When these seasonal businesses starting opening, you really know that spring has sprung!

Crosby's Drive-In, located on Route 46 in Bucksport, has been serving Bucksport and surrounding communities in Hancock, Waldo, Penobscot counties and beyond, for more than 70 years, and they are gearing up for another season in 2022. It was all started back in 1940, by Elton ‘Fat’ Crosby and his wife, and has been run since 1980, by Jennifer & Tom Pappas.

On Saturday, April 16, Crosby's will be open from 11 am-7 pm, to kick things off.

Crosby's is known as the "Home of the Golden Buck Burger" and the famous "Pig’s Dinner". Best of all, it really captures that old-school drive-in take-out feel, that is pretty rare these days. All of us old-school fans of the now gone, Nicky's in Bangor, remember that feeling of heading there on a nice summer day. Crosby's definitely captures that vibe.

Once they open on the 16th, they will remain open until Labor Day. The menu features seafood, burgers, sandwiches, salads and Maine-made ice cream.

With the announcements of Gifford's, and Jimmie's Ice Cream & Grill opening their doors for the season, and now Crosby's, things are heating up after a long winter. Certainly, places like the iconic Jordan's Snack Bar in Ellsworth, will be joining them soon as well.

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So when your hungry out-of-state relatives or friends come to our great state, where do you take them for a mouth-watering lobster dinner?

The answer to that often asked question will be top of mind for a lot of Mainers this season, as thousands of tourists, relatives, and friends drive hundreds if not thousands of miles to take in the sights and eat what our state is most famous for, lobster.

Whether it's a lobster salad, in a hot dog roll, a broiled tail, thrown into a pot of boiling sea water, or god forbid, made into a lobster poutine, people near and far crave it, and as soon as they make it into this neck of the woods it'll be what they have for dinner that night.

While each of us already have a few favorite snack bars, take-outs, and restaurants in mind, it would be wrong of this author to pass along those personal suggestions. So, we're going to rely on the reviews of TripAdvisor to point our visitors in the right directions. We've focused on the Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island area, and here is what we found as we count our way up to the #1 most recommended place for lobster Downeast.

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