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Sep 24, 2006 01:35 AM

Benny's in Portland ME--any good?

Benny's is a seafood-shack-kinda place all by itself at the far west end of Commercial St. I've driven by many times but have never eaten there. Does anyone know if it's any good?

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  1. Keep driving a little more and stop @ BECKY's......

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    1. re: irwin

      But is Becky's where you want to go if you want a seafood shack?

      1. re: Joanie

        I thought they are asking if its good or not, and not asking for a seafood shack! Am I right or wrong?

      2. Thanks (I guess) for the Becky's rec! To repeat my question, I'd like to hear from anyone who's been to Benny's and can offer an opinion on the food there

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        1. re: cfrolio

          I go to Benny's every few weeks. It's not too far from where I work. I can get in and out of there fairly quickly. Anyhow, to answer your question, it is good, not great. I usually get a haddock sandwich or fish & chips. I think the portion size is a bit small, but the quality is good and the fish is cooked correctly. I had a lobster roll there once: same comment, small, but good enough. I don't care for Becky's. A lot of hype, food & service just so-so.

          1. re: Boodles

            HYPE--thats what makes it interesting, especially if you also want to people-watch!

            1. re: irwin

              Well, I have not been to Benny's, so I don't know if it's good.

              I did think that that was the question that cfrolio asked - and not how fabulous someone thinks that Becky's may be.

              Can anyone tell us about Benny's?

              1. re: sophie fox

                I spoke about Benny's. Benny's is good, not great. I go there every few weeks. If I didn't work a mile or so away, I probably wouldn't go there, but I do and it's a good place for lunch. The fried seafood is good, the lobster rolls are good. The portion size is smallish. The price is medium. It's clean, rarely crowded, nor deserted. My brother, who lives in New York, likes it as a quick fix for lobster roll when he's in Portland. There used to be a place called Bill's down on the point, back in the 60's that sold clam cakes for 25 cents a piece. Bill's was worth the trip from Peaks Island where we lived back then. Benny's isn't Bill's, but it's what we got now.

                1. re: sophie fox

                  it was a suggestion and not a demand !
                  Sorry if I gave you a bad day.

          2. Wow I always wanted to meet someone who lived on Peak's Island. And wondered where they went to eat.

            1. I drove by Benny's today. It is closed for the season.