By John Painter on Tue, 12/21/2010
You knew someone had to do it. So here it is, iLobster ($1.99) by Ben Greeley from up in the Waterville area here in Maine. There is also a free version, so what is the difference? Probably a 1/4 cup of melted butter and lobster juice down the front of your shirt.
Yes the paid version has both illustration and video of how to eat a lobster correctly! Having grown up in Maine and watched many people from away suffer through cracking open their lobsters, getting stuck by a spine, having juice squirt out at them in the middle of witty conversation, this app might possibly make you look like you know what you're doing the next time you eat lobster. You have to love this feature of the app!
But you'll also find a GPS enabled restaurant, vendor locator, as well as an in-app shopping option. I really like to see these options in apps, and especially when they're targeting my favorite Homarus Americanus right here in Maine. Purchasing produce right from your iOS device is, I think, the way retail is going especially when you know a product or a vendor. The nice thing about having the built in restaurant and vendor locator is that you do get a chance to experience whether you want a fine dining experience, say at the Harraseeket Inn down in Freeport, or direct from a lobster pound like Millers down in Spruce Head. Yes I've eaten lobster at both places over the years (grew up not too far from Millers) and you will get a great lobster experience at either.
I really couldn't find much wrong with this app, the one thing I'll comment on though is that for some reason it did not find all the places, several quite good, which sell lobster retail. I'm guessing it's whether or not the business has a web presence or not which determines if it can be found. I know this is the age of web retail, but LA Rochelle's down on 22 Mill Street here in Auburn sells seafood fresh, real fresh. So, just because you don't see a particular business on iLobster, don't think it's not worth it, they might just be a good old fashioned seafood shop. Aside from that, the app works flawless.
Just remember, if you want to eat lobster but have heard it's messy, prepare yourself with iLobster and it will have you cracking lobster like a Mainer in no time.