My boyfriend, friends and I recently had a wonderful camping trip at Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor and enjoyed some delicious seafood at a few places there. I was particularly taken by the clam chowder, and my friends by the lobster rolls. On our way back home we drove through Trenton and were all itching for one last seafood meal, so we spotted the Down East Lobster Pound and decided to try it out. In retrospect we should've gotten up and left after seeing our waitress. She was very friendly, but she reeked of cigarettes and had patches of dry, scaly skin on her exposed arms, which certainly isn't appealing to see in a restaurant. I couldn't help but wonder if any dead skin would flake off in my chowder and it decidedly curbed my appetite. We ordered nonetheless - clam chowder and coleslaw for me, lobster roll for my friends, and shrimp for my boyfriend. Immediately after being served my friend gasped at her lobster roll and showed us, with great disgust, a coarse black hair emerging from the chunks of lobster. Turned off from her meal, she returned it to the kitchen and ordered nothing to replace it. Meanwhile, I was about to try my clam chowder but recoiled when I saw what looked like rubber bands with black ends floating in a thin, oily broth. I've never seen clam chowder made with whole clams before and although there is nothing wrong with this per se it wasn't very appetizing. The consistency of the chowder itself was also way off - it wasn't thick and creamy as a chowder should be, but watery. I gave the chowder to the other, more stoic friend. To add to this, my friend went to use the bathroom at one point (it was essentially an outhouse) and was screamed at from someone within when she tried to open the door, and I never received my coleslaw. I must say though that our waitress was apologetic about the hair and we received a 10% discount and 2 slices of very good blueberry pie to make up for it. That said, our experience at the Down East Lobster Pound was pretty disappointing, and I would recommend anyone traveling through Trenton to just drive over the bridge into Bar Harbor - the seafood was much better there!
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