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best inexpensive seafood restaurant?

herbbette Nov 20, 2008 04:00 AM

looking for a no-frills good seafood restaurant for a group dining experience.
casual, good food, ie. fish and chips, lobster rolls?
anyone like blt fish shack? they seem a bit pricey, but as long as its good?


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    justinb914 RE: herbbette Nov 20, 2008 10:14 AM

    Mary's Fish Camp

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      Julz124 RE: herbbette Nov 20, 2008 01:27 PM

      Mermaid Inn...

      1. egit RE: herbbette Nov 20, 2008 02:38 PM

        I hope this isn't too late.

        I was underwhelmed by Mary's and it seemed too expensive for what it was. I like Mermaid but it seems to get mixed reviews here, after the chef left.

        You may want to consider Tides. http://www.tidesseafood.com/

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          dietndesire RE: herbbette Nov 20, 2008 03:26 PM

          Pearl Oyster for lobster roll, offshoots haven't done it but I would suggest Aquagrill over anything mentioned for overall quality and breadth of menu.

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            jdf RE: dietndesire Nov 20, 2008 05:27 PM

            I would suggest Aquagrill as well, but not sure its the no-frills fish and chips/lobster roll type of place the OP is looking for.

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              dietndesire RE: jdf Nov 21, 2008 06:49 AM

              jdf, agreed on that but the confusion comes from the original.
              There are no Maine seafood shacks or places of the no-frills variety, really.
              Pearl or any other lroll joint, well, the price of the main attraction will be plenty high.
              So either that or the best and most fairly priced seafood eatery will fit the bill.
              I am not sure but I think she is covered either way. There are no other types of places, really, in town.

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              stephaniec25 RE: dietndesire Nov 20, 2008 05:37 PM

              Totally agree with Pearl Oyster Bar. It's the best for lobster rolls and has some delicious fresh, basic fish dishes.

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                Lettucepray RE: stephaniec25 Nov 21, 2008 07:23 AM

                I love Pearl's, but I would NOT categorize it as INEXPENSIVE

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                small h RE: herbbette Nov 21, 2008 07:38 AM

                Ditch Plains could work. TIdes is not good for a group - it's too small.


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                  _emilie_ RE: small h Nov 21, 2008 08:22 AM

                  Tides is really small, but its so small that you might be able to rent the whole place out if that's how you want to roll. We had it on our list for a holiday dinner option a couple years ago here at our office, and if I recall it was actually pretty affordable. I think there are like 2 booths and then maybe 4-5 smaller tables, so you'd probably need a sizable group (20ish). I have seen them use all of the small tables to make one big table for a group reservation before though, so 10 is probably also possible, without renting the whole place. You will absolutely need a reservation though.

                  Their fried clams and oysters are the best I've had anywhere, no joke. And I love their bouillabaisse. Mmmmmm.

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