Ocean Park: The Restaurants

During our vacation we eat out almost every night (with the exception of bringing home lobsters from Bayley’s one night), and we eat as much lobster and seafood as we can. As a pescetarian, this is basically a dream come true. Most of these restaurants aren’t actually in Ocean Park or Old Orchard Beach but in the surrounding area.

The Bait Shed at Bayley’s Lobster Pound

In my opinion, Bayley’s Lobster Pound is the best place in Maine to pick up some live or cooked lobsters. Of course you can pick the exact one you want too! Within the last few years they’ve added a sit down restaurant and bar, the Bait Shed. The seating is picnic tables on the dock right over the salt marsh. The food is also amazing. We started with some crab flatbread which was delish. My dad started with their famous lobster bisque, unfortunately I had reached my lobster bisque quota the night before. My mom and I then shared the twin lobster dinner, because who needs sides when you have lobster (not me). Bayley’s and the Bait Shed is an absolute must. The only complaint I had is that there was no Clamato so my Caesar had to be a Bloody Mary…seriously, Americans you do not know what you are missing out on!

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The Lobster Shack at Two Lights

The Lobster Shack is one of my favourite restaurants in Maine, mostly because of the view. It’s a counter service restaurant and once again you sit at picnic tables. Warning: the later you go the messier the tables get. The line to order also gets super long here! But the view is definitely worth it and the lobster rolls are top notch.

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Ken’s

Tbh I’m not a huge fan of Ken’s, but if you like whole fried clams, then this is the place for you. Β However I do not. I went for the fried scallops (wish I had got baked), but they were still pretty good. The inside of the restaurant reminds me of a government funded overnight camp, so I refuse to eat inside. There are some picnic tables outside that will do (whatta surprise).

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Yellowfin’s

So as you may recall, we love Yellowfin’s. It’s the same place we went for brunch earlier in the week. Recap: it’s the only restaurant in Ocean Park and it’s BYOB with no corkage fee. We brought a couple of bottles of white with us, but there are lots of options. The table beside us brought their own cooler full of beer, truly keeping it classy. The food is so good here, I started with one of my favourite dishes, ahi tuna with wasabi and ginger. For my entree I was torn between the lazy man’s lobster and the lobster risotto. I ordered the risotto and finished it so fast I didn’t even get a chance to snap a pic. Lastly was the dessert trio, key lime pie (my fave), cheesecake with strawberries and chocolate lava cake. It was all my dreams come true on one plate.

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We go to these restaurants ever year on our vacation, anyone have any recommendations for next year?

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