Weekend report - Ogunquit-Kennebunks
- digga Jun 11, 2014 03:05 PM
Had a great weekend this past one - weather couldn't have been better and we checked out all new-to-us places. We've been to OGT-Kennbunks a gazillion times, but we're almost always on our way to Portland. Glad we slowed down to enjoy this neck of the woods. Breakfasts were always eaten-in at our fantastic little cottage in the woods that we found on-line at the last minute.
Fri night - Late dinner after driving up from Boston at Cornerstone in OGT. Bottom line - do not go for the food. Patio for drinks would be nice but the pizza, their specialty, was an abomination.
Sat lunch - Goldthwaite's on Biddeford Pool was wonderful. My haddock tacos were adequate (although the fish was quite fresh) but B's small but rich lobster roll was a tasty morsel. Sweet lobster, a very buttery and crispy roll (calling hound Joanie!) and little-to-no mayo, which is our preference. We also got a huge order of parmesan fries which were fried to perfection. Scenery couldn't be beat. The only thing B was missing was a cold beer (you are not allowed to drink on the premises) but he was still smiling ear-to-ear.
Afterwards, we stopped at Rabelais (my first time to the Biddeford location) where I bought Bayless' "Everyday Mexican," had a nice conversation with Daniel, one of the owners. He raved about Palace Diner, which I have read about many times. We did a drive-by since they were between lunch and dinner services. Man, it is tinier than even the photos depict! I instantly fell in love!
Sat happy hour - Spent a lovely hour or so on the front porch of the Tides hotel in K'bunkport after a long walk on big and beautiful Fortunes Rocks beach (we had no idea such a beach existed in Maine!). What a nice place to while away the golden hour. We accidentally just caught the end of happy hour - $3 beers and some edamame with plenty of soy and ginger.
Sat dinner - The Ramp on Cape Porpoise. Fun, raucous little place. Sports memorabilia was out of control in the best way! We opted to eat in the tiny waiting area out back (check out all the basketball nets hanging from the ceiling) which was perfect for us. Another lobster roll for B (I preferred the Goldthwaite's version), while I went with the seafood stew. The stew was ok, not great. The broth lacked oomph and there was one unopened clam (there weren't that many to begin with and that kind of things tells me that the kitchen is not paying attention). Still, we could overlook these things because we enjoyed the atmosphere and the sunset right in front of us.
Sun lunch - We stopped by Goose Rocks beach (Babs Bush sighting!) and decided to try Mabel's in K'bunk. We loved it! I devoured my Maine crab roll (sweet! and nice toasty roll) and B did the same with his half-crab half-lobster salad. The salad was huge! Healthy servings of crab and lobster roll fillings on top of some dark healthy-looking salad greens, with a horseradish dressing on the side (we dipped my fries in there...another good fry job). We chatted with our neighbors, who were visiting from Austin TX (B is a Longhorn) and two of the waitstaff also visit Austin often so there was a lot of conversation about BBQ, like Franklin and the Salt Lick.
One last food-related celebrity sighting on our way home - Lydia Shire. I went up to say hello and she was very gracious and we chatted for a while. She had just been at Scampo the night before - it's nice to know that well-known chefs still actually visit their kitchens and work.
Friendly unpretentious service at every venue.
Places we want to hit next time - the Wayfarer, Nunan's, Palace Diner.
Thanks again Maine!
Just observing, Well's beach and Ogunquit's beach are both long, lovely and sandy like Fortune's Rock beach. :)
Though possibly not with nice places for happy hours (we don't do happy hours, so I'm not sure). :)
Too funny Digga, I was reading your review and thought "mmm very buttery and crispy roll" and then saw my name; you knew I'd be psyched for that. Like I've said, put anything in a perfectly grilled hot dog bun and I'm pretty happy. Sounds like a fun trip, I don't think I'd ever heard of any of the spots you visited. My Boothbay Harbor plan got nixed but doing a day/nite in Portsmouth tomorrow and will try to hit a few new places. Altho hard to break away from Moxy and Black Trumpet. Fingers crossed that this rain clears out on the early side.