BBH & area chowhound report
We just returned for a week long trip to th BBH area which also included some cooking at the condo we rented.
Lobster Dock - highly predictable and delicious - - we ordered, fisherman's (seafood platter), shrimp platter, twin lobster dinners, lobster rolls, and chowder. Nicely breaded, fried goodness. This is how fried seafood should taste. Lobster rolls were delicious - but it was our first one. Nice view - good service.
Kalers - if there was one meal i could take back - it would be this one - service was indifferent. Our server handed us the bill before we even finished our meal. We ordered - shrimp platter, lobster roll, hamburger (yes, hamburger), chowder (tasted like campbell's chunky), crab cakes and onion rings (served raw). The food was not the worst, but not nearly as good as the other places we found in the BBH area.
Dunton's Doghouse - BBH - take commercial street all the way to the end and it's on the right - wow - we only found this place the day before we left - excellent roadside eating. The fish sandwiches are delicious and the right price, also had french fries, BLT (we have a non-sea food eater), and hot dogs. The price was right, the music was good and the location was nice. It seems this place is the go to spot for the locals.
Oak Street Provisions - we stocked up on beer here (Dogfish IPA) and wine here. As well - we picked up a blueberry pie from Sweet Dream's from Southport, ME - at a heart stopping - $16. But after eating the pie, it was worth every penny - wild blueberries, tender crust. Delicious.
Chase Family Farm - we purchased a wild cherry pie at the Thursday farmer's market in BBH Common - it was delicious. Very different from Sweet dream's - packed with sour cherries, the filling overflowed onto the crust. The crust was excellent, but with the overflowed filling - some bits had a burnt taste.
Red's - of course - reading all the reviews and the 90 minute line ups - we went for an early lunch and only had to line up for 15 mins - we arrived just before they opened and there were a few people ahead of us - We ended up eating there twice - as we were driving by Wiscasset and saw no line up for dinner (at 6pm on a Friday) so we decided to go again. We ordered lobster rolls, french fries, battered shrimp, crab cakes, and BLT. Of course, Red's is as advertised. Delicious, moist lobster rolls - bigger than any place else. Also - nice quality pieces - including a full tail. (One a side note, despite the crazy line ups - we felt as customers - the service was excellent. They remembered us from the previous day and even gave my son a little toy. They talked to us as if no one else was in line. I supposed this also contributes to the long line!)
During a visit to Pemaquid - we planned to hit Pemaquid Fisherman's coop for lunch - but it had just closed for the afternoon. The man directed us to Shaw's. The food was decent - we had steamers, steamed lobsters, chowder, lobster roll, and a hamburger. Not bad at all - awesome scenery. We watched the fishermen bring in the lobsters for the afternoon - and our little guy thought it was the most awesome thing.
We ended up doing groceries as well - Hannaford's in BBH - is not bad for basics. We hit the Shaw's in Bath - excellent. (This coming from an urban dwelling Canadian - our grocery stores, even the large ones, don't normally had the same level of selection that American ones do - eg. butter, dairy, meats, etc.) Decent selection of international food, organic, etc. The Shaw's in Wiscasset - as friendly as the service was - was not as well stocked - but this may be due to the different clientele(?)
Unfortunately - we ran out of time but we wanted to hit - Boathouse Bistro, Bet's Fish Fry, and Ebb Tide as well.
We enjoyed our Maine vacation. We will be back.
Thank you Maine for your hospitality!
49 Atlantic Ave, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538
Ebb Tide Restaurant
43 Commercial St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538
164 Village Rd, Smithfield, ME 04978
Hi - Enjoyed your report! I have to say, it is funny, my spouse and I love going to Canada (Montreal) because we always stock up at the grocery stores there which we feel have a much better selection of different types of foods than we can find in the grocery stores here! I guess the grass is always greener on the other side....