Red's Eats

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Red's Eats, Wiscasset, Maine, USA 2012
Red's Eats from US 1

Red's Eats is a take-out restaurant located on U.S. Route 1 in Wiscasset, Maine. It is one of the most well-known and most written about restaurants in the state.[1]


Allan "Red" Gagnon has operated since 1938, originally in Boothbay, Maine. It moved to its present location at the intersection of Water Street and Main Street in Wiscasset in 1954. It is open from mid-April to mid-October. In addition to its signature lobster rolls, Red's serves hamburgers, french fries, hot dogs, and chicken sandwiches. The lobster rolls were priced at $17 as of 2012.[2]

Red's is best known for its lobster rolls and fried clams. The building is an actual lobster shack; it has been described as being about the size of a minivan.[2] There is no inside seating; long lines are common (with wait times of an hour or more), and traffic on nearby Route 1 often exceeds 25,000 cars a day in the summer.

The restaurant is considered a midcoast Maine landmark. It has been profiled in numerous magazine and newspaper reviews, Internet reviews, and television features. One of the owners of the restaurant, Debbie Cronk, co-wrote a book with Virginia Wright called Red’s Eats: World’s Best Lobster Shack.


External links and further reading[edit]


  1. ^ "In Maine Village, Lobster Goes Briskly; Traffic, No" article by Abby Goodnough in The New York Times July 30, 2010, accessed July 31, 2010
  2. ^ a b Pages 32 and 33, Jane and Michael Stern, Roadfood, Broadway Books (2002), trade paperback, 494 pages, ISBN 0-7679-0809-0

Coordinates: 44°00′09″N 69°39′51″W / 44.00250°N 69.66425°W / 44.00250; -69.66425