Maine Street Lobster Company

Maine Street Lobster Company Portland

Maine Street Lobster Company Portland


Location: SE 82nd and Harney, Cartlandia
Hours: Tues-Sat, 11:30-7:30; Sun, 12-5

The Story: The Pacific Northwest has some amazing seafood – salmon, fresh lake trout, dungeness crab, oysters, geoduck – you name it, we got it and we love it. What we don’t have is lobster, one of the most famous seafood dishes in the nation. When people spy it on a menu, they pounce. Others ship it in from afar for special dinners. Now, from the glory of a food cart, you can get Maine lobster prepared a few different ways. I give you Maine Street Lobster Company.

Maine Street Lobster Company is located at Cartlandia in SE Portland along with a number of other vendors and a beer garden. Owners Cathy and David came to Portland this summer from Georgia which explains the po’ boys on the menu. They knew they wanted to open a food cart in Portland, so packed up their gear and headed west. It was along the route they brainstormed and came up with the lobster concept and menu. Trained chefs who know their way around a kitchen, they wanted to do something no one else was doing. Seafood isn’t that well represented throughout the city, especially the storied lobster, so here we are. Maine Street Lobster Company was born and brings in lobster overnight on a regular basis. David joked, “UPS is pretty awesome for that.”

Lobster Roll from Maine Street Lobster

Lobster Roll from Maine Street Lobster

At the cart, you can enjoy lobster bisque or clam chowder to warm you up or go right for the lobster in the form of hot or chilled roll or po’ boy style. I chose traditional – Maine Lobster Roll – hot and buttery with lobster sauteed in butter, lemon and herbs atop a buttery toasted New England style split top bun. Buttah! Such a beautiful presentation and lousy with flavor. Lobster is one of those seafoods you feel guilty enjoying. The bacon of the seas. I wanted to save part of the sandwich to share, but couldn’t put it down. It is best enjoyed hot.

Maine Street Lobster joins a small group of vendors in town serving an item no one else has. If you’re a lobster fan, you need to visit Cathy and David and drench yourself in butter. Open Tuesday-Sunday for lunch and dinner. Let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

Sample Menu:

  • Maine Street Lobster Roll – $14
  • Down East Lobster Roll – lobster chilled in light mayo and herb dressing served on New England split top bun – $14
  • Lobster Slider – hot or chilled – $5
  • Po’ Boy – with our without lobster – $10-14
  • New England Clam Chowder – $5-7
  • Lobster Bisque – $6-8

Facebook: Maine Street Lobster Company
Twitter: @MaineStLobster


  1. What did you think of the Bisque? I have tried the hot roll and it was delicious, I however did not care for the coleslaw.

  2. Deeanna Graham says

    The lobster roll was the best I have ever tasted. I will be back for more. I went for lunch there and waited for 30 minutes in line on a Saturday but it was well worth the wait.

  3. Laura Tenny says

    You should take the word “lousy” put of your description.

  4. It’s a common expression and is intended to express how much I enjoyed it.

  5. I just heard that you have moved. WHERE are you? I love your food!

  6. The cart is no longer at Cartlandia and the other food carts say they got tired and quit. However, their Facebook page (thank you for the link) says they are closed for the season. *Whew* I LOVE their two lobster rolls, but the chips they serve with them have MSG. I’m afraid to try the other items on their menu because of it. 🙁 But they’re one of my favorite carts to buy from!

  7. Pamela M Laulainen says

    I had one in 2015. I still judge other lobster rolls against this standard. Fresh. Delicious. Amazing.

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