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Another vote for Passions - fresh, generously filled and reasonably priced.

Sep 11, 2014
westie in Southern New England

Midcoast Maine TR

MidCoastMaineiac - Based on my experience, restaurants serving extraordinary sized portions tend to place quantity over quality. This was certainly true of our meal at Conte's where the salmon was farm raised and the scallops of middling quality. Though I knew portion size was going to be an issue, it is difficult to imagine how large plus there was no way to anticipate Conte sending our that 2nd plate. I also wonder if a request to share an entree would have been met by him telling us "no pasta for you"? LOL

With only 3 nights, something had to give. I considered dining at In Good Company where we have enjoyed a few meals in the past, but we were not impressed by the 5 entrees offered that evening so we opted to experience Conte's.

Oddly, 5 of the 15 featured craft beers were not available that evening. Justin said it was due to a distributor problem.

Sep 01, 2014
westie in Northern New England

Just a comment/question

Two reasonably priced restaurants that we have frequented prior to attending performances at the Smith Center are Lola's-Louisiana Kitchen and Mundo.

Sep 01, 2014
westie in Las Vegas

Midcoast Maine TR

CTadininbound - thanks for the suggestions. I had considered Primo, but since we were planning on dining later in the trip at Ports of Italy we decided to substitute Long Grain. As you probably know, fine dining options in Boothbay Harbor are far more limited than in the Camden/Rockland area.

As far as Seabright is concerned, it fell under the radar, but I have just added it to my notes for a future trip.

Aug 30, 2014
westie in Northern New England

Midcoast Maine TR

Morganna - I had read numerous reviews here, yelp and tripadvisor so nothing came as a complete surprise and I enjoyed the food. On the hand, as a policy. I generally avoid restaurants that are known to serve excessive portions. I made an exception that evening, but now I have been there, done that.

Aug 30, 2014
westie in Northern New England

Midcoast Maine TR

Bridge Street Bistrot and Wine Bar – Portsmouth
We timed our arrival to coincide with the nightly happy hour. We started off at the first floor wine bar by ordering a pair of merlots and an appetizer of mussels muscadet (PEI mussels steamed with herbs, garlic, tomatoes and white wine). Our server offered to serve us dinner as well, but we declined in favor of the upstairs dining room. As she mentioned, in either case she would be serving us.
We ordered additional glasses of wine while we perused the menu. Ann selected the daily provencal with king whiting which sounds more inviting than hake as it better known. The fish was roasted along with asparagus, capers, garlic, tomatoes, lemon, white wine and olive oil. I chose a seafood stew with gulf shrimp, salmon, hake, sea scallops and PEI mussels in a red pepper, tomato, lobster and saffron laced bouillon. My entree also included potatoes, carrots and green beans plus aioli and rouille canapes. The seafood in both dishes was perfectly cooked so it was flavorful and moist. I used a 50% off a 2nd entree coupon that I found on the restaurant's website. ($92.12, 4.5 Forks)

Aug 30, 2014
westie in Northern New England

Midcoast Maine TR

3 Crow – Rockland

We stopped in for the modest happy hour at this restaurant that shares ownership with 40 Paper in Camden. Drink prices are reduced by a mere $2 and appetizers are totally excluded. Is it any wonder why 40 Paper enjoys a lively crow while we were two of only 5 people at the bar during our visit.

Aug 30, 2014
westie in Northern New England

Midcoast Maine TR

Conte's 1894 – Rockland

After a long trek from 3 Crow, we arrived at Conte's though it was difficult to be certain as it is located in a residential area with little signage. The only menu is hand written on a board at the entry way and largely illegible. A kindly server provided assistance explaining one chooses a protein and then a sauce since all dishes are served over pasta. My wife ordered salmon with a gorgonzola, garlic and oil sauce. I requested scallops with sausage, after being told I could not order scallops straight up, with a spicy sauce of garlic, olive oil and I believe a touch of marinara.

In lieu of fine linen tablecloths, the eccentric owner/chef provides newspapers with a bowl of salad and basket of in-house baked bread with each table setting. We opted for glasses of wine with choices apparently limited to red or white, each being approximately 8 ounces. The dressed salad was primarily of romaine lettuce with some tomato chunks topped with a little white cabbage that I intially took as cheese. Our in house baked bread was overdone so little was consumed.

Another server brought our entrees and said Conte did not want me to have the requested sauce so he substituted marinara. Both entrees included copious amounts of pasta and seafood. Many minutes into my meal I received a smaller plate that included 7 more scallops plus sausage in the sauce I originally requested. Conte prepared it for comparison purposes and he was right, it was better with the marinara sauce.

It is unlikely anyone short of Joey “Jaws” Chestnut could finish a meal at Conte's so we observed a steady stream of patrons exiting with freezer bags full of pasta. This evening proved to be a one of a kind dining experience that we will not be repeating. ($75.25, 2.5 Forks)

Aug 30, 2014
westie in Northern New England

Midcoast Maine TR

Wasses Hot Dogs – Rockland

There always seems to be a line when we visit but service at the window is pretty fast. These hot dogs come on a grilled New England style roll to which we added mustard, relish and grilled onions. The quality and flavor were very good and you can count on them being fresh. ($4, 3 Buns)

Aug 30, 2014
westie in Northern New England

Midcoast Maine TR

40 Paper – Camden

No visit to this area would be complete without one or more visits during 4-6PM happy hour that includes ½ off drinks and $5 appetizers. Our first visit fell on a Friday so the bar and patio were both crowded with locals though we managed to find seats at the bar. My wife ordered a pesca (bourbon, fresh lemon and basil, brown sugar, peach bitters and seltzer) while I sort comfort in a Moscow Mule. Hers was a winner, mine was disappointing when compared to the ones served by same duo of bartenders last year. On the second round we both requested pescas along with an order of arancini that were delicious. ($34.10, 3.5 Forks)

On our second visit, my wife chose the pesca while I opted for a ginger (liqueur) cilantro margarita. Round two included a cab/merlot blend for the lady and Festina Peche, a white ale brewed with peaches brewed by Dogfish Head Brewery for her escort. We were undecided between two appetizers so both were ordered - stuffed baby artichokes with goat cheese and pancetta plus a roasted beet with goat cheese and caramelized onion flatbread. Both titillated our taste buds. ($36.05, 4 Forks)

Aug 30, 2014
westie in Northern New England

Midcoast Maine TR

Valentina Coastal Maine Kitchen - Camden

The owner warmly greeted us at the door and led us to a corner table. Dave, our server, started us off with some foccacia and a delicious olive tapenade. We decided to fore-go entrees in favor of shared small plates starting off with a salad of spring vegetables that included slivers of grilled green and white asparagus, snap and sugar peas, marinated ricotta crumbles, assorted cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs dressed lightly with a vinaigrette. Next we ordered seared Bay of Fundy scallops with a celery root puree, spiced mirpoix and bacon juice as well as sweet glazed locally raised pork skewers with an apple dressed radicchio coleslaw. We savored each and every bite because portion size was ridiculously small given the high menu prices. We found the staff to be very cordial and well trained.
($44.88, 4 Forks)

Aug 30, 2014
westie in Northern New England

Midcoast Maine TR

Laugh Loud Smile Big - Rockport

This bakery off Route 90 specializes in cupcakes. On entering we noted the tables were piled high with pink boxes that were destined for 3 different wedding receptions to be held that day. Since we were not on anyone's guest list, we purchased a pair of cupcakes, a salted caramel and a white wedding lemon curd which we grudgingly shared at an outside picnic table. ($4.50, 4 Forks)

Aug 30, 2014
westie in Northern New England

Midcoast Maine TR

Long Grain - Camden

Dinner, yes we still had room, was at the nearby Long Grain, an excellent Thai restaurant requiring advance reservations. We were tardy in making ours because no one there seems to answer the phone, so we were seated at the counter. Not a problem though a back-up in the kitchen developed causing us to wait approximately 45 minutes for our entrees to arrive. My wife ordered pad seaw (sweet soy stir fry with chicken, organic kale and flat noodles). I countered with pad kemao, aka drunken noodles (spicy stir fried pork belly with Thai basil, mushrooms, organic kale and flat noodles). I am not sure if the noodles were hand pulled in-house or not, but both dishes were excellent though the kale was difficult to chew. ($34.16, 4.5 Forks)

Aug 30, 2014
westie in Northern New England

Midcoast Maine TR

Dunton's Dog House – Boothbay Harbor

Parking seems to always be a problem but we patiently waited for a space to open up. My wife and I each ordered a hot dog with mustard, relish and chopped onions. These were smaller, slightly more expensive and not as good as those served at Wasses. ($6, 2.5 Forks)

Aug 30, 2014
westie in Northern New England

Midcoast Maine TR

Thistle Inn – Boothbay Harbor

The best happy hour in Boothbay Harbor is held nightly from 5-6PM in the Thistle Inn's Dory Pub so we set off walking from the our hotel in a round about fashion via the footbridge to the east side of the harbor. We arrived about 10 minutes early, but there were already a few locals waiting for the door to open. Sasha was once again behind the bar serving up drinks so we ordered our usual chocolate mint mojitos only to learn the chocolate mint crop failed this year. Not to be denied, we ordered traditional mojitos that turned out to be fairly ordinary. An order of PEI mussels in white wine, tomato and onion sauce accompanied by grilled bread turned out to be both both generous and delicious though the bellies, the mussels, not mine, were on the small size. My wife's second drink was a Pennywise pinot noir while I chose a Daniel Gehrs cabernet – hers was okay, mine was full bodied, delicious and a veritable steal at the $4 per glass happy hour price. ($33.08, 4 Forks)

Aug 30, 2014
westie in Northern New England

Midcoast Maine TR

Thistle Inn - Boothbay Harbor

We have now timed the walk to the Thistle Inn from our hotel so when the chimes sounded at 4:50PM we were on our way. On entering we disappointed to find it was Sasha's day off, but Ryan proved to be a capable though far less attractive back-up. We ordered a total of 3 glasses of Daniel Gehrs cabernet sauvignon with me breaking ranks on the second round by ordering a cocktail, the name of which escaped me, that included muddled cucumber and lemon rind.

Aug 30, 2014
westie in Northern New England

Midcoast Maine TR

Thistle Inn - Boothbay Harbor

On our 3rd evening in town, we dragged our sorry bodies off the bed and headed to Thistle in at 4:45PM. Ryan was again manning the dory and he announced that we now honorary members of his crew. My wife started off with a blueberry lemonade martini with me countering with a pomegranate martini. We also devoured an order of crab cakes that included very little filler. These proved to as pleasing to the palate as to our pupils. Our next round included glasses of Daniel Gehrs cabernet sauvignon and orders of Cobb salad with balsamic vinegar dressing. The salads were beautifully plated with parallel rows of baby greens, hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, avocado, bacon, blue cheese and grilled chicken. ($79.04, 4 Forks)

Aug 30, 2014
westie in Northern New England

Midcoast Maine TR

Ports of Italy – Boothbay Harbor

Our choice for dinner this evening was what is arguably the best restaurant in Boothbay, Ports of Italy. We held a reservation at this northern Italian restaurant and were seated in a booth by the maitre d cum owner. I was surprised how large this 2nd floor restaurant was since it appears much smaller when viewed from the street. We requested glasses of Ramsay cabernet while we read the menu. Shortly thereafter we were served warm crusty bread along with an olive oil/balsamic vinegar dipping sauce and a pair of fresh tomato/basil canapes.

For an entree my wife choose tagelieri alle vongole (house made angel hair pasta with local (farm raised?) little necks, garlic, white wine and olive oil). I was tempted to try the porchetta, but finally settled on chitarucci neri frutti di mare (house made black ink pasta topped with (6) mussels, (4) little neck clams, (1) medium size shrimp, (1) scallop and squid.  I should have brought a few leftover scallops from Conte's.   We took a pass on salads in favor of a very blah tasting contorni of spinach with garlic and Parmesan cheese.  Prices are on the high side, but food quality is very good as was the service. ($89.76, 4.5 Forks)

Aug 30, 2014
westie in Northern New England

Midcoast Maine TR

Fisherman's Wharf Restaurant – Boothbay Harbor

We dined at our hotel solely because I had an old restaurant.com certificate that management agreed to accept though they no longer participate in the program. We opted to dine on the outside patio since the weather was perfect. My wife ordered an entree of 3 mini crab cakes with aioli plus boiled red potatoes and coleslaw. I opted for the twin soft shelled lobsters ($21.99) special that included coleslaw, but no tatas. We enjoyed both entrees though neither scaled any culinary heights. Service was good.
($27.46, 2.5 Forks)

Aug 30, 2014
westie in Northern New England

Midcoast Maine TR

Red Cup Cafe – Boothbay Harbor

After a morning spent hiking around the Ovens Mouth Preserve, we were looking for somewhere close to our hotel to have lunch and almost immediately spotted this restaurant. It is very casual and family friendly with a few kids playing in a raised area set aside for them. We decided to share a curry chicken salad wrap that featured fresh ingredients. ($9.67, 3 Forks)

Aug 30, 2014
westie in Northern New England

Midcoast Maine TR

Downeast Ice Cream Factory – Boothbay Harbor

We made 2 visits ordering 4 single scoop cones of ice cream of 3 flavors. Bailey Island, Chocolate Lovers and jamocha. All proved to be delicious.

Aug 30, 2014
westie in Northern New England

Midcoast Maine TR

I had intended to post in approximate chronological order the dining notes and photos taken during a recent trip from central CT to Rockport and than to Boothbay Harbor, but ended up doing the opposite. I apologize, but I don't have the time to make all the necessary changes. Trying reading it upside down. LOL
Hopefully some of you will still be able to get some benefit.

Welly's Restaurant – Marlborough

On our way up to Maine we made a brief stop for lunch. I noticed a few trophies for best clam chowder were on display in the entry way so we both ordered a bowl of New England chowdah that proved to be creamy, but largely devoid of any clam flavor. In retrospect, I derived a modicum of comfort knowing we now have experienced Marlborough's finest. ($14.73, 2.5 out of a possible 5)

Aug 30, 2014
westie in Northern New England

Asian Restaurant (Broad St., Middletown, CT)

Here is a link to the restaurant's website

http://www.asianrestaurantct.com/

Aug 29, 2014
westie in Southern New England

Rosemary's Cafe -- Vegas

Rosemary's Restaurant No Longer Headed Downtown

http://vegas.eater.com/archives/2014/...

Aug 13, 2014
westie in Las Vegas

Critique my mid coast maine itinerary

Again - thank you. I only wish we had more time to try new and old, but it comes down to too little time - too many choices. I decide to keep our reservation for Fresh and will post a mini review.

Aug 09, 2014
westie in Northern New England

Critique my mid coast maine itinerary

MDC - thanks for quick response, I have now switched out Atlantica in favor of Good Company. Ditto Blue Sky in favor of 3 Crow.

Graffam Bros is a food trailer located near the co's seafood market. It is near where we are staying so I thought it would be a good place to get a quick cup of chowder should the need arise.

We called Long Grain 4 times for a reservation without getting through and finally decided it wasn't worth the hassle.

Fresh has an interesting menu and seems to be getting good reviews on yelp and tripadvisor. What was your problem with your dining experience?

Again, your suggestions are very welcomed.

Aug 09, 2014
westie in Northern New England

Critique my mid coast maine itinerary

My wife and I will be spending a week along the Maine coast starting next Wednesday. I would appreciate any comments or suggested alternatives to my dining/drinking itinerary.

8/13 Driving up to Portsmouth from central Ct with plans for drinks and dinner at Bridge Street Bistrot.

8/14 Breakfast at motel included. Interim stops at Ogunquit (Marginal Way) and Rachel Carson NWR on way to Rockport. Possible snack/lunch at either Treats or Larson's Lunchbox depending on the timing.

Happy Hour at Blue Sky Cantina with dinner at Atlantica. Would Conte's for dinner (or possibly Claws) and happy hour at 3 Crow be better choices?

Note: We usually dine at Long Grain and In Good Company when in the Camden area, but I decided to try a few different restaurants.

8/15 Breakfast at motel included. Chowder at Graffam Bros followed by a cupcake at Laugh Loud Smile Big. Happy Hour at 40 Paper Co followed by dinner at Valentina Coastal Maine Kitchen.

8/16 Breakfast at Salt Water Farm. Visit Camden Farmers market for fresh fruit and/or snack. Happy Hour at 40 Paper Co followed by dinner at Fresh.

8/17 Breakfast at motel included. Travel to Boothbay Harbor. We will be celebrating our anniversary starting off with happy hour at Thistle Inn followed by dinner at Taste of Italy.

8/18 Breakfast at motel. Happy Hour and dinner at Thistle Inn.
Dessert at Downeast Ice Cream.

8/19 Breakfast at motel. Lunch at Bets. Happy Hour at Kaler's followed by dinner at Robinson's Wharf.

8/20 Breakfast at motel and then we hit the road for home.

Any help you can provide will be appreciated - thanks.

Aug 08, 2014
westie in Northern New England

upcoming Mid Coast visit, need update

Thanks for the update. I am going to give Valentina a try on the 15th.

Aug 07, 2014
westie in Northern New England

upcoming Mid Coast visit, need update

A new lobster shack type of restaurant has opened in Rockland this year. Claws, located at 743 Main Street is open daily from 11-9P. There is a hard to read menu posted on its facebook page that features a $16 lobster roll, as well as a $15.95 twin lobster special.

https://www.facebook.com/clawsinc

Aug 04, 2014
westie in Northern New England

South Point Breakfast Buffet

No scallops at breakfast and the blueberries are indeed frozen. The South Point's huevos rancheros are ready-made but I assemble my own version by asking the cook in the Mexican area to top the easy over eggs with rancheros sauce.

Aug 02, 2014
westie in Las Vegas