Sunday, May 24, 2009
One of the greatest things about living in Boston is that really great FRESH seafood is always close by. On this lovely Memorial Day weekend, we took the hour-ish drive up to Kittery, Maine, to a little hidden family-owned place called Morrison's Lobster.
This is classic New England charm -- a wood structure on the water, wood deck with just a few tables, and as you can maybe see in the picture below, a tiny "kitchen" which consists of three large pots of boiling water and a large water tank with FRESHLY caught lobsters.
It started out to be a cloudy day with some raindrops, but still the scenery was nice. Here are some lobster boats and traps:
An ugly bridge, more classic New England buildings...
A boy (part of the Morrison family?) who romped around barefoot in a wetsuit, and periodically jumped off the dock and into the water...
Here's the wooden deck on which we enjoyed our lobsters...
Speaking of lobsters, here is Morrison's minimal menu... it's basic and simple. Lobster, steamers, lobster roll, chowder/bisque, and the rest is up to you! BYO everything else (beer, side dishes).
I got the half-half clam chowder/lobster bisque. It may seem strange to combine the two, but they were DELICIOUS!! Creamy, salty, seafoody... I wish I took a picture but I ate it too fast! I also got a 1-1/4 pound boiled lobster. Morrison's keeps things simple here -- a boiled lobster served in a paper dish, with a little cup of drawn butter. Really, what could be better?
And here's the "after" shot... poor lobster didn't have a chance.
The Morrison family has two adorable dogs just hanging out... I tried to get a picture with one, but that didn't work out too well...
They painted her toenails!!
I really want one of these!!
And here's the other one... I think this one is older.
Anyway, I love love love fresh lobster, in all its cholesterol-filled-butter-dipping glory. Morrison's is truly a hidden gem -- off the beaten path, family-run, no nonsense, low-key. Even though every winter I ask myself, "Why am I living in New England?," and I am reminded when summer comes around that New England has so much charm and a whole lot to offer. Let me know if you're ever in the area!