Thurston's Lobster Pound

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9 Thurston road, Bernard, ME, USA - (207) 244-7600
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Lobster eating can't get better and more personal Mar 28, 2014
N44°14.350' W68°21.153' Food from a shack may not be where you'll find the best food, but the lobsters from Thurston’s Lobster Pound shack in Bernard ME are exceptional good. And the shack is very functional for lobster eating, because you'll make a mess of it, but in a shack this doesn't care. Just ask a bib and a lot of tissues. Everyone does.

Bernard is a 40-minute drive from Bar Harbour and opposite Bass Harbour. The Island Explorer bus will stop at Thurston’s. It’s open until 21:00 hour. We arrived at this Lonely Planet favourite in August 2013 around 20:00 hour and found a parking spot easily. Inside, the queue wasn’t that long anymore, but long enough the study the menu and chooses our personal lobster, which is by the way fatal for the poor guy/girl. In front of Thurston’s stands a big barrel with boiling water, where he/she meets his/her final destiny.

Because Thurston is a travel book favourite, local people are clearly outnumbered. Staff at Thurston’s know their guests come from other continents and take time the explain everything and even encourage you to be photographed with your lobster of choice on death row, minutes away from execution. They even advise you to upload your pictures to their website.

From our brief experience with lobster eating, technique is essential. Knowing that a soft shell makes cracking easier for newbies like us, we soon enjoyed the fresh lobster meat. Deliciously fresh and very tasteful. Only the Thurston’s ale was a disappointment: coca cola with alcohol. Thurston, stay with what you do so well: serving the best lobster.
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