Can you identify this dining spot?
Photographed by Susan Cole KellyIt’s a gloriously sunny summer morning in southern Maine, and in just a few hours, these picnic tables will be filled with diners cracking lobsters and gobbling fried haddock and clams. They’ll relish their meals under the envious gazes of dozens of hungry people queued from the entrance of the little restaurant all the way to the rocky edge of the sea. To be sure, the wait won’t be unpleasant: the wide-open ocean views and crashing waves have the power to soothe even the most impatient of personalities. Regulars know, however, that on foggy days, it’s a good idea to come armed with earplugs — the foghorn of a nearby lighthouse is that loud. It’s one of two historic light stations on this point — the other, deactivated decades ago, was immortalized by the artist Edward Hopper, and its past owners include the actor Gary Merrill (better known as Bette Davis’ ex-husband). People have been coming to this point to eat lobster for nearly 100 years, and many plan a day around it by exploring in the nearby state park.
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