Nestled at the foot of Wiscasset’s Main Street for 81 years, Red’s Eats is the most famous restaurant on Route 1 in Maine. It is a bit of enchantment on a sunny day – part summer-stock theater, part religious pilgrimage, all unfolding outdoors in a leafy nineteenth-century village on the back of the beautiful, tidal Sheepscot River.
It resembles little more than a red caboose hauled uphill from the railroad tracks plunked beneath a fine Siberian Elm tree. Whether it’s due to the lobster roll, or the river view, or the welcoming and hardworking family who continue the legacy of the late Al “Red” Gagnon, people are extraordinarily dedicated to Red’s Eats.
Al Gagnon is so closely identified with Red’s Eats, which he ran for more than thirty years, that many people are surprised to learn he acquired his nickname from the takeout, not the other way around. Harold Delano “Red” named Red’s Eats and what a wonderful name it is!!