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"Red's Eats: World's Best Lobster Shack"

Chowing down at the best place around

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People in Maine know the perfect place to go for some grub after a full day out on the water.
"Red's Eats: World's Best Lobster Shack" ($14.95, Down East, August 2010) by Virginia Wright and Debbie Gagnon Cronk explains what it is about this tiny eatery in Wiscasset, Maine, that makes people happily wait an hour or more for a lobster roll. The tiny eatery on U.S. Route 1 has been around since 1938 and many argue you're not a true Mainer until you've eaten at Red's.

Whether you've lived in the area for years or are a tourist just passing through, this is the book to have to get the lowdown on this legendary hot spot.
Wright has been a journalist in Maine for 25 years and is a writer for Down East magazine. She is also the editor of The Landmarks Observer, a quarterly newspaper published by Greater Portland Landmarks, and former features editor of The Times Record in Brunswick. She currently lives in Camden, Maine.
Cronk's father, Al "Red" Gagnon, bought Red's in the 1970s when it was nearly defunct and made it what it is today. When she is not working 18-hour days at the restaurant half the year, she lives in Dresden, Maine, where she and her husband raise champion boxers and quarter horses. For information, visit

This article originally appeared in the Home Waters sections of the August 2010 issue.