Ogunquit lobster and clam chowder advice
Going to Ogunquit, need to know where I can get the best lobster also the best clam chowder. I've had good clam chowder at the lobster shack in Perkins Cove. But I need a good lobster restaurant for a party of 10, so i'll need to make a reservation.
Barnacle Billy's: We ate there on the weekend. They have a great space, especially for accommodating large parties. The staff is exceptionally nice and the service excellent.
The Lobster was good. The mussel appetizer was tasteless.
The cole slaw was tasteless. The french fries were weak.
The lobster sautee was pretty bad. The haddock was good.
MC Perkins Cove: They gave us a private room with the best view imaginable. The owners were Top Chef "Masters" and won James Beard award.
The food is on a much higher level than Barnacle Billy's.
The mussels in coconut milk and chili was excellent.
The tagliatelle with shrimp was great, the oysters were not anything to talk about.
The "strange flavored" eggplant with vegetable tempura was very good.
The head cheese pizza was delicious.
Fried calamari with garbanzo beans was real good.
The sesame deep fried rainbow trout was a fantastic dish.
The whole lobster was prepared perfectly
Linguini with clams , and pancetta was very tasty
Mom's corn custard was not a custard but seemed like cornbread.
chive mashed were good. French fries were very good. onion rings were ok.
Miso glazed eggplant was very tasty.
Kobe Burger was ok.
Overall it was an excellent experience and I recommend this place highly.
Jackie's Too in Perkins Cove: A simple place. Great service. They had no problem accommodating a large group.
The New England Clam chowder was one of the best I ever had. The lobster bisque was delicious as well.
The 1/2 lb lobster roll was fantastic. In NYC you get half that amount of lobster for the same price and not anywhere as good.
The lobster salad was very good. The goat cheese salad with walnuts and currants was huge and delicious.
The fried Clam belly sandwich was amazing.
The buffalo wings were acceptable.
The other non seafood dishes were good I was told by members of my party.
The shrimp veggie soup special was very good.
Jackie's Too is my favorite go to spot now for lobster roll and clam chowder.
I had the lobster roll at Jackie's and liked it; I didn't notice it being smaller than "typical" in Maine. My husband had the lobster roll at Barnacle Billy's and didn't like the amount of mayo on it (too much). The lobster roll at Maine Diner was very good (I got it hot); perhaps my favorite on my four day trip to Maine (but it was also my first one, so that may color my perception!)
All of the places mentioned so far would be fine. I will add Lords Lobster House, which is in Wells, between Ogunquit and Kennebunkport. We eat there on our first night in Maine. Other places that we hit each year include Barnacle Billy's, Ogunquit Lobster Pound, Mike's Clam Shack, Billy's Chowder House, Verano's and a few others that do not come immediately to mind.
The best soup in the area is the Fish Chowder at Fisherman's Catch, which they make only on the weekend.