Nestled in the heart of Newtown, near community fixtures like the Dairy Corner and Main Street Café, is an eatery that features something rare in a Midwestern town: fresh Maine lobsters.

Truly fresh seafood can be a chore to find in Cincinnati, but Lobsta Bakes of Maine brings the flavors of the Northern Atlantic Ocean to those with a taste for the east coast. It’s so authentic, the company switched out the “er” at the end of lobster for an “a,” just like real Mainers would say it. Lobsta Bakes of Maine is also a favorite of those locals who know about it as they’ve voted it as the top fresh catch in Cincy Magazine’s Best of the East twice.

The seafood options are brought in daily and extend far beyond just live and prepared lobster; visitors can pick up many types of ocean fish including swordfish and sushi-grade tuna, mussels from Prince Edward Island, middleneck clams and other seasonally available offerings.

The Newtown seafood store is the creation of Maine transplant Kevin Smith. East Siders may remember his first venture from when he initially moved to Cincinnati, Anderson Township’s Bounty Seafood II, which was named after his family’s fishing business on Swan’s Island, Maine. Smith, his father and his three brothers all pitched in with the work at the original Bounty Seafood and cultivated a love for finding the best, freshest catch from the ocean. At Bounty Seafood II, Smith offered fresh seafood to Cincinnatians for over eight years.

Smith sold the location in 2004 to focus on catering New England-style lobster bakes. But the storefront on Salem Road continued in much the same vein as he sold Bounty Seafood II to employee Tom Keegan, who turned it into his first Keegan’s Seafood store.

In 2009, Smith opened up Lobsta Bakes of Maine on Church Street in Newtown to serve as both a new fresh seafood store and a base of operations for his catering business. Smith’s traveling lobster bake operation has been a hit with private events and parties in the area or just those pining for the feeling of a summer evening in Maine.

Dinners catered by Lobsta Bakes of Maine feature all the greatest hits of a New England bake—mussels, corn on the cob, redskin potatoes, cole slaw and bread—with entrée options ranging from a straight forward “lobsta dinner” where everyone gets a pound-and-quarter lobster of their own to multiple variations on surf and turf that can feature filet mignon, king crab or, of course, lobster. Chicken and vegan dinner packages are also available.

The store itself has all the fixings to make a seafood dinner at home but also sells a wide array of prepared foods to carry out and enjoy at home. Lobster rolls, crab cakes, shrimp salad, lobster quiches, New England clam chowder, cioppino and even Maine blueberry pies are available to buy and enjoy as often as availability and the seasons allow. M-F 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sa 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 3533 Church St., Newtown. 513-561-0444,

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