My wife and I were in Rockland for this year's North Atlantic Blues Festival and parked near the Trackside Station for the event. As the day's outdoor musical activities ended, we decided to give the restaurant a try, knowing that the crowd would be heading towards downtown eateries. When we arrived, there was a locomotive and railcars waiting on the tracks, making for a time reminiscent of a past century. The restaurant has a few tables for outside seating and we were fortunate enough to get one on a beautiful New England evening.
This weekend's menu was new and designed for the Blues Festival, although the lobster dinners we had may be a regular part of their fare. Our waitress was very pleasant, attentive, and helpful, returning to our table several times during the evening to check if we needed anything. She performed as a professional. And, the 1.25 lb lobsters that were brought to us for dinner were cooked perfectly. At this time of year, soft shelled lobsters are common, having recently molted. And, recently molted were the ones we ate. The shells were very thin and the meat succulent and sweet. The accompanying potato salad was tasty; the only disappointment in the evening were the ears of corn which had been cooked sometime previously and left to simmer. Rather than complementing the meal with another summer sweetness, these were tough and almost granular. C'est la vie. The remainder of the dinner was a winner.
We plan to return to Trackside the next time we're in Rockland to see if their regular menu rivals that of this past weekend. Prices are very reasonable, and they serve one of the tastiest IPA beers from tap that we've experienced in Maine. Gotta give it a try, again.