I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).
Lobster Rolls, Anyone?
Based on the recommendation of a good friend, my husband and I recently visited Maine-ly Sandwiches, a successful chain of restaurants in Houston. Our friend happens to spend some of his vacation time each year in Maine doing volunteer work, so he's very familiar with lobster. He teaches Boy Scout leaders so that they can instruct the next generation. We think that it is admirable!
It all started when we were comparing notes with our friend who regularly spends time in Maine about tasty local restaurant meals we had enjoyed. We mentioned having had a lobster roll. That is when our friend began to speak fondly of the delectable lobster rolls he enjoys every time he visits Maine. It is all about the pure fresh taste of lobster, according to him. He orders fresh Maine lobster to be shipped to his home occasionally for special meals that he prepares.
The way the perfectly cooked lobster is served on a toasted, fresh buttered hot dog type of bun is the way he has grown to love it. He told us that Maine-ly Sandwiches comes the closest to the lobster rolls he knows and loves in Maine. We wanted to one day give them a taste.
The photos above show the exterior of the building adorned with mural scenery. We parked in the back. During busy times of the day or evening, that small parking lot probably fills quickly. People would then have to find available nearby street parking.
A Maine-ly Sandwiches food and catering truck was in the back parking lot at the time of our visit. Upon entering this casual eatery, the nautical theme was instantly apparent.
Customers order their food and pay for it at a counter. That is where one sees the food offerings on a blackboard written in chalk.
Naturally, we decided that we must taste a lobster roll! My husband ordered a half lobster roll and a cup of clam chowder. Accompanying it was a package of oyster crackers and a wrapped piece of saltwater taffy. Since we regularly share our food, I decided to order the crab roll. I also chose the clam chowder soup as an accompaniment.
We liked both of our sandwiches. The clam chowder had an excellent clam broth taste. We did not end up with an enormous amount of actual clam bits in our styrofoam cups. Perhaps the next person in line lucked out with more when the chowder was ladled into the container.
The pictured seagulls below are on the wall at Maine-ly Sandwiches. It brings back my memories of seeing and hearing seagulls in places like Galveston, Fort Walton Beach, and Sarasota, Florida, among others.
Without sea breezes and sounds of seagulls, the interior decor is the next best thing. We almost feel as though we are dining at a casual restaurant in our nearby coastal city of Galveston.
If you desire a casual nautically themed restaurant in which to savor some good Maine lobster, be sure to add this restaurant to your list of places to visit. They have many other types of sandwiches, in addition to seafood.
Did you know the following about lobsters?
- There are warm-water lobsters, as well as cold-water lobsters.
- Maine lobster is a cold-water lobster.
- Cold-water lobsters are the only ones with defined front claws.
- There are hard- and soft-shelled lobsters.
- Maine lobster is hard-shelled, but all lobsters molt to keep growing.
- The meat of lobsters is reputedly most delicate after molting but is hard to ship.
- Lobsters keep growing while alive and can get to live up to 50 years old!
- These crustaceans live in crevices and under rocks walking on the ocean floor when feeding at night.
- They have blue blood and are omnivorous crustaceans.
- According to the Guinness World Records, the heaviest caught lobster was 44.4 pounds!
The Maine-ly Sandwiches we visited was located at 3310 S. Shepherd Drive, Houston, Texas 77098. Note: It has now closed, but they have three other locations plus a food truck, according to their website. They open every day at 11 a.m. and stay open until 9 p.m. every day of the week.
© 2020 Peggy Woods
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 19, 2020:
We merely ordered the food in this restaurant. If you wish to make a lobster roll, there are many online recipes you can easily locate.
Devika Primic on August 19, 2020:
Your recipes are delightful. I enjoy cooking would like to try new recipes. This sounds the perfect one to me,
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 04, 2020:
Those sandwiches were a treat. Maine-ly Sandwiches has become a very successful chain of restaurants due to the quality of their food. Thanks for your good wishes!
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on May 04, 2020:
Mouth-watering...sounds delightful. There really is nothing like an outrageous Lobster sandwich on that yummy Toasted Bun oh my I could have one of those right now and be very happy. I hope all is good with you and yours my dear. Sending many hugs and love your way. Angels are bringing them by the way. Ps
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 30, 2020:
I feel the same way as you do about how lobsters are dispatched. For many years I never ate them. Now I seldom do but have to admit liking them. If I had to kill any type of animal, I would most probably become a vegetarian.
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 29, 2020:
Lobsters are interesting creatures. I am pleased that you learned something about them by reading this post.
FlourishAnyway from USA on April 28, 2020:
I used to live in Maine and lobster was everywhere, even at McDonald’s! Not being from Maine, I was always reluctant to eat lobster because I disliked the idea of boiling an animal alive. I have eaten it though, including lobster rolls, but it wasn’t a habit at all.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 28, 2020:
An interesting adventure for sea-food lovers. Thanks for sharing your enjoyment of the food and venue. Don't know much about lobsters. I appreciate the facts!
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 27, 2020:
Enjoy your trips to New Hampshire and getting to eat lobster rolls while there. I wonder if you will be able to go this summer because of the COVID-19? I hope that you will be able to do so and also stay safe.
Virginia Allain from Central Florida on April 26, 2020:
We usually go to New Hampshire in the summer and one of the things I look forward to is the lobster rolls. I love the murals on the one you show in Texas.
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 26, 2020:
Yes, this restaurant does an excellent job with their decorating scheme.
Liz Westwood from UK on April 26, 2020:
I love the way that so much care has been taken in matching the decor to the food offering.
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 26, 2020:
Red Lobster is a chain restaurant, and we have several of them here in the Houston area. It is great that your student budget allowed you to dine at the one in Virginia.
Lorna Lamon on April 26, 2020:
I love lobster so I would be a regular customer at this venue. As a student I spent a summer in America in Virginia and one of the best restaurants we used to go into, mainly because it was cheap and suited our student budget was 'Red Lobster'. These northern lobsters are impressive as your video shows. Another enjoyable read Peggy - nice venue.