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This place is actually right across the harbor from Bass Harbor in Bernard, but it's a small bay and Bernard is just a tiny settlement...
Anyway, here is the deal. I have eaten quite a few lobsters throughout New England, but no place has matched the quality or true feeling of a eating a Maine lobster in a lobster pound like Thurston's. Many restaurants try, but most fail. Maybe its because Thurston's is a real lobster pound and wholesaler. Maybe it's because their bugs are so fresh or perhaps it's because you're eating the lobsters right next to their dock overlooking Bass Harbor with all it's little lobster boats.
Whatever the reason, Thurston's is my current number one choice for lobsters in New England. I say my current number one, because I will continue sampling up and down the New England coast. But if, I am on Mount Desert Island, my decision is made, I am heading to Thurston's. And all you bloody people in Bar Harbor should too...make the effort, make the drive, it's worth it.
Oh, and by the way, screw the fork and lobster cracker, just use your hands...that's why they are there and that's how lobsters were meant to be eaten. Just think of that poor bastard who first discover lobsters were edible...do you think he/she had a cracker? Besides Thurston's has a nice little sink in the dining area for easy clean up and by not using the cracker you give the lobster one last dig, if you know what I mean...
One last thing, like most good lobster places, Thurston's is only open from Memorial Day (end of May) to October.
Favorite Dish: Get a nice 2 or 2½ pounder (hard shell, if available), have them throw in some steamers and some mussels for good measure (plus you can eat the steamers/mussels while your lobster cools a bit). If the corn looks good, grab an ear of that as well (again, New England corn is not as good as corn in the Midwest, that means Indiana).
The good folk at Thurston's will throw all this in a mesh bag with you name on and then drop it in the boiling water in that extra large tub out back. While you slowly sip (or guzzle) your beer or wine, the nice lobster turns bright red to perfection along with the steamers, mussels and corn (which turns bright yellow). Before you know it, your tasty crustacean is served.
Bass Harbor Favorites
Favorite thing: Bass Harbor is home to what is claimed to be the best known and most photographed light house in Maine... Well, here is my photograph of the Bass Harbor lighthouse, which is now the private residence of The Commander, United States Coast Guard Group Southwest Harbor. That means most of the land near the lighthouse is US Government property which translates into NO TRESPASSING... Regardless, they have put in some trails that lead down to the shore and some viewing areas.
Favorite thing: c.h. rich company
- fresh lobsters right off the boat, at very reasna prices! Owner is your typical Downeaster, but a really nice guy if you bring him a beer!!
Fondest memory: Wonderland and Seawall picnic areas, bring your lobsters and a BIG pot, to cook right on the water, right at the opening to Somes Sound!
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