Lobster for Breakfast (Trip Report -- Long)
(Actually, it was fried clams for breakfast but I would have had lobster -- I liked it so much!!)
So sad to have missed Woodman's in Essex and Clam Box in Ipswitch; I was trying to cover too much territory in a 10 day trip.
A friend rec Swan's in Dennisport. Salmon was fresh and good, lobster ok. Side of twice baked potato not at all good, did not seem fresh. Would not return. (They are now closed for the season. In fairness, staff very nice.)
Nantucket: Breakfast at Black-Eyed Susan. It was ok but I would not wait in line for it -- we were there about noon so no line since they close at 1 pm and reopen later for dinner.
Hyannis - for dinner we wanted to go to Alberto's but motel owner rec Fazio, closer, cheaper, he makes his own pasta. We had pasta with clams in shell. Clams were great but pasta was way too salty so I left it. Minestrone soup not really hot/not great. Would not return.
Next day was too long a drive, too much to do. We left Hyannis in am and didn't get to Camden until 9 pm. Made a few stops at outlet shops in Kittery but did not see any bargains -- would skip. A cookware place was selling Microplane box grater (my fave) for same price as Wm-Sonoma --$35.
Cape Elizabeth: Finally found Lobster Shack at Two Lights. Since late in season, late in day, no line. I was only going to get lobster roll but worker seemed sincere when she said fried clams were excellent. I'm so glad I got them; they were the best of the whole trip. My friend did not think she would like them since she does not like fried foods, had never had one but does like steamers and oysters so she tried one and was hooked.
For some reason, their melted butter was way too salty so lobster roll was not perfect for me. The setting is nice, both indoor and outdoor seating. Someone said a recent storm had washed away all the picnic tables so they had to get more. When asked if new ones were now bolted down, reply was "no."
Next day we drove to Bar Harbor in a lot of rain (too bad we could not go for a hike in Acadia). It was too crowded with cruise ship tourists. My friend had a taste of lobster ice cream -- I passed, didn't want to ruin my opinion of lobster. (It had real bits of lobster meat in it -- she would not have wanted a real portion.)
Next day, Ellsworth, we had the fried clams for breakfast at Jordan's. They were OK, a bit chewy. Would not return.
Trenton -- for dinner we went to Trenton Lobster Pound. (Some were telling us to go to Lunt's nearby but Passadumpkeg said Trenton plus Trenton had more cars in the parking lot.) $7.95lb. so we shared a 2 lb. They charged 80 cents for melted butter and 80 cents for a while lemon so skipped that. Lobster great. Clam chowder not worth $6.95 for small portion. Women working there were rude/hostile. Would not return.
Waldoboro: Got the walnut pie to go. Just my opinion, not worth a stop, only ate about 1/4.
Wiscasset: I knew I had to try Red's Eats. We were 1 1/4 hr before they opened at 11:30 but decided to wait -- walked around shops -- were first in line. One couple from N.H. had been there before but refused to wait 20 minutes! Line was at least 25 people when they opened. Really excellent lobster roll -- $16. Great fried clams (2nd to Cape Elizabeth) and excellent tartar sauce (I think made in house). If we'd had to wait in a line, it would have been worth it. Since they only have outside picnic tables, we would have had to eat in the car if it'd been raining. They closed for the season Columbus Day.
N. Conway -- our motel told us about an excellent deal, only on Thurs, at Stonecrest Lodge. Any 2 entrees for $25. We tried making a res but they said they were completely full so we just showed up at 8:30 and only waited about 20 minutes. My friend had beef Wellington -- she'd only served it when she was a waitress but had never tried it; she was very pleased with it. (I didn't order it since I only like well done meat.) I got the Steak Diane but the cut was sirloin -- too chewy for me. Found a dog the next day that really enjoyed the rest of it. Veggies were fresh and perfect. The app of lobster in puff pastry was not good. This Thurs. night deal is excellent if you're in N. Conway.
Next day, since it was raining, we drove to Meredith to Hart's Turkey Farm. Salad was enormous and white meat turkey dinner moist and delicious. Stuffing and mashed potatoes only so-so but they make from scratch yeast rolls and corn bread. It was very reasonable, very varied menu, not just turkey.
Stairway Cafe for breakfast -- we had blueberry pancakes and huevos verdes -- very good.
The drive on 112 to Stowe was beautiful. I know CH says to skip ethnic good in NE but we did not feel like driving to Burlington to A Single Pebble. Motel rec Lucky King; the buffet looked really awful so we left and had good pizza and a salad at Pie in the Sky.
Last 2 days in Boston. Neptune Oyster - no line but lunch took over 2 hrs, I don't know why. Very pricey, lobster roll was $25, only average but came with hot, superior french fries we all loved. Others had littlenecks and oysters. Clam chowder -- clams were too chewy. Really excellent fresh crab salad. Table next to us ordered salad and app of fried clams that looked really great. After they finished, they ordered a second order.
Had not tried ice cream the whole trip so went to Toscanini. I had blueberry -- ok -- but not worth $3.85 for one scoop.
It was Columbus Day so long lines at Modern & Mike's. Mike's had longer line but all 4 of us preferred canoli and sfog...(can't spell) at Modern. I brought some home to my daughter and she dislikes the cinnamon taste in the filling of the sfog...Do they usually have cinnamon? Now I see on CH someone thinks Maria's is best. Oh well, next time.
At lunch at Mother Anna. Tried the minestrone -- was only $4 but pretty lacking. My friend had lobster ravioli, which she liked a lot. I had a big portion of lasagna with bright, nice sauce, a real bargain for only $10. You'd never get this at this price in North Beach, San Francisco. Maybe they have too much competition in the North End. Also, each came with a big salad, good.
Great trip but maybe next time I'll just do MASS and Maine Coast.