The Shack in Rockland offers Maine fare at a reasonable price

If you’re looking for a roast beef sandwich that’s less than $18, psst— check out this place

Fri, 05/27/2022 - 4:30pm

    ROCKLAND—A little shack set back on 346 Main Street in Rockland has just been taken over by veteran restaurateur, Patrick Cazemajou, who once owned the bistro, Ephemere in Camden.

    His latest venture, considerably scaled-down, offers breakfast and lunch at kind of the prices everyone was lucky to see before the pandemic. At a time when rent, food, utilities, gas, and just about every other cost of living expense has gone through the roof for Mainers, it’s nice to see a homemade roast beef sandwich for $11.50—and it comes with a fresh side salad.

    Just newly opened, Cazemajou said he’s being flexible about the menu, determining what people want. You can’t beat a three-egg omelet for $6.50. And the prices, he knows, are good.

    “It used to be a lobster shack, but I took it over, and am just trying to figure out a menu that people want,” he said.

    The menu offers breakfast dishes and sandwiches, soups and salads, sandwiches, and wraps, hot dogs and tater tots.

    The lobster rolls and crab rolls are sourced from fishermen locally from Jess’s Market in Rockland and are always a popular item on the menu. But, he’s got a few gourmet surprises as well, including a sushi-grade tuna served rare with a honey soy dipping sauce ($14) or a smoked salmon cream cheese bagel ($11).

    “That’s the first thing people are telling us, they can’t believe the prices,” said 19-year-old Ava Baeza, who along with Patrick’s daughter, Alexia Cazemajou, also 19, runs the counter and the prep.

    Find them and their menu on Instagram @theshackonmain.e

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