Wells/Ogunquit/Rt 1 trip report
Ate somewhat successfully on my little 2 day getaway to enjoy the end of summer. Drove up Rt. 1 from Boston and stopped for lunch at Justin's Seafood Hut in Rye (I guess) cuz I couldn't resist the sign for $5 lobster rolls. Buttered and grilled hot dog bun w/ a decent amount of lobster (I skipped lettuce), it hit the spot. From the reviews on Yelp, I'll have to try the fried food next time. I then saw Pie in the Sky in York which I'd heard about for a while so had to get a piece of something. Went with cherry pie and it was good although suffered from soggy bottom crust syndrome, and was a bit pricey at $5.95. Got to Wells around 2:00 and walked the 25 min into Ogunquit (yes they have those shuttles but they take so many side trips, it's quicker just to walk) and wandered around with the throngs of people. When I returned to the hotel, I stopped at Jake's which was right across the street, even after seeing people's comments that Mike's was better. I figured I'd try it myself cuz I liked the look of the place (more shack like than Mike's) but alas, their clam roll kind of reminded me of HoJo's even tho the clams had full bellies. The roll was great and the clams were passable, and it was just $9.95 with a bag of kettle chips, but definitely not the best. That nite I sat at the bar of Five-0 on Shore Rd. and had a very nice ginger martini that we improvised off some other drink on the menu. I liked their menu with the choice of many small plates, I went with artichoke arancini with goat cheese sauce. They were done well but personally I would have preferred a different sauce. Finished with ice cream from Sweet Pea's across the street.
Mon. I stopped at Fresh on Main St. which looks like it used to be a gas station. It's a cool space and I couldn't pass up the fact that they make their own donuts but they just weren't that good, iced coffee was fine tho. Bagged the donut and got the donut muffin from Backyard Bakery across the street and that was delicious. Sat on the beach for a while but couldn't bring myself to go in so came back and swam in the pool then made my way back into town for lunch at Café Amore on Shore Rd. I got that $20 lobster dinner I'd seen advertised but this was kind of a bust. They close the nicer restaurant area once the breakfast rush is over so you're in the little café getting food that I think came from a microwave. I heard lots of beeps going off and certainly the corn on the cob and roast potatoes weren't worth the calories. I started with clam chowder (all served w/ paper/plasticware) and it had a taste I couldn't put my finger on, vinegar or something. Thankfully the lobster comes fresh cooked from Perkins Cove Lobster Pound across the street and that was good (I had to get a lobster fix since we were foiled on our trip to Bar Harbor for various reasons). The raspberry choc chip ice cream was good too, and the girl working was very sweet (she also hosted at MC Perkins Cove) but I think I should try the proper restaurant for breakfast next time. Dinner was at the MC bar and I got a drink w/ their raspberry infused vodka and "crab cakes". These really can't be called crab cakes, they're more like crab puffs, or scallion puffs if you get down to it. They were a tasty little bite but at $14.50, I want crab cakes not three airy puffs of onion. The bartenders here and at Five-0 were fine but I sure didn't get that fun vibe you can get sitting at a bar. Ended with more ice cream from the booth next to Jackie's Too.
Tues. I drove to up to Congdon's to give their donuts another try because I wasn't impressed with my first stop there years ago. The plain glazed cruller was pretty good but I don't think it's in the upper echelon of donut shops. I also got an apricot scone for the next day from Borealis Bread on Rt. 1, that's a nice shop. Made my way back thru York and Rt. 1A until I got to Ray's in Rye for a clam roll (only $8.99). This time the clams were great but they grilled the bun with no butter. People who know me know I love a buttered grilled bun and you can put almost anything in it and I'm happy but this wasn't worth eating. Bought a couple cobs of corn from a stand in Rowley for dinner when I got back and thus ended my two days of eating. Missed my travel pal so I could split and try more things but I obviously packed in quite a bit.