Southern Maine- Follow Up Report
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.
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.