking about your lobster order again. Do you prefer your lobsters steamed, boiled, or grilled? When you order a lobster roll, do you go Connecticut style (with hot and buttered lobster meat) or Maine style (served cold, and the lobster meat tossed with mayonnaise and celery)?
Nowadays we're lucky enough to enjoy having some of the world's best seafood purveyors right that the tips of our wifi connections, no matter where you happen to call home. As they say, there are plenty of fish in the sea, and these are the best shops to call on to get them all delivered directly to your door.