Bos-York Beach report (long)
- Joanie Sep 4, 2008 05:02 AM
Spent a long weekend at York Beach where the weather cooperated perfectly. On the way up, stopped at Rocky Coast Seafood on Rt. 1 in the Hampton area. Kind of a more barren stretch than usual and they only do a few prepared dishes (they said that should be changing). Their lobster roll was $8.99 served on a tasty grilled/buttered hot dog bun with a good amount of fresh meat, a tiny bit of mayo and nothing else. That was gone in about 2 min. A little further up Rt. 1, I swung back around for Lago's Lone Oak Ice Cream where they had a million flavors. I had a taste of the Indian pudding which was great but not really the season for it so I stuck with my usual grapenut. Very good tho not the best ever, but when you see that their "baby" cone for $2.50 is the size of a huge small in Boston, it's a great deal. They also had a kiddie size before they even got to small, which must be about a pint of ice cream.
Met my brother and his family for dinner at the Union Bluff. The pub area was jammed on a Fri. while the dining room was fairly empty (surprisingly) so we ate there and had probably the best dinner of the weekend. I don't think any items were >$22 and all done very well. The 6 year old's fish n chips was giant for $14 and came with excellent homemade fries and cole slaw. The kids both had big bowls of good chowder, I started with yummy lobster fritters ($9) that had large chunks of lobster, spinach salads were good. I ordered my first boiled lobster in about 5 years and that was great tho the side of a sweet potato cake didn't make sense and I ate the kid's cole slaw instead of my sauteed veggies. Lobster ravioli was actually cheese ravioli served with a ton of seafood besides lobster, mussels, shrimp, and a good amount. The slight disappointment was the haddock but it was fine. On the other end of the spectrum was lunch from the Maine Course the next day. Pretty bad all around, fried clams tasted like old batter and frozen clams, probably frozen lobster meat, burger was WAY overdone. And prices were actually more than the much nicer Union Bluff.
We'd seen all the bad reviews of Blue Sky but definitely had to have a drink and lobster pizza there. Arrived about 6:20 and were told they were booked til 9:30. Also told we couldn't eat on the patio unless it was a full dinner. We found a table in the lounge and got drinks and decided to try the pizza and mussels. When a table in the corner of the lounge opened up, we just sat there for the nite, and probably could have been allowed on the patio after all, which would have been awesome on this beautiful nite. And this place is so huge, there was no way they were booked til 9:30. It did fill up but never that much. In any case, we had a fun waiter, drinks were good (and well priced by Boston standards), lobster pizza was like Biba/Excelsior in Boston. Mussels were wonderful, the 3 year old went to town on those. The mozzarella/tomato salad was of excellent quality and they have an amazing bread basket. We then went for round 2 which I could have easily skipped and things went downhill a little. We all like chicken livers but these fried ones were huge and left a really mushy feeling in the mouth. Maybe they would have been better if we were more hungry. And the lobster panini with fried clams was this tiny little lobster sandwich with actually more fried clams than we'd expected. We expected the proportions to be switched. With 3 cocktails, a bottle of grüner, two glasses of wine, two shirley temples, and a pasta w/ red sauce for the kids, it was $200 I think.
Tried fresh donuts from the little candy/ice cream/etc place on Railroad St., not the best I've ever had and donuts are $1.25 now, damn. Our next lunch was more successful from the Surfside next to the bowling place on the boardwalk. Basic hot dogs, cheeseburgers and onion rings were fine. Coffee chip ice cream cone from Goldenrod was good but not nearly the size or deal of Lago's. Dinner was at the Inn on the Blues which had a wide range of choices including some attempts at nicer dining. A little pricier than it should be I think. We had a very sweet waitress and started off with a peach mojito and a couple margaritas while we split fried calamari that had a different look than usual but was good. My grilled scallops were tasty but the sides of grits and salad w/ apples didn't do much for me. Fried oyster dinner was good as was the dinner salad w/ pancetta and not sure what else. I ended with a slice of blueberry pie w/ whipped cream and it was very good. Kids had shaved ice a couple times and the requisite stop for salt water taffy and games in the Fun-o-rama arcade.
Last meal was blueberry pancakes at the Agawam Diner, they had their moments when you got a slightly crispy end with the right amount of butter. Nice trip and York has just the right amount of nice and tacky.