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Maine Street's Down East lobster roll with tarragon mayo
Maine Street's Down East lobster roll with tarragon mayo
Maine Street Lobster Roll

Where to Get Your East Coast Lobster Fix in Portland

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Maine Street's Down East lobster roll with tarragon mayo
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If ever there was a good reason to break Portland’s golden food rule of eating locally, it’s to coast through the summer with sweet and succulent lobster. Here are our top spots for enjoying the East Coast crustacean, from a humble food cart to fine dining destinations.

— Elizabeth Brownfield, Carolyn Alburger

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Maine Street Lobster Company

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8145 Southeast 82nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97266
(770) 480-3437
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Of the many seafood items at this cart, what you really want is the lobster roll: sweet tail and claw meat on a hot griddled roll, served Maine-style (hot with drawn butter), or “Down East” (with lemony, tarragon-flecked mayo). Owners David Beavers and Cathy Evenson fly meat in from “the other Portland” three times a week. Expect their new micro restaurant to soft open in Bethany Village soon.

[Photo: Yelp/Maine Street Lobster Company]

2. Hawthorne Lobster House

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2422 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 231-8245
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The dark blinds blocking out the sun and “best tail in Portland” motto may read more like a strip club than a restaurant at first glance. But it’s worth a visit for the traditional New England style lobster roll, dressed with mayo, lemon, and celery. You’ll also find lobster meat as the star in half the dishes on the menu, from bisque to lobster Newburg. During happy hour, snap up lobster sliders for $6 when you buy a drink.

[Photo: Facebook/Hawthorne Lobster house]

3. The Driftwood Room at Hotel deLuxe

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729 SW 15th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 219-2094
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Going to a Timbers game doesn’t have to mean suffering through lackluster hot dogs and stale popcorn. Pre-game at the Driftwood Room, and indulge in the creamy, decadent lobster mac & cheese, made with a silky sauce of gruyere, white cheddar, and blue cheeses. (Available game days only.)

[Photo: Hotel Deluxe Portland]

4. Departure

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525 SW Morrison St
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 802-5370
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Even local champion and Top Chef runner-up Gregory Gourdet makes an exception for this anything-but-local crustacean. Right now at Departure, he’s working lobster into PNW-meets-Asia specials like claw and tail meat gently poached in coconut milk and kaffir lime, served with sweet grilled corn, briny sea beans, bright watermelon and cilantro. Catch it while you can.

5. RingSide Fish House

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838 S.W. Park Ave.
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 227-3900
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This somewhat corporate-feeling American-style seafood and steak house has Maine lobster all over the menu. A true fanatic can get lobster soup, followed by lobster Thermidor with OG brandy cream and a side of lobster-topped mashed potatoes. In the hands of chef David Ezelle it all comes out just right.

[Photo: Ringside Fish House]

6. Jake's Famous Crawfish

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401 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 226-1419
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The name says crawfish but the twin lobster tails are a solid bet at this Downtown somewhat touristy spot. Jake's is a legit Portland landmark and it's more than worth the trip you're craving expertly cooked crustacean.

[Photo: McCormick & Shmicks]

1. Maine Street Lobster Company

8145 Southeast 82nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97266
Of the many seafood items at this cart, what you really want is the lobster roll: sweet tail and claw meat on a hot griddled roll, served Maine-style (hot with drawn butter), or “Down East” (with lemony, tarragon-flecked mayo). Owners David Beavers and Cathy Evenson fly meat in from “the other Portland” three times a week. Expect their new micro restaurant to soft open in Bethany Village soon.

[Photo: Yelp/Maine Street Lobster Company]

8145 Southeast 82nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97266

2. Hawthorne Lobster House

2422 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
The dark blinds blocking out the sun and “best tail in Portland” motto may read more like a strip club than a restaurant at first glance. But it’s worth a visit for the traditional New England style lobster roll, dressed with mayo, lemon, and celery. You’ll also find lobster meat as the star in half the dishes on the menu, from bisque to lobster Newburg. During happy hour, snap up lobster sliders for $6 when you buy a drink.

[Photo: Facebook/Hawthorne Lobster house]

2422 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

3. The Driftwood Room at Hotel deLuxe

729 SW 15th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
Going to a Timbers game doesn’t have to mean suffering through lackluster hot dogs and stale popcorn. Pre-game at the Driftwood Room, and indulge in the creamy, decadent lobster mac & cheese, made with a silky sauce of gruyere, white cheddar, and blue cheeses. (Available game days only.)

[Photo: Hotel Deluxe Portland]

729 SW 15th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

4. Departure

525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204
Even local champion and Top Chef runner-up Gregory Gourdet makes an exception for this anything-but-local crustacean. Right now at Departure, he’s working lobster into PNW-meets-Asia specials like claw and tail meat gently poached in coconut milk and kaffir lime, served with sweet grilled corn, briny sea beans, bright watermelon and cilantro. Catch it while you can.
525 SW Morrison St
Portland, OR 97204

5. RingSide Fish House

838 S.W. Park Ave., Portland, OR 97205
This somewhat corporate-feeling American-style seafood and steak house has Maine lobster all over the menu. A true fanatic can get lobster soup, followed by lobster Thermidor with OG brandy cream and a side of lobster-topped mashed potatoes. In the hands of chef David Ezelle it all comes out just right.

[Photo: Ringside Fish House]

838 S.W. Park Ave.
Portland, OR 97205

6. Jake's Famous Crawfish

401 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
The name says crawfish but the twin lobster tails are a solid bet at this Downtown somewhat touristy spot. Jake's is a legit Portland landmark and it's more than worth the trip you're craving expertly cooked crustacean.

[Photo: McCormick & Shmicks]

401 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

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