Maine's lobster industry contributes more than $1 billion to the state's economy – 2014 saw an epic haul of more than 120 million pounds. The lobsters are 100 percent hand-harvested by more than 5600 lobstermen who use small day boats to retrieve one trap at a time, the better to protect their quality and the marine habitat.
Visitors to the state can enjoy lobsters in any number of ways; the state's most creative chefs apply the protein into wickedly inventive concoctions, while dozens of rustic lobster pounds offer a classic, straightforward experience that hasn't changed for decades. Here's a look at the best places to enjoy Maine's most famous food.
Image courtesy of the Chebeague Island Inn
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