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Southern Maine- Follow Up Report

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We just returned from Old Orchard Beach, Maine. We set out with Chowhound posts in hand and have thye following to report:

On the Marsh, Ogunquit: We went here on a Chowhound recommendation and were VERY disappointed. The service was good, but the food was decidedly medocre--- and expensive! The free range chicken was good,but everything else was merely OK. At these prices we expected much more. Lovely setting... some consolation.

MC, Perkin's Cove: Excellent, wonderful, probably the best of the trip. Excellent food, well prepared, excellent service, and a nice view. Expensive, but worth the price. The only complaint is that the dining room is a bit noisy. Highly recommended!

Maine Diner, Wells: An old favorite, still good! Good lobster roll, wonderful lobster pie, reasonable price. Good edible food, at a good price. There was a wait... Worth the wait- browse the gift shop, appropriately called "Remember the Maine".

Nunan's Lobster Hut, Cape Porpoise: We LOVE Nunan's! Plain, unadorned lobster, boiled with chips and a bun on the side, decent steamers too. Dependable year after year... Recommended! We ate there twice in a week.

Becky's, Portland: It was good. Not awesome, but good. Lovely pancakes, with real maple syrup (at additional cost). Parking was a nightmare, and there was a line.

Bob's Clam Hut, Kittery: Considering the location, surprisingly good. We were outlet shopping and had a nice lunch. Not worth going out of the way, but if you are shopping, worth stopping in.

Thanks to Chowhound for some good meals.

Happy Eating!

Renee

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  1. Thanks, flam1ngo, for your report. Lots of good information. Your negative review of On the Marsh makes me less inclined to give it a try. And I'm eager to visit MC Perkins Cove.

    Your review of Becky's is spot-on. Reliable, predictable, and good, but nothing to write home about. As for Bob's Clam Hut, I think I like it more than you do. I think it's as good (if not better) than the places in Ipswich and Essex that get all the press (Woodman's, The Clam Box, Farnham's, Essex Seafood).

    I'm not a big fan of the Maine Diner, however, and can't recommend their Lobster Pie/Casserole. When you toss pre-cooked lobster into a casserole dish and stick it into a hot oven it becomes overcooked and tough. There's no way around it. I couldn't even eat the Lobster Pie when I ordered it. If you want to argue that the prices at the Maine Diner are reasonable, fine. But the food is nothing special.

    Sorry--I hope my tone wasn't too shrill. I love traditional diners when they get it right. I just think the Maine diner coasts on its reputation.