Sometimes, the best places can be discovered just off the beaten path. The same is true of local restaurants! That’s why we love Shannon’s Unshelled, a tiny lobster shack located right here in Boothbay Harbor. This spot is a favorite for some of the area’s best lobster rolls, lobster salads, and homemade lobster stew! Here is everything visitors need to know about this unassuming eatery.
Add a stop at Shannon’s Unshelled to your itinerary, and don’t forget that there are plenty of other hidden gems to be discovered here in Boothbay Harbor. For more local insight about the Midcoast region’s best restaurants, boutiques, museums, and outdoor excursions, access our complimentary Vacation Guide! This valuable tool has helped so many travelers plan the perfect getaway to coastal Maine.
Shannon’s Unshelled: One of Maine’s Best Lobster Shacks
About Shannon’s Unshelled
This local spot is one of the best lobster shacks in Maine! It all started in the summer of 2013 when owner Shannon realized there weren’t enough “quick” lobster rolls available in the area. She wanted to create a dish that reached guests quickly but retained the signature quality found in most locally owned restaurants. Today, Shannon’s Unshelled provides that perfect combination! Visitors can find this eatery at 11 Granary Way in the heart of downtown Boothbay Harbor.
What to Try on the Menu
There’s no better way to taste the flavors of Midcoast Maine than eating a fresh, whole lobster atop a buttery bun while looking out over the shimmering harbor. Though the lobster roll is a popular choice off the menu, this shack also serves hot dogs, lobster salads, and homemade lobster stew.
Other Boothbay Harbor Lobster Shacks to Visit
Just minutes from the towns of Boothbay Harbor and Southport is Red’s Eats, another popular lobster shack. Red’s has been featured in popular publications like DownEast Magazine, and celebrity foodies like Andrew Zimmern have given it their seal of approval. We recommend trying the classic lobster roll, which is piled high with the meat of an entire lobster!
Dunton’s Dog House
Dunton’s Dog House is another one of the best places to get tasty Maine lobster. We recommend trying the signature lobster roll, but there are plenty of other dishes to try. The menu includes hot dogs, chili dogs, hamburgers, clam chowder, and more!
For visitors who plan to arrive between May and October, there are so many places to try some of Boothbay Harbor’s delicious lobster! One of the best restaurants in the Boothbay Harbor area is The Pub at Newagen Seaside Inn, located in Southport. It’s an excellent choice for those who want to eat somewhere a little more elevated than a lobster shack. This sit-down restaurant’s menu features a variety of locally sourced dishes, including a sophisticated lobster bake for one. After dinner, guests can even take their drink to the wraparound deck and witness a beautiful sunset!
After a full day of exploring lobster spots like Shannon’s Unshelled, come back to the comfort and luxury of a Newagen Seaside Inn accommodation. Choose from our private cottages or unique guest rooms decorated in hues of sand and sea. In addition, the inn offers activities, events, and so much more.
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