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Bob W Jul 25, 2012 11:05 AM

Well, thanks to yet another disastrous trip up, we couldn't get to Street & Co or Fisherman's Grill this time, but I have plaudits for:

One Fifty Ate Pickett Street Cafe Outstanding bagels! I like the funky atmosphere inside and the peaceful seating area outside, too.

Micucci's: The slabs were great, as were the cannoli

Day's: Just a short drive up 295 in Yarmouth. First-rate lobster rolls and fried haddock nuggets. Tried a crab roll too -- good, but we liked the lobster rolls better. The crab roll is $3 cheaper.

Finally, the food at the Yarmouth Clam Festival was very good. For anyone who wants to try all of the foods Maine is known for in one stop (and help some local organizations), I'd recommend stopping by next year. Even a refreshing lime rickey!

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    crawfish RE: Bob W Jul 25, 2012 01:00 PM

    Why was trip up disastrous? We're making the trip from Toronto a week Saturday.

    "Outstanding" bagels in Portland? How do they compare to Montreal bagels?

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      Bob W RE: crawfish Jul 26, 2012 06:31 AM

      1. 11 hours late = disastrous. First the AC on our plane was broken, then that delay caused our flight to be cancelled due to a massive line of East Coast thunderstorms. We had to take a Washington Flyer from Dulles to National, had a rotten meal at TGIFridays, got to our hotel after midnight, with our two young children, then got woken up early by a fire alarm caused by burnt toast in the lobby. Disastrous enough for you? 8>D

      2. Yes, the bagels at 158 Pickett Street (and apparently at its spinoff, Scratch Baking, also in South Portland, which I haven't yet tried), are great. Very chewy (I like a bagel that fights back), generous flavorings. Can't compare to Montreal as I have never had the pleasure. Not as humongous as NY bagels. Scratch gets all the press but they learned their craft at 158 Pickett.

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        bobbert RE: Bob W Jul 26, 2012 08:19 AM

        And the guy at 158 learned how to make bagels in Montana. Go figure.

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          Bob W RE: bobbert Jul 26, 2012 10:02 AM

          Remind me to try the bagels when I visit Montana; got any tips?

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          crawfish RE: Bob W Jul 26, 2012 09:37 AM

          Sorry, I must have mixed you up with another post. I thought you were from Montreal.

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            Bob W RE: crawfish Jul 26, 2012 10:03 AM

            Been there just once, and unfortunately that was long before I learned about the bagels...and the smoked meat. 8<(

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            marciagrace RE: Bob W Jul 26, 2012 10:09 AM

            Allison one of the owners of Scratch was one of the founders of 158 Pickett St. back when it was One Fifty Ate. She and Josh(158) developed the bagel recipe together.

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              bobbert RE: marciagrace Jul 26, 2012 10:25 AM

              Here's a link to a good article on 158 and how it all got started.... http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/04/15...

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                Bob W RE: bobbert Jul 26, 2012 10:52 AM

                That's a great article and the pictures are very accurate. I concur with one of the commenters that the salmon, cucumber, red onion (and capers) on everything is a work of art and delicious too. Mrs W. started with a Hogzilla but liked my Salmon so much that I had to get her another one.

                I actually learned about this place from Chopped! I think the lady on the far left in the picture was the cheftestant.

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          AlCracka RE: Bob W Aug 7, 2012 02:56 PM

          This seems like as good a place to put this as any: stopped through Portland on our way to a wedding and had dinner at Hugo's, and it was pretty good. But just pretty good. Four out of five stars. Ceviche was terrific, although it wasn't ceviche - they sous vide the squid, which is a great idea but that's not how you do ceviche - quail and bouillabaisse, pretty good.

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