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Maine Shrimp on menus

Wannabfoode Jan 17, 2012 07:50 PM

Wanted to separate this out from the retail pricing thread...anyone had any maine shrimp dishes either on menus or as specials that they want to recommend?

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    hckybg RE: Wannabfoode Jan 17, 2012 07:54 PM

    Both Strip T's (pan roasted Maine Shrimp) and East by Northeast (Maine Shrimp Congee) have had them as specials in the last week. Considering how excellent both restaurants are, I don't doubt that their renditions of the delicacy are also great.

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      MC Slim JB RE: hckybg Jan 19, 2012 07:29 PM

      Can confirm that the Strip-T's version is amazing. Git 'em while they're still goin'!


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        emannths RE: MC Slim JB Jan 19, 2012 07:32 PM

        Can you describe the dish a little more? Looking for some home-cookin' ideas.

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          hckybg RE: emannths Jan 19, 2012 08:02 PM

          I'll let Slim give you the details, but the waitress said they were pan roasted (in butter?) shell-on, with heads. But for your home cooking idea bank, I can tell you that we made an excellent scampi with them last night. The sweetness gave the dish a taste not unlike linguini with clams. The preparation was simple: butter, olive oil, red pepper, lots of garlic, the shrimp, a little more butter, a little more olive oil and lemon juice, then the pasta.

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            MC Slim JB RE: hckybg Jan 20, 2012 06:12 AM

            hckybg is correct about the preparation (pan roasted, not sure if in butter), which also included a bagna cĂ uda made with shrimp oil instead of the traditional anchovy. The shrimp were good-sized, whole, soft-shelled (as they are only at this time of year), had a bit of chili-accented seasoning, and slices of tiny celery throughout. A generous portion, too, at least 20 of them for $13. Nothing quite like the flavor of the heads. A rare treat, and probably only on for another couple of weeks.


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              MC Slim JB RE: MC Slim JB Jan 20, 2012 09:29 PM

              I don't do this often, but here's a photo. I'm going to be looking longingly at this in July.


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      heavydee RE: Wannabfoode Jan 18, 2012 03:41 AM

      Garden at the Cellar in Cambridge has a (very tasty) Maine Shrimp small plate on their regular menu, served in the shell with the heads on, that I had a couple of weeks ago. I would highly recommend it if you find yourself in the neighborhood.

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        mkfisher RE: Wannabfoode Jan 18, 2012 05:23 AM

        I believe they were on the menu as a special last night at Toro

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          chocojosh RE: meatluvr Jan 18, 2012 09:04 AM

          These are great! With Old Bay mayo.

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            ScotchandSirloin RE: Wannabfoode Jan 18, 2012 06:43 AM

            Had them at Teatro on Friday.

            1. viperlush RE: Wannabfoode Jan 18, 2012 01:25 PM

              Had as a small plate @ the new Gardner restaurant this afternoon. Gnocchi, shrimp, in a citrusy (?) sauce.

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                BostonZest RE: viperlush Jan 19, 2012 11:13 AM

                Viper, I had those too at Cafe G. Nice! I love the three small plates for $14 or $5.50 each there. My husband and I shared the shrimp, tartiflette, and country ham terrine. Then shared the polenta and mushrooms. All very good. And, the bread was great!


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                  ParisLady RE: BostonZest Jan 19, 2012 05:20 PM

                  Thanks BostonZ! I have been wondering how good the new Cafe fare would be...looking forward to trying it. Sorry everyone...I know that this thread is about Maine shrimp!

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                beforesunrise RE: Wannabfoode Jan 19, 2012 12:06 PM

                Island Creek Oyster Bar had an appetizer with them last week - delicious!

                Island Creek Oyster Bar
                500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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