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Aug 23, 2011 10:48 PM

Ogunquit/Portland Area Seafood gastro Pub

Headed to Ogunquit for a couple of days and plan to eat a TON of lobster. I'm looking ofr a good place to buy fresh lobster (as in from the dock). I'm also looking to make a trip to Portland and will check out J's Oysters. I'm looking for good bars with great local beer that serve somewhat cheap raw bar. Any suggestions?

J's Oyster
5 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101

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  1. Go to District on Danforth St. Not the easiest place to find, it's just a few blocks west of the Old Port. Happy hour 4-6PM (M-F), $1 oysters and $2 short drafts - about 10 beers on tap. Good selection of local/from away although nothing rare or out of the ordinary. District is a little out of the way and overlooked by many but they're doing some nice food and drink there. Nice gastro pub-like feel as well. Old Port Sea Grill has a nice raw bar but it's expensive and the place is really too trendy looking to be considered any kind of pub.

    Old Port Cafe
    111 Main St, Winterport, ME 04496

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    1. re: bobbert

      Awesome, thank you, sounds perfect. I'll be sure to post my reactions...

    2. If you go to J's, just remember to skip the oysters: see previous discussions on this board.

      1. Ok, so, I went to J's a few weeks back, two days before the Hurricane (Irene) hit. I made the trip to Portland from Oqunquit with the purpose of going to J's and checking out Portland. I was not let down on either front. It was a beautiful day out, so thankfully my party was able to get a table out on the back patio. we were a party of 5 PLUS a 9 month old baby in a stroller. i was a little worried about the atmosphere being a little to gruff for my baby, but that could not have been further from the truth! I found the staff to be very helpful, accommodating, and friendly. They were more than happy to seat us (after a short wait) and brought out a high chair for my baby boy.

        Ok, so the food. I sampled my wife's clam chowder, and then ordered myself a crab roll and a lobster roll. I also ordered a bucket of steamers for the table, though i had a bunch of them. the chowder was above average, the lobster roll was probably the best of the group, and the steamers were a hit with everyone grabbing some. I did find them to be a little gritty, but that is obviously to be expected. the grit really bothers me, but my wife LOVES it. Grit aside, the steamers were quite good.

        Overall, i strongly recommend the joint for some good drinking, good eating,and fun, cool, "gritty atmosphere. Again, we were there for lunch, but i know i would like to go back and do some drinking and eating at night!

        J's Oyster
        5 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101

        1. My wife and i went to BB's on our first night in the "O." It was a little late, but we had a great meal, and the staff was great as well! The highlight of the meal for me were the big friend clams. While I was shocked that they served Ken's tarter sauce out of a packet (I found that most places did this and used packets in general), the clams were some of the best I have had. I had the stuffed lobster for dinner, and i think i would have been fine with just the regular lobster, it was good. I just found the stuffing part to be a bit much, and not all that good. the clam chowder was also quite good as were the scallops. Overall, a good time, kid friendly, and worth a trip for sure.

          Barnacle Billy's
          Perkins Cv, Ogunquit, ME 03907

          1. I housed a 3.5 pound lobster! Very good meal, good family enviornment, nice staff, but pretty pricey as far as the lobster goes.

            Ogunquit Lobster Pound Restaurant & Lounge
            256 Route 1, Ogunquit, ME 03907