Down East 2013 ©
Opening Day at Wiscasset’s famous eatery is a sure sign of summer on the horizon.
Nothing marks the beginning of the summer season like the opening of Red’s Eats in Wiscasset. And with Down East’s new book on the world-famous lobster shack set to hit bookstore shelves this June, we thought we’d take a trip to celebrate.
With fresh advanced copies of the book in hand, we drove down Route 1, found a parking spot quickly, and were warmly greeted by co-author Debbie Gagnon Cronk. Virginia Wright, the other co-author, has recently joined the staff of Down East Magazine so she was thrilled to make the quick trip down from our offices in Rockport. After months of working on the book, there wasn’t much of a choice to be made at the window: two lobster rolls, please. Plus those gigantic, sinfully delicious deep-fried zucchini strips. It counts as a vegetable, right? Even if it’s coated in a thick, unctuous layer of breading and dipped in ranch dressing?
Sitting on the deck, we were accompanied by just a few other loyal Red’s fans. Our lobster rolls were better than we’ve been imagining since beginning this book project a few months ago. Fresh, chewy lobster meat that bring that taste of the coast to your lips. All packaged in the perfectly buttered and grilled rolls drizzled with melted butter. Hello, summer!