…definitely in Maine, very possibly in the world.
I’ve been going to Barnacle Billy’s every summer since I was about five (my very first boyfriend, Paul, was a waiter here), and as far as restaurants go, it’s pretty much everything I’m looking for. Cozy and warm inside (there’s even a fireplace for cooler days) and a rustic outdoor deck with a spectacular view of Perkins Cove…and amazing, amazing lobster rolls. Also, anywhere you can eat off a tray while wearing a bib is my kind of place.
Here we are waiting on the (sort of long) line to order dinner. This was also the site of our wedding weekend kick-off: on the Friday night before our Sunday wedding, we encouraged everyone who had already gotten into town to join us for dinner at Billy’s, and we all sat at long tables with our trays of lobster and plastic cups of chardonnay. It was the perfect start to the weekend.
Aaaand…here they are (crab roll on the left, lobster roll on the right), served alongside some of the best bread-and-butter pickles in the world. If seafood isn’t your thing, try my Mom’s order (she’s allergic to shellfish): the half chicken, some “native sweet corn,” and strawberry shortcake for dessert.
If you can’t make it to Ogunquit this summer, I highly recommend checking out Pearl Oyster Bar – it’s the best lobster roll you’ll get south of the (Maine) border.