Dinner in Rockland
Spending 2+ glorious weeks in Cushing Me. Mother in law w us for the first week. She wants to take us to dinner somewhere. I'm thinking nothing too foo foo like Primo or even In Good Company, Looking for casual but really good food, Have done the lobster thing already. What about Rustica? Any other suggestions?
Stopped by IGC a couple weeks ago. Had an amazing BBQ Short Ribs entree. HUGE piece of beef, boneless with a nice "crust" of caramelized bbq sauce along the whole topside. Sauce was a sweet oniony tomato bbq, not overly sweet, with a nice kick to it. Came with a mashed potato cake and some squash. I was kind of disappointed with the veg, 4 pieces of summer squash/zucchini. But the star of the plate was obviously the short ribs.
Starter was marinated olives, would have gone nicely with some bread, which I wasn't offered. I suppose I could have asked, but I've been watching my carbs a bit :)
Report; Never went to dinner while my m-i-l was with us but finally ventured off the penninsula during week 2 of our vacation. We compared the menu in the windows of Lily Bistro and In Good Company and opted for Lily Bistro. Service was delightful from a French waitress. A good Red wine to start..some kind of Pino. The bread that was served w a creamy butter and/or a chicken pate was the hit of the night. I couldn't get enough of that bread. Waitress happily brought us more. We shared a house salad which was just oK.Hubs ordered the Duck and I ordered the Daily catch which was a Red fish served w mashed, corn and cherry tomatoes. Menu should have read Mashed potato w redfish on the side. Altho the fish portion was reasonable I would rather have had more fish and far less potato. Gave hubs most of it. The dish lacked flavor overall. Needed s&p but none on any table and I'm always afraid of insulting the chef if I ask for it. Hubs was happy was his duck but I didn't hear any raves. Had coffee but no dessert. Bill including tip ~ $100. Saldly...not really worth it. Next time we'll try IGC
I'll preface this by saying I'm not local, just a tourista -- and this place is generally love-it-or-hate-it, especially on these boards -- but Cafe Miranda is definitely not foo-foo, and I've had some nice meals there.
I'll be in the Rockland area this February; so wherever you go, feedback is always appreciated.
Lily's may be a little too "foo foo" as you call it.
Hmm. For casual dining in Rockland, there are a few other options (in no specific order):
Big Fish is good. Been there once, but have friends and family that have been numerous times. Great quality and quantity of food for the money. Service was good too.
Amalfi - Maybe a little "foo foo" for you but its a great spot to go for a lite meal (appetizers or salad) on a nice day. They're open for lunch also.
Toast of the Town - Lunch only, but great sandwiches, very casual.
The Black Bull - pub style food. Service can be spotty, and it can get loud inside sometimes. Food isn't fantastic but its consistently decent.
Waterworks Pub - I have family that go at least once a month and swear their burgers are great. The two burgers I've had there were either overdone or raw. My luck, I guess.
Sunfire Grill - Mexican food, small place. Great service, food is pretty good (not many Mexican places in Maine).
Try Big Fish on Route 1 where Kate's used to be. I have not heard good reports about Rustica of late; I think it's kind of tired, needs menu updating/changing. Is Lily's Bistro too foo foo? I have heard very good comments about them lately; evidently they've addressed the newcomer problems they experienced when they first opened. I plan on going myself soon.