Have not had a bad meal at this restaurant---the food is very good and I highly recommend it.
UPDATE: THIS RESTAURANT DID CLOSE BUT HAS SINCE RE-OPENED, RUN BY THE ORIGINAL CHEF SO THE FOOD IS JUST AS GOOD AS ALWAYS!
Favorite Dish: My favorite is their house salad. It has cranberries and walnuts in it and is really delicious. One of my friends had cream of carrot soup once and still raves about it if asked. The seafood chowder is excellent also. They have steaks, seafood, etc.
This place was packed to the gills. The menu is large and has everything from simple sandwiches to steaks lobster and several unique creations. Our food came quickly and it was well prepared. This is a down home casual diner in every sense of the word. We plan to go back and try out some other dishes. My wife had the salmon pie and I had a grilled Reuben. Bot were beautifully prepared and delicious.
I have never been more disappointed in a restaurant. This buffet restaurant had an international set up with tables set up with Mexican, Italian and other types of food. Overall I found the food to be bland, unseasoned, boring and about half of it was barely warm.
The Mexican table did not have any tortillas, the Italian table had pizza and some noodles, and the rest of the tables were equally badly arranged. I would not recommend this place to anyone that actually likes food with flavor.
Before leaving, I was said that Maine is famous for offering the best lobsters in the world. I was not said that the best place where to get them is a "shack". It is a sort of very well organized street vendor on a busy road with a tiny cooking area, a big bowl with still alive lobsters and tables for pic nic. You have to stay in a line, order what you would like (better as speedest as you can), pay (credit cards are accepted only in the biggest shack) and wait to be called. In the meantime, an alive lobster will be put in boiling water for 20 minutes more or less. You can order sodas as well but forget alchool. Actually I did not understand the reason of this rule. Anyway, you can bring your own beer or wines. Lobster price varies on market. Anyway we do not spend more of 20-25 USD each of us. One of my favourite shack was the one near Portland (see the proper tip) but every shack I went was good.
On my opinion, the best way to get a lobster is simply steam-cooked. But you will get a whole lobster and proper instrument to break it. Such an hard job (but very well paid!!!!). If you are more lazy, you can order a lobster roll (a sandwich with juicy fresh lobster pieces inside) or a cocktail (a salad with lobster meat). Like in every restaurant in the US, ask if any sauce will be provided with ordering it otherwise you could run the risk to eat a spicy and awful sauce with some lobster upon. Last but not least: lobster are killed in a very cruel way. If you are an animalist, do not go there (but probably you would not have gone).
I was unimpressed with the Portland branch of this Portland institution but the Freeport one was much more friendly. The inside was much like its sister city pub but there was a great outside eating area and as you can see, on this glorious fall day, we took full advantage of it. It was a great place to go for lunch after a morning of shopping around Freeport's outlets.
Favorite Dish: They have a fairly eclectic menu but we were not so hungry so we opted to share an order of nachos. The waiter assured it was enough for the two of us. Oh, and it was, it was....lol. It was one of the best plates of nachos I have ever had, seemed every chip had cheese and other goodies on it. At $8.50, it was a real bargain too. Washed down with a cask-conditioned Best Bitter, it was heavenly sitting outside in the sun. It was just a shame we found it on the day we were to drive to the White Mountains in New Hampshire. :S
1 hr from Portland airport is the small town of Bath. Stop for lunch at the CABIN restaurant. There is a signpost for it on the road as you enter town and it is in the shadow of the (still functioning) steel works where ships are still constructed. The building is over 100 years old and has been a restaurant since 1986. They serve great pizzas and hoagies at reasonable prices. It’s low wooden beams and tables and wooden booth type benches give it the look of an old English pub. Maritime paintings and replica ships oil lanterns add to the naval ambience. Be aware that only cash or checks are accepted here (though there is an ATM on the property).
The Café Bluefish in Bar Harbor is a very unpretentious restaurant. Frankly not much to look at from the outside and simple and homely inside. "Full of character" would be an apt description. Entering the restaurant is like entering someone's home - there are books and Trivial pursuit questions on the tables - which means you don’t have to engage in polite conversation ! Lobster Strudel is a must try – the recipe has been featured on the Food Network.
Originally our friends had intended to just show us the village, but we happened to find parkings for the cars and so we decided to have lunch there in a highly recommended restaurant named MC Perkins Cove. It had opened only a half year ago or so (?) in a renovated old fisherman's house right by the ocean. The interior is modern with an all-glass front opening to the water offering spectacular ocean/coast views. The owners are also chefs of the "Arrows" restaurant in Ogunquit, one of the leading restaurants in America (as we were told). So, expectations were high and we were not disappointed. Staff was super nice and very attentive.
Favorite Dish: While the whole lobster was not on the lunch menu our friends persuaded the staff into serving one for the German guest. Yay! So I had my first steamed whole Maine lobster with sweet potato fries ... absolutely fantastic. Eating the lobster was fun, fingers involved and such :-) My parents had burger with french fries which were excellent (but no fun - unfortunately they don't like fish and seafood much). If I recall our friends had tuna carpaccio, steamed mussels and sweet potato fries resp. Peekytoe crab cakes and cole slaw (but I could be wrong) - everything was delicious.
This is the best well known hole in the wall in Portland. Great food, great prices. The food at the "famous" restaurant next door is overpriced and flavorless. Every time I hit the Old Port for dinner, I go to J's. I always get delicious food, great service, and local "Mainahs" chatting me up.
Favorite Dish: The BOUILLABAISSE!!! It is a big bowl full of mussels (in the shell) haddock, sea scallops, Jumbo shrimp(oxymoron) and oh yeah baby LOBSTAH. It's served over shell pasta in a sauce that is tomato/ butter something I don't know, but its incredible. At about 25$ It's the highest priced meal. If I wasn't going to get that, I'd spend less than 20 on a great meal, but I've just got to get the seafood indulgence.
Clay Hill Farm in Cape Neddick Maine isn't your typical Maine seafood restaurant. It's more like a countryside dining spot loaded with rural New England charm -- yet it's just a few minutes to the ocean (Ogunquit). This elegant farmhouse features beautiful dining rooms with candle light, a piano player, outside her gardens and some of the freshest food we've sampled in New England. It's our favorite place to eat in the region.
Favorite Dish: We had roasted duck with a blueberry sauce, an amazing lobster bisque with -- get a hold of this -- real lobster, and sea scallops with wine shallot cream! Simply phenomenal!
On the oceanfront near Two Lights State Park, Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
The LOBSTER SHACK is located at the end of Two Lights Road . The award-winning restaurant has been a local landmark since the 1920's. Its unique setting, below the lighthouse and next to the fog horn, has made it a special place to eat and visit.
While enjoying your meal in their cozy dining room or eating at the oceanside on their picnic tables, you can watch the ships entering Portland Harbor or watch the local lobstermen haul up their catch of the day.
Hot boiled Lobster Dinners
Fried Maine Shrimp
Fried clams, scallops , haddock
Fresh Maine Lobster Rolls & Crabmeat rolls
Fried chickenHot dogs, hamburgers & Fish Burgers
Open seven days a week
11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily - April to mid-October
When it comes to Lobster, the fresher the better and the tasty crustaceans are freshest when they are still alive. Lobster Pounds ensure tha public gets Lobsters while they are still kicking. hehe!When most people think of lobster pounds, they think of restaurants. However, the term originally referred to a means of live lobster storage that is still in practice today.
Lobstermen built the first lobster pound in a deep tidal creek on Vinalhaven Island in 1875. The “pound” was a pen in the creek that could hold a large quantity of lobsters. Water could pass freely into the pen, keeping the lobsters alive. The catch was stored there to wait until demand rose or until certain lobsters reached saleable condition.
The technique became popular within the lobstering industry. Lobster pounds began springing up in fishing villages all over the state and throughout New England. They would often be built on docks floating in harbors or in other calm bodies of salt water. Fishermen could easily access their catch when the time was right to sell.
The DOWN EAST LOBSTER POUND offers fresh local seafood - fresh crab & Lobster Rolls and homemade "Chowda". You can eat in at their outdoor patio or take-out.
Favorite Dish: Recipe for Fish Chowder
1 large or 2 medium onions chopped
4 tablespoons margarine or butter
6-8 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed to 1/2 inch
1 or 1 1/2 pounds of haddock or other firm white fish
2 cans evaporated milk
Salt and pepper to taste
In a 4 quart saucepan, saute' onion in margarine or butter. Add cubed potatoes. Barely cover with boiling water. Cook covered for fifteen minutes. Place cut and deboned fish carefully over the potatoes. Cover and simmer 15 minutes or until fish flakes. Add evaporated milk, salt and pepper. Reheat, but do not bring to a boil. Serve with oyster crackers.
There were many wonderful restaurants near the Sea Breeze. We picked THE CHART ROOM as they had "Early Bird" Lobster Dinner for $17.95 from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Hans had his "Lobstah" dinner for the second time and why not, you don't get it for this price back home. It was a monster lobster and Hans enjoyed every bit of it. I don't really like whole lobster and all the work that goes into taking it apart, so I had seafood fettucine with bits of lobster and crab in it which I really enjoyed.
Wednesday September 26, 2007
With a name like LORI'S CAFE' it must be gooooood.
As Hans and I were in the mood for a hearty breakfast, I started looking for a little Mom & Pop place as we headed west along Highway 3. Lo and behold we saw Lori's Cafe'. For the unbelievable price of $4.25 we had a HUGE breakfast including 2 eggs cooked your choice, 4 slices of bacon ( Hans had a slice of Ham ), hash brown potatoes and two thick slices of home-made raisin bread toast. Their "endless" cup of coffee was .95 and it was terrific.
Lori's Cafe' was about 20 miles before Augusta, Maine on Highway 3. If heading west like we were, it's on the left side of the road. I believe the closest town was South China.
Open Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Originally opened in 1953, the latest incarnation of the Maine Diner dates to 1983 and has been serving Maine-centric family fare to many satisfied customers since then. Menu items include Yankee pot roast, red flannel hash, she-crab soup, homemade chicken pot pie, and all kinds of local seafood.
We went in search of blueberry pie but were also curious about one of their specialties, lobster pie. The lobster pie turned out to be a mix of tail and claw meat in butter and topped with bread crumbs and finished off in the oven. It's not a huge dish which would be hard to finish since lobster is so rich. But basically it is very tasty and the lobster is sweet and succulent. For dessert we had a piece of the blueberry pie and couldn't resist also ordering a piece of banana cream pie. Both were very good with one in our party declaring the banana cream as the best he had ever tasted. Our waitress, fascinated with our tale of eating our way through southern Maine (this was stop No. 6 on the day) suggested we try another of their specialties, Indian Pudding. I a fit of delierium we told her to bring an order and 4 spoons. The Indian Pudding, a mix of corn meal and molasses topped with ice cream was simply heaven.
The food and cozy atmosphere are well worth the drive up to Wells. It's a great little diner that makes you feel like you're in the northeast. Eat at the counter if there's a long wait for tables/booths.
Favorite Dish: Lobster pie, Indian pudding, blueberry pie, banana cream pie
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