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Midcoast Maine Food Trucks and Shacks

May 14, 2016 | 12 Comments

Watermans Beach Lobster Table

UPDATED as of May 2019!

As much as we all love a great restaurant meal, it’s no secret that some of today’s greatest food is being served through a window. There is no place where this is more true than in midcoast Maine, where lobster shacks have long been a huge draw for visitors and a way of life for locals. There’s more than just lobster to be had at these casual spots, though. Nowadays, visitors to the midcoast of Maine can find every type of cuisine from Thai to tacos being sold outside. For visitors who want to enjoy the weather, or who are on a budget, or who just can’t stand barking at their kids through one more seated meal, a lobster shack or a food truck can be a godsend.

Here’s the thing, though…how do you locate these little gems? So often, the informal addresses or teeny tiny nooks where these great places are located make them tough for the visitor to find. I’ll be the first to admit that I hate looking like an idiot, driving around and thinking “Is this that pier? Is that the alley?” It has taken us a couple of years to scout out all the good pass-through-window food in Rockland and we still have some places to check out.

I’m going to make this easy for you.

Buoy Park, Rockland, Maine

Buoy Park in Rockland – a great place to eat!

What follows is a list (by town) of the midcoast Maine food trucks and shacks I’ve been able to find out about in the areas around Rockland, Camden, Rockport, and South Thomaston. I hope this gives you the courage to patronize some of these delicious establishments. Eat like you’re in-the-know and enjoy!

In order to fully take advantage of the food truck and food shack offerings, though, you need to understand a few unwritten rules. The main one is that these hardworking folks have basic hours, but those may change day to day due to weather or other random circumstances. This is what they need to do to stay in business, so just take advantage of their social media postings and, when in doubt, call them! The hours I’ve listed below are probably correct, but I cannot guarantee them.

The other plea I would make to you is to be nice. Sometimes they’re mobbed and sometimes they’re not. I’ve seen visitors get super crabby about waiting a little extra time for their order or not getting their straw. Every one of these people behind the window is working in a hot, small space and churning out the best food they can at the fastest rate they can manage. If your order is a little long in coming, enjoy the view and be cool. It’ll be worth the wait.

Please note that most of these food trucks and food shacks judge opening and closing by the prevailing weather each year. Wherever I have noted “seasonal” you can assume that means roughly late May to early October, but during those times you may want to double-check to see if they are open.

Disclaimer: I realize this doesn’t cover all midcoast towns and cities. Just managing this area was a good initial challenge! Listings south of Damariscotta are a work in progress.

With that said, let’s start at home base, shall we?

Rockland Food Trucks and Food Shacks

Amato’s

Location: 1 Park Dr. (Buoy Park), Rockland

Serving: Italian sandwiches and pizza

Hours: Seasonal, 11am to 8pm.

Find Them: At the general Amato’s FB page.

Claws Lobster Eatery

Midcoast Maine Food Trucks and Shacks - Claws

Courtesy: Claws Lobster Eatery

Location: 743 Main St. (Rt. 1) in Rockland

Serving: Lobsters in many forms, plus loads of other options. See the menu.

Hours: May 23 – (TBD – OCT) , 7 days, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (rain or shine – there is a covered, heated deck).

Find Them: at their website or on Facebook.

Hazel’s

Location: 557 Old County Rd., Rockland (at Rt. 17 intersection)

Serving: Seafood, burgers, sausages

Hours: Seasonally, Mon to Thurs – 10:30am to 5:30pm and Fri to Sat – 10:30am – 7pm

Find Them: on Facebook.

The Lobster Shack - Rockland, Maine

courtesy: The Lobster Shack

The Lobster Shack

Location: 345 Main St., Rockland (a great option right on Main Street!) Pet friendly.

Serving: Seafood,  salads chowders, hot dogs, fluffernutters, grilled cheese on our home made bread and many other favorites, plus award winning lobster rolls and crabmeat.

Hours: Seasonal, 11-ish until late afternoon.

Find Them: on Facebook.

Lulu’s Ice Cream & GelatoMidcoast Maine Food Trucks and Shacks

Location: Oak St. (between Main and  Union), Rockland

Serving: Ice Cream, floats, milkshakes, gelato, etc!

Hours: TBD

Find Them: on Facebook

 

Thai TugMidcoast Maine Food Trucks and Shacksboat

Location: The Ferry Terminal, Rockland

Serving: Thai food and seafood

Hours: Seasonal, 7 days a week, 11am to 6pm.

Find Them: at their Facebook page.

Up in Smoke BBQ

Location: 65 Tillson Ave., Rockland

Serving: BBQ and smoked meats. BBQ & smoked meats. Signature jerk spices, brisket, pastrami and more!

Hours: Seasonal, Wed – Sat 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Find Them: At their website and on Facebook.

Courtesy: Up in Smoke BBQ

Wasses

Midcoast Maine Food Trucks and Shacks - Wasses
Location:
2 N. Main St., Rockland

Serving: Hot dogs, yo. SERIOUS hot dogs.

Hours: Year-round 10:30am – 5pm

Find Them: at their Facebook page.

Author’s Note: This is one of THE hot dogs to eat in Maine. Do it.

Rockport Food Trucks and Food Shacks

Midcoast Maine Food Trucks and Shacks - Graffam Bros.

Courtesy – Graffam Bros.

Graffam Bros.

Location: 211 Union St., Rockport

Serving: Seafood

Hours: Year round!: Food prep moves to the seafood market in the colder season. Hours may vary – call to be sure. (2017 updates soon)

Find Them: At their website, on Facebook or Pinterest.

Author’s note: This is some of our favorite fried haddock in the midcoast!

J.J.’s Snack Shack

Location: 1033 Commercial St., Rockport

Serving: Comfort food! See menu.

Hours: Summer – 11am – 7pm, Winter 10:30am – 6:30pm.  Closed Mondays.

Find Them: on Facebook

Camden Food Trucks and Food Shacks

Harbor Dogs

Location: 1 Public Landing, Camden

Serving: Hot dogs, tacos, burgers, and seafood

Hours: Mid-May to Oct, Mon to Thurs from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Fri – Sat from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Find Them: on Facebook and at their website.

Harbor Dogs - Midcoast Maine Food Trucks and Shacks

Scott’s Place

Location: 85 Elm St., Camden

Serving: Burgers, hot dogs, fries and other popular casual foods.

Hours: Year-round! 10:30am – 4pm

Find Them: on Facebook.

The Smoothie Shack

Midcoast Maine Food Trucks - The Smoothie Shack

Courtesy: The Smoothie Shack

Location: 46 Elm St., Camden

Serving: Smoothies and fresh wraps that are made-to-order

Hours: Seasonal, 7 days, 10:30am – 4pm (may vary)

Find Them: on Facebook.

Lincolnville Food Shack

McLaughlin’s Lobster Shack

Midcoast Maine Food Trucks and Shacks

Courtesy: McLaughlin’s Lobster Shack

Location: 12 McKay Rd. (off Rt. 1 by the ferry terminal)

Serving: Seafood, sandwiches, burgers and more. See menu.

Hours: April – October, 7 days, 11:30am to 8pm

Find Them: At their website or on Facebook

Belfast Food Trucks and Shacks

Wasses

Location: 1 Belmont Ave.

Serving: Hot dogs (see Rockland listing)

Hours: Mon – Sat 11am -4pm, summer Fridays until 6pm

Find Them: On Facebook

Appleton Food Shack

Midcoast Maine Food Trucks and Shacks - Bray Brook Farm

Courtesy: Bray Brook Farm

Bray Brook Farm

Location: 382 Union Rd.

Serving: Premium locally made Shains hard dipped ice cream, as well as baked goods. Please note that they are only able to accept cash.

Hours: May to Sept. – Mon and Tues, closed. Wed and Thurs, 2pm to 8pm and from Fri to Sunday, 12pm – 9pm. Pet-friendly.

Find Them: On Facebook

Searsmont Food Truck

Loon-ey Snak Shak at Thresher’s Brewing Co.

Location: Main St. in Searsmont at Thresher’s Brewing Co.

Serving: Sandwiches, salads, wings, and fries

Hours: TBD

Find Them: On Facebook

South Thomaston Lobster Shack

McLoon’s Lobster Shack

Midcoast Maine Food Trucks and Shacks - McLoon's

Courtesy: McLoon’s Lobster Shack

Location: 315 Island Rd., Spruce Head Island  (South Thomaston)

Serving: Lobster and Shellfish as well as other offerings like chowders and burgers. See the menu.

Hours: Memorial Day to Columbus Day, 7 days, 11am to 7pm

Find Them: at their website, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Author’s Note: If you can’t visit, you can order online!

 

Spruce Head Lobster Shack

Midcoast Maine Food Trucks and Shacks

Courtesy: Miller’s Lobster Co.

Miller’s Lobster Co.

Location: 92 Eagle Quarry Rd., Spruce Head

Serving: Lobster, crab, and shellfish, as well as pies! Hot dogs and chips for non-seafood eaters. Beer and wine (not BYOB)

Hours: June – Sept., 7 days, 11am – 7pm

Find Them: at their website.

Tenants Harbor Food Shack

Drift Inn Canteen

Midcoast Maine Food Trucks and Food Shacks - Drift Inn Canteen

Courtesy: Drift Inn Canteen

Location: 686 Port Clyde Rd., Tenants Harbor

Serving: Seafood, sandwiches, and burgers using locally-sourced, fresh ingredients (even the mayo!) plus beer and wine.

Hours: Seasonal

May Before Memorial Day : Sat 11am -7pm and Sun 11am -5pm
Between Memorial Day and July 4th: Fri/Sat 11am – 7 pm and Sun 11am – 5pm
July 4th to Labor Day: Mon – Sat 11am -8pm and Sun 11am – 5pm
Labor Day to October 1: Sat 11am -7pm and Sun 11am – 5pm
 
Find Them: On Facebook
 

Luke’s Lobster

Location: 12 Commercial St. (drive down toward the landing)

Serving: Lobster, seafood, burgers, full bar, and more

Hours: 7 days, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Find Them: Facebook takes you to the Tenant’s Harbor location for Luke’s

Luke's Lobster Tenant's Harbor Maine

Thomaston Food Trucks and Shacks

Food Shack Maine- The Zack Shack

The Zack Shack – Courtesy: Malcolm Bedell

Wasses Hot Dogs

Location: Rt. 1 across from Lowe’s

Serving: Hot dogs

Hours: Mon – Sat, 11am to 4pm

Find them: On Facebook

The Zack Shack

Location: Rt. 1, right on the line between Thomaston and Rockland, next to Dunkin’ Donuts and Supercuts

Serving: Burgers, sandwiches, seafood. See menu.

Hours: March – Dec., 7 days, 11:o0am – 6:30pm (may be shorter in cold weather)

Find Them: On Facebook

Union Food Truck

Kathy’s Kitchen at The Pour Farm

Location: Does vary, but can regularly be found at The Pour Farm this summer.

Serving: Tex Mex, grilled sandwiches, and more.

Hours: Follow her Facebook page events for the latest!

Find Them: At their website and on Facebook 

Waldoboro Food Truck

Ollie’s

Location: Intersection of Rt. 1 and Rt. 220

Serving: Burgers, hotdogs and sandwiches.

Hours: TBD

Find Them: On Facebook, plus this article helps and it shows a menu!

Warren Food Trucks

Chat and Chow

Midcoast Maine Food Trucks and Shacks - Chat and ChowLocation: 2000 Atlantic Highway- Lot B (Rt. 1)

Serving: Freshly ground burgers, subs, onions rings, haddock sandwiches, fresh crabmeat subs and Poutine

Hours: Seasonally, Tues – Sat 11-7 pm
Find Them: on Facebook

The Maine Dish

Location: Rt. 1 near the Thomaston/Warren town line, in the Scuttlebutt Antiques parking lot (by the Hair Loft and Tom Fence).

Midcoast Maine Food Trucks and Shacks - The Maine Dish

Courtesy: The Maine Dish

Serving: Fresh Maine crabmeat and lobster meat, as well as a super maxx burger, a “crabster” sub and wraps called the Ringo Rooster and Henny Penny, french fries, and onion rings. They pride themselves on making their food fresh and trying to locally source ingredients.

Hours: May-October, currently Wed to Sun, 11am to 6pm

Find Them: on Facebook.

The Shanty

Location: 1013 Atlantic Highway

Serving: Pizza, sandwiches, salads, and ice cream

Hours: Mon – Fri, 11am to 7pm

Find Them: on Facebook

Friendship Food Shack

Jameson Point Lobster Co.

Location: 100 Harbor Rd.

Serving: Lobster and other seafood, sandwiches, burgers, and more

Hours: Tues – Sat 11:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Find Them: On Facebook

Round Pond Food Shack

Muscongus Bay Lobster

Location: 28 Landing Rd.

Serving: Lobster and other seafood. Menu is here.

Hours: Mother’s Day to Columbus Day Weekends – 7 days, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Find Them: at their website and on Facebook

Newcastle Food Trucks

Midcoast Maine Food Trucks and Shacks - Que Rico!

Que Rico! Courtesy: Todd Bross and The Midcoast Eating and Drinking Society (FB Group)

Que Rico!

Location: Main St. next to the Chamber of Commerce

Serving: Authentic Mexican

Hours: Seasonal, Mon – Sat, 12pm to 9pm

Find Them: on Facebook.

Sully’s Extraordinary Dogs

Location: Corner of Main and Pump St. Sully’s is more of a cart, really. Look for the um

Midcoast Maine Food Trucks and Shacks - Sully's Extraordinary Dogs

Courtesy: Sully’s Extraordinary Dogs

 

Midcoast Maine Food Trucks and Shacks - Y Knot

Courtesy: Y-Knot Food Trailer in Newcastle

brellas!

Serving: Traditional New York City hot dog cart serving five different kinds of dogs and sausages.

Hours: Seasonal, 11am to 2pm

Find Them: On Facebook

Y-Knot Food Trailer

Location: 928 Route 1

Serving: Sandwiches and desserts. See the menu!

Hours: Wed – Sat 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (or until sold out!)

Find Them: On Facebook

Damariscotta Food Shacks

The Cook’s Corner

Location: 603 Main St.

Serving: Breakfast, chowders, burgers, Mexican food

Hours: Mon – Sat, 10am to 3pm

Find Them: Here is a TripAdvisor listing, but that’s the best I can do!

Larson’s Lunch Box

Location: 430 Main St. (Business Rt. 1)

Serving: 2018 Menu available soon

Hours: Opening in June 2018 – hours TBD

Find Them: On Facebook and at their website.

SugarSpell Sweets

Location: 202 Main St. (on the lawn) – look for a cart

Serving: made-from-scratch, innovative, and tantalizing sweet sensations in petite portions

Hours: Tentatively 3 days a week from about 11:30am to 4:30pm, but subject to change due to factors such as weather and town events. Please visit the Facebook page for menu updates and current hours.

Find Them: At their website and on Facebook.

The Village Grille

Location: Biscay Rd. (take a right off of Business Rt. 1 and go about 1/10 mile)

Serving: Fried seafood, BBQ, Burgers, and more

Hours: April – (mid) October, Tues – Sun, 11am to 8pm

Find Them: on Facebook.

Reportedly moving to Edgecomb soon…

Twisted Iron Grill

Midcoast Maine Food Trucks and Shacks

Courtesy: Twisted Iron Grille

Location:  (Rt. 1 TBD)

Serving: BBQ, Hamburgers, Grilled PBJ, Lobster sausage

Hours: Mon to Wed 11am – 10pm and Thurs to Sun 11am – 11pm

Find Them: at their Facebook page

Roving Delights

Chef on the Run

Location: In and around Belfast. Check the calendar for dates and locations!

Serving: Local beef hamburgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, sausage sandwiches, hand cut fries, sweet potato fries, soups, salads, whoopie pies, pies, pastries, local drinks and more. Everything is made fresh with fresh ingredients. Gluten free options! 

Hours: Vary – see calendar.

Find Them: At their website or on Facebook.

Courtesy: Chef on the Run LLC

Fresh Ella’s Ice Cream and Sundries

Location: On the road! Check the Facebook page for a schedule or to find out how to bring the truck to you.

Serving: Ice cream (natch) from Stone Fox Farm Creamery as well as pops and smoothies

Hours: Vary by event

Find Them: On Facebook

The Galley Box

Location: The Rockland Farmer’s Market in Harbor Park

Serving: Morning Cock granola, fruit, coffee and masala chai

Hours: Thursdays 9am to 1pm

SMidcoast Maine Food Shacks and Trucks - Stone Fox Farm Creamerytone Fox Farm Creamery – Mobile Cone


Location:
 Three roving trucks at various events all season! See the schedule here.

Serving: Super Premium Ice Cream, using milk and cream from Jersey cows in Waldo county.

Hours: Vary with fair or festival

Find Them: at their website and on Twitter.

Gracie’s Food Truck

Location: Varies – see their Facebook page for the latest!

Serving: Farm to wagon food truck fare made from scratch, drawing upon local resources and those from their farm. Grass Fed Highland Beef, all natural free range pork, chicken and turkey, farm fresh eggs and preserves. They also offer fresh cut flowers and value added products.

Hours: Varies according to event.

Find them: on Facebook.

Courtesy: Gracie’s Food Truck

Steel House Oven

Location: Varies- see their schedule on Facebook.

Serving: Pizza

Hours: Vary with event

Find Them: On Facebook.

Uproot Pie Company

Location: Varies – see general hours below and watch their website calendar for updates

Serving: Pizza

Hours: 

Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday: Plein Air (aka pizza night) at Oyster River Winegrowers 5 – 7:30

2nd Wednesday: Dandelion Spring Farm – Edgecomb 5pm – 7pm

Thursday: Rockland Farmers’ Market 8:30am -1:00pm

Saturday: Saturday Farmers’ Market 9-noon

Find Them: at their website and on Facebook.

Did we miss your favorite Midcoast Maine Food Truck or Food Shack? We’d love to add it! Leave a comment below or e-mail us the details. 

12 people are talking about “Midcoast Maine Food Trucks and Shacks

  1. Thanks so much for mentioning the Lobster Shack in Rockland. We have a wide variety of goodies to include salads chowders, bakedbeans, pulled pork, curry chicken salad. Kids have hotdogs fluffernutters, grilled cheese on our home made bread. Plus our award winning lobster rolls and crabmeat. Pet friendly too!

  2. Thank you so much for including us in your listing of food trucks and shacks in Mid Coast Maine. Although we make all our ice cream at our farm in Monroe (not technically mid coast) we have two mobile concession trailers that ply the coast all spring, summer, and fall. Check our website for fairs, festivals, and farmers’ markets that we attend.
    Not to put too fine a point on it but our ice cream is considered super premium by definition (14-16% butterfat). We use Jersey milk & cream from two farms in Waldo County. Jersey cows are known for the high butterfat content of their milk.
    I know that one of my goals this summer is to try all the businesses listed on this site so thanks again for making this happen.

  3. Yay for our awesome Midcoast Shacks and Trucks! We are so excited about the upcoming season and we appreciate being included in your amazing list! Claws will be open for business Wednesday, May 25th at 11am until 9pm every day until October 9th. Rain or shine, our customers will enjoy our fresh home made dishes and reasonably priced local lobster and other seafood.

  4. What a great blog- I’ve been to quite a few of on your list but found some new ones to try. And I loved, loved, loved your tips especially about being nice. It’s a lot of work cooking great food in a small space.

    • Claire, thank you so much for your kind words! I agree – writing this article has been really educational for me. There are tons of trucks out there that I didn’t even know existed before pulling this together…and maintaining it keeps me current. Bon Appetit!

  5. Ollie’s is a new food truck on Rt 1 in Waldoboro, at the intersection with Rt 220 north (opposite Moodies.). Have not tried it yet, but looks to have an extensive menu and covered picnic table area.

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