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Red's Eats: Wow!

Red's Eats: Wow!


Our meticulous ingredient standards, small batch cooking, hand-rolled burritos, and flash-freezing process come together to create a better for you frozen food experience.

On a cold New Hampshire night back in 2009, I was crushing one of my wife’s homemade burritos when I realized this was a meal so perfect and so delicious it just had to be shared. Both Paige and our trusty dog, Red, agreed.

I launched Red’s to bring you burritos as amazing as they were when it all began that fateful night. Years later my team and I are more obsessed than ever with the craft of burrito making and the quality of our ingredients. We hope you love them as much as we do.

Maine Attraction: Red's Eats

The CBS News Sunday Morning made a Roadside stop to a place where finding lobster is no challenge &mdash the Maine coast.

Here, enthusiasts say, the best place for lobster is Red's Eats. Most can't miss it driving down Route 1 through Wiscasset. Never mind that there are dozens of other items on the menu. At Red's, the lobster roll is the main attraction &mdash voted the best in the state. Even a damp, cool day doesn't stop the crowds from trying to buy a lobster roll.

Also, patrons don't seem to mind sitting at the roadside stop's picnic tables located along the noisy Route 1. The food seems to satisfy them.

Red's real name is Alan Gagnon, and he owned the business for a quarter of a century. He put lobster rolls on the menu after he tasted one someplace else.

"There was celery in it and there was mayonnaise, and there was frozen lobster, and it was terrible," said Gagnon. "I said, 'I'm going to make a lobster roll.'"

Daughter Debbie loves the fast pace behind the window.

"It's fun to put out food that people 'ooh' and 'ahh' over," she said.

In Wiscasset, Maine, the lobster rolls at Red's are real roll models.

Red’s Eats Menu

The late Allen Gagnon, owner of Red’s Eats for thirty-one years, is the inspiration behind the overflowing mound of sweet, chunky meat in a buttery, grilled cradle. A master cook of simple, comforting food, Gagnon added the lobster roll to his menu after sampling a disappointing version elsewhere. Gagnon served his roll with no mayo, but offered a side of butter or mayo and folks went wild. Each roll has the meat of two claws popping up from below, and a whole, split lobster tail over the top,boasting more than an entire lobster on each roll. This is lobster meat is as fresh as it can get.

“A whole lobster required concentrated effort to eat, but a lobster roll is trouble-free. It is the simplest sandwich, basically lobster meat surrounded by bread. The best lobster roll on earth is served at an extremely humble shack known as Red’s Eats. Red’s primacy is a legend among lobster lovers, who flock to it in such numbers (summer only), the wait in line can be up to an hour.”
Michael Stern, USA Today

Gluten Free bread by Bread Lady Bakery

Local bakery * Delicious gluten free bread for lobster rolls, sandwiches, etc. Buttermilk, Chick Pea or Mock Rye .

All of our produce is delivered daily by Native Maine!

Deep fried Chicken Breast, Ham, Bacon, Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato and mayonnaise on a buttered, grilled bun. The Ultimate Sandwich!!

Red’s (Allen’s) favorite….these are top shelf hot dogs!

We serve Morse’s Sauerkraut….delicious and local!
w/kraut w/bacon w/bacon & kraut

Grilled hotdog with melted Cheese
w/kraut w/bacon w/bacon & kraut

Holly Moore Dog

Hot dog with Bacon, Grilled Tomatoes, Raw onion and our in-house Bleu Cheese Sauce * Here’s to you Holly

Hot dog that is stuffed with Cheese & Bacon…dipped in batter and deep fried

All of our hamburger is ground fresh and delivered daily by a local market.
Tastes like filet mignon on a bun!!

Bacon Royal

Double Hamburger

Bacon Royal

Bacon Royal
Double Cheeseburger

BOSS Burger
Bacon Cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, homemade onion rings and a bleu cheese mayonnaise

Grilled Cheese

Fresh, Deep fried clams in homemade batter
Clam roll

Clam cake basket

2 clam cakes, large fry & homemade coleslaw

crab cake burger

Crab cake basket

2 cakes served with large fry & homemade coleslaw
Served with homemade tartar sauce and/or cocktail sauce

Shrimp Basket Or Side of Shrimp (14 pieces)
Battered Atlantic shrimp deep fried until golden brown

Sea Scallops

The sweetest sea scallops, battered and deep fried until golden brown. Served with large fry and homemade coleslaw.

Side of Sea Scallops

served with homemade tartar or cocktail sauce

Chicken Tenders

4 tenders, large fry & homemade coleslaw

Side of Tenders

5 golden brown pieces Served with your choice of Sweet ‘n Sour sauce or BBQ sauce

Chicken Nuggets

7 pieces, large fry & homemade coleslaw

Side Nuggets

Fish ‘N Chips

Fresh Haddock dipped in batter and fried until golden brown. Served with large fry & homemade coleslaw. Served with our delicious homemade tartar and/or cocktail sauce.

Side Of Haddock

Haddock Sandwich

Grilled or Deep fried and served on a buttered, grilled sesame seed bun.

Pere’s Yummy Meal

Hotdog or Grilled cheese, fries, small drink and a lollipop

Sirloin Steak Sandwich

Hand cut daily by our local market

served plain, with cheese, or with cheese & grilled onions. Grilled as you request…

Red’s Lobster Roll

*Served with a side of Kate’s Maine Butter * Local, family run business…. or mayonnaise on the side.

Red’s Crabmeat Roll

Homemade Chicken Roll
Hot or Cold Ham & Cheese

grilled Ham & Cheese on a buttered, grilled sesame seed bun

Deep Fried Chicken Breast Sandwich

Served with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise on a buttered, grilled bun.

Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich

Served with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise on a buttered, grilled bun.

French Fries

Sweet Potato Fries

Homemade Onion Rings

Hand cut and dipped in our homemade batter and deep fried to perfection

Deep Fried Zucchini

Hand cut and dipped in our homemade batter and deep fried to perfection. Served with Ranch dressing or Sour Cream for dipping.

Deep Fried Mushrooms

Deep fried until golden brown. Served with Ranch dressing or Sour Cream for dipping.

Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

small portion = 5 pieces Large = 8 pieces

served with marinara sauce for dipping.

Fried Dough

Local * Portland Pie Dough! Deep fried bread dough, buttered and dusted with cinnamon sugar and powdered sugar.

Homemade Iced Tea & Iced Coffee

Green Bee Honey Sodas

Lemon Sting or Blueberry Dream * Local, family run business

Round Top Ice Cream

Cones, Frappes, Hot Fudge Sundaes, Floats * Local, family run business

Homemade Blueberry Cake

A Maine favorite! Dusted with powdered sugar and topped with a dollop of whipped cream. Heavenly!!

Homemade Whoopie Pies

A Delicious Maine Treat! Made by Glen B’s Bakery and a perfect ending to your fabulous meal!

Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase the risk of foodborne illness.

Red’s Eats in Wiscasset, Maine

A couple of weeks ago when I posted about our trip to Bob’s Clam Hut in Kittery, Maine and the HH’s quest to find the best seafood shack in New England, several of you chimed in and said to check out Red’s Eats in Wiscasset, Maine for our next date day. And so we did.

Fried zucchini, a lobster roll, and a grilled weenie with sauerkraut.

The HH has eaten 3 lobster rolls in his lifetime, and he said the lobster roll he had at Red’s Eats was the best one yet. And at the price of $26 a roll, I’m glad he liked it. He said the bun was perfectly toasted and that there must have been at least a pound of fresh lobster piled high on his roll.

My grilled weenie covered in local sauerkraut for $1.85? FREAKIN’ fantastic and had they sold the kraut right there at the lobster shack, I would have went home with a gallon of the stuff. Luckily though, it’s made about 20 minutes up the road and I think for one of our next date days, we’ll have to stop by and pick some up.

Sauerkraut isn’t the only local food product Red’s Eats in Wiscasset, Maine offers. Check out this list of other local business Red’s buys from:

  • Kate’s Butter (Old Orchard Beach, ME) for the delicious butter for lobster rolls
  • Yellowfront Grocery for the hamburger and sirloin steaks (Damariscotta, ME)
  • Brewer’s Dairy for all of the dairy products (Augusta, ME)
  • Bowden’s Egg Farm for fresh eggs (Waldoboro, ME
  • Morse’s Sauerkraut (Waldoboro, ME)
  • Round Top Ice Cream (Damariscotta since, ME since 1924) for ice cream
  • Atlantic Edge Seafood (Boothbay Harbor, ME) for fresh, picked lobster
  • Bailey Island Lobster Company (Bailey Island, ME) fresh, picked lobster
  • Ready Seafood (Portland, ME) fresh, picked lobster
  • Maine Shellfish (Ellsworth, ME) Fresh, picked lobster, Scallops, Haddock, crabmeat
  • Mill Cove (Boothbay, ME) Haddock, clams, crabmeat
  • Bread Lady Bakery (Dresden, ME) Gluten Free Breads
  • Glenn B. Bakery (Wiscasset, ME ) Whoopie Pies
  • L.A. Tees (Auburn, ME) T-shirts, Hats, Aprons
  • Green Bee Honey Sodas (Brunswick, ME) Delicious honey sodas
  • Signs To Di For (Wiscasset, ME) Local artist
  • Pat Shannon (Bath, ME) Local artist

Seriously, how cool is that? I love it when small businesses support each other.

And of course, I don’t want to forget to tell you about the Moxie soda I tried. Now I’m not a big soda drinker, maybe I’ll have 2 a year but practically everywhere around here in New England they sell Moxie soda so I thought I’d give it a try. The verdict? I actually liked it. The Moxie soda kinda of tasted a wee bit like root beer. Definitely different, but not bad. Now I wouldn’t want to drink it everyday or anything , but occasionally? I might buy one.

Date days… With so many new places to try and towns to visit, I need to get a list started so we can see/taste them all. If you have anymore suggestions for us, please let us know in the comment section below.

Here’s hoping your Wednesday is wonderful,

Red’s Eats
41 Water St
Wiscasset, ME 04578

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Pushback on Red's Eats Lobster Roll

I know that it is practically a religious truth that Maine's best Lobster Roll is at Red's Eats in Wiscassett. I've eaten there several times, most recently a couple of weeks ago, and I feel the need to push back a bit.

I absolutely do appreciate that you get a TON of lobster for the price. However, I find something about this sandwich to be less appetizing than it absolutely should be. First. can it rightly be called a lobster roll? i'm no fan of a mayo-drenched "lobster salad" roll, but I do believe there should be some kind of dressing or something to bring it all together. The little bit of mayo you get is too difficult to apply to the sandwich yourself. I usually use the butter instead.

Also, I find that the chunks of lobster are simply TOO big, especially the tails. They are really almost impossible to bite like a sandwich you end up yanking on something ice cold, chewy, and stringy. The only feasible way to eat one of these is with a knife and fork. but if I'm going to do that, I'd just as soon have my lobster freshly steamed and hot, rather than refrigerator cold.

i do like the ambiance, the seats by the water, the batter-fried onion rings, and the very friendly people. but the roll just doesn't quite do it for me.

Can someone recommend a great lobster roll that's a bit more lobster-rolly? Something I can actually eat like a hot dog?

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Since its opening in 1938, Red’s has made quite the impression on locals and visitors alike because of its down-home, comfort food that is ordinary yet tastes extraordinary. This is the case for all menu items, but most specifically the lobster roll, which has garnered national attention for its enormous size, simplicity, and amazing taste. It is, after all, the subtle yet impactful touches that make Red’s Eats so famous, and that’s because of Al “Red” Gagnon, owner of Red’s Eats for more than 31 years, who placed an emphasis on simple yet good food and personal relationships.

The book paints a picture of Red’s Eats that spans far beyond the lobster roll, and tells the story of how the humble roadside shack in Wiscasset, Maine, fell into Gagnon’s hands and its story since then. Filled with adoring quotes, celebrity sightings, recipes, some fun lobster facts, and the truth behind heavy mayonnaise, the book is a way to bring a personal relationship with Red’s to many of its fans that have been worshiping the place for years. The Daily Meal spoke with Cronk about her book, her favorite aspects of Maine cooking, and how to build the famous Red’s lobster roll.

Anne Dolce is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @anniecdolce

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Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and I'm always looking for new options.  I prefer a hot breakfast and my go-to is typically a Jimmy Dean sausage, egg and cheese Croissant.  I also enjoy the Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowls, but my Lady friend pointed out the sodium levels in those.  The Meat Lover's Bowl has 1,280 mg of sodium, that's 53% of the recommended daily intake - in one meal!  Yikes!

So looking to reduce that sodium intake, as well as keep the carb count low, I picked up a box of Red's Egg'wiches when shopping at Costco the other day.

Featuring turkey sausage, cheese and egg 'patties' for a bun, the egg'wich packs 17 grams of protein, only 3 grams in carbs and 590 mg in sodium - 26% of the recommended daily intake.  Another plus, these are only 190 calories each.

So enough with the nutritional information, "How do they taste?" you ask.

Not bad, not bad at all.  The turkey sausage is seasoned well, you would be hard pressed to distinguish this sausage patty from a pork patty in a blind taste test.  The egg is fluffy, in an 'almost' bread kind of way, but trying to eat this egg'wich like a sandwich - hands on - well the texture and feel made me opt for a fork.  Not that it's off-putting, I was just reaching for the napkin too often.  Overall, a decent breakfast offering, the egg, cheese and sausage provides a close-to-classic breakfast sandwich flavor.  It was satisfying and kept me full through most of the morning.

Costing me $12.99 for a box of eight egg'wiches, that's $1.62 per sandwich making it Bachelor on the Cheap wallet friendly.  Easy to prepare in the microwave, nuke it for 50 seconds, flip, then nuke again for another 50 seconds and then let sit for a minute, Red's Egg-Wich is convenient, a repeat buy and I'm giving it 3 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It won't be my first breakfast sandwich option, but a solid Plan B.  Jimmy Dean makes a similar product, I gave that 4 out of 5 stars.

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