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Kaffe VonSolln in Portsmouth.

Oct 20, 2013
pbanjo in Northern New England

Lobster Roll....again

4 Mile Lobster in Cape Neddick. It's my new favorite lobster roll in Maine.

Sep 25, 2013
pbanjo in Northern New England

Portsmouth NH this weekend

Just posted a long summary of my trip to Portsmouth last week in the other current Portsmouth thread. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/812779

Oct 26, 2011
pbanjo in Northern New England

Portsmouth, NH Oct 27-30 Thurs-Sun

I was in Portsmouth last weekend. Arrived on Saturday night and downtown was a zoo so we headed over to Kittery (warning Rt 1 bridge is closed - use bypass). Contrary to many reviews I wanted to try Warren's Lobster House but it was absolutely mobbed. We ended up at Bob's Clam Hut by the outlets and I was pleasantly surprised. It wasn't the best seafood shack I have eaten at but it was far from the worst and I thought the prices were reasonable, especially the kid's meals.
For your brunch meal I would highly recommend The River House. We didn't plan on having brunch there but we arrived at 1 PM and they were still serving off of the brunch menu. I had the short rib hash and can honestly say it was the best hash I have ever had. Different, but very good. My wife's spinach salad came with a fantastic avocado ranch dressing. Daughter got seafood chowder that was superb (though very thick) as was the lobster artichoke dip. The kids loved the tater tots (yes they are lowbrow). They serve them in a fancy cone-shaped cup with a tasty smoked ketchup. We were so satisfied that we didn't feel hungry until after 8PM. Grabbed a few slices of pizza at The Upper Crust on Congress street. They are a small Boston chain that is expanding but I thought it was among the best thin crust pizzas I have eaten. It was quiet there on a Sunday night but the staff was cheerful and friendly. Kid's also loved it. Grabbed two cupcakes at the Portsmouth Baking Company down the street afterwards. The place was exceptionally clean, the cupcakes very good, and even though she was ready to close the woman who took care of us was very nice.
Monday lunch was at Geno's Chowder and Sandwich Shop on Mechanic Street. For me this was probably the best meal of the trip. The place is not fancy but it is right on the water in an out of they way spot and the chowders (all three) were top notch. Daughter had clam chowder, wife had lobster (stew actually) and I had fish. It was tied for the best fish chowder I have ever tasted (the other being the Boothbay Fire Department's at the Fall Festival in Boothbay 2008.) Wife's lobster roll was very good. You can ask for it to be served with butter or mayo. My crab roll was good but not extraordinary. Once again the staff (all family I believe) were very friendly. All of the desserts are made in house and were good, especially the whoopie pie. For dinner we went to The Portsmouth Brewery. Again, a great meal. Monday they serve a vegetarian moussaka that I loved. Had it with a pumpkin ale that was almost as good as the Shipyard pumpkin I had at The River House the day before. Wife had stellar crab cakes. Had the flat bread appetizer (toppings change daily). Don't remember what the kid's had but we all left very happy. My only complaint is that the place is somewhat noisy.
Wow! I apologize for rambling on but Portsmouth was the best food destination I have visited in quite some time. I almost forgot, we had ice cream at Annabelle's on Ceres St. Sorry to sound like a recording but it was also excellent. Come to think of it we were not disappointed with anything we ate or the service the entire trip. For me that is quite unusual. Can't wait to get back to Portsmouth.

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Portsmouth Brewery
56 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Bob's Clam Hut
RR 1, Kittery, ME 03904

Warren's Lobster House
11 Water St, Kittery, ME 03904

Oct 26, 2011
pbanjo in Northern New England

Where to stop along Rt. 100...?

Dot's was a casualty of hurricane Irene, as was most of the downtown of Wilmington. It will be greatly missed. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear to be financially feasible for the owners to rebuild. Most of the details can be found on Roadfood.

Oct 13, 2011
pbanjo in Northern New England

dinner recs for North Conway

Every time I visit I eat at The Moat Mountain Smokehouse. I haven't had the same meal twice and have yet to be disappointed. Everything is made in-house (including the fantastic garlic pickles) but I'm not sure how much of the food is locally sourced. Judging from the care they take with the food I would guess that they try to use local producers. They brew beer on site as well.

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Moat Mountain Smokehouse
3378 White Mountain Hwy North, Conway, NH

Aug 19, 2010
pbanjo in Northern New England

best breakfast in north conway on a sunday? & north conway to portland, ME; what's good?

My wife and I have been weekending for years in North Conway and I have always been underwhelmed by Peaches. The Stairway Cafe is small but very good, especially if you like a "crunchier" atmosphere. Last time we visited we found Priscilla's and had a great breakfast. The staff is so over the top friendly my kids thought they were eating at Grandma's house. My wife's breakfast sandwich was excellent. I had the asparagus melt and it was one of the best breakfasts I have ever eaten (that I didn't cook myself.)

Aug 17, 2010
pbanjo in Northern New England

Lobster Pounds near Brunswick Maine?

Five Islands is worth the trip. Excellent soft shell lobsters and a beautiful location. The shack next door also has daily fish specials if you want to try something else.

Jul 19, 2010
pbanjo in Northern New England

Ice Cream in New Hampshire?

Bishop's in Littleton is as good as you will find anywhere.

Apr 17, 2010
pbanjo in Northern New England

Lobster in Mystic area?

Capt. Scott's Lobster Dock opens March 25th. http://captscotts.com/ The setting is not as scenic as Abbott's but it is closer to Conn College and the food is as good or better. BTW I graduated from Conn in 1993 if you have any questions for an old alumnus.

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Captain Scott's
71 Tupper Rd, Sandwich, MA 02563

Mar 21, 2010
pbanjo in Southern New England

Need Pizza in North Conway/Attitash

I'll second Elvio's. Good no nonsense pizza. Service at Flatbread has been terrible the two times I have been to the point that I won't likely return.

Feb 04, 2010
pbanjo in Northern New England

North Conway Dinner

Last time I was up with the wife and kids we tried Moat Mtn. BBQ. I was shocked (pleasantly) by the quality of our meal. My wife got some type of seasoned chicken that was excellent. My son (3yr old) has a flatbread from the appetizer menu that was better than any pizza I've had in the past year. My daughter got the hamburger from the kid's menu that was among the best I've ever eaten and was easily large enough to meal for an adult. Her french fries were top notch as well. I was the only one who got BBQ. My shredded pork was good, but the mashed potatoes might have been the most memorable item on my plate. I mean that in a good way. The pork was fine, not great, but good. The potatoes, however, were fantastic. Even the garlic pickle that came with my wife's chicken was exceptional. I forgot to ask our waitress where they came from. The next day I bought a jar at Zeb's Country Store that were made just across the border in Maine (Micheal's maybe?) but they were not nearly as good. If anyone knows the brand Moat Mtn. uses please post for me.
The other restaurant I always have a good meal at is Jonathan's seafood south of town. Not very fancy but it has never disappointed us. They have better lobster pie than the Maine Diner. Really.

Feb 18, 2009
pbanjo in All New England Archive

Greenwich New York

Not nearly as good as JT Bakers.

Sep 22, 2008
pbanjo in General Tristate Archive

Lunch with mom in / around Bennington

There are two great places to eat in Bennington for lunch. Izabella's is one of my favorite lunch spots. They serve a variety of unusual sandwiches using almost entirely local ingredients. Right around the corner from Izabella's is a new fish & chips shop called Little Britain. No nonsense tradition English grub. I haven't been disappointed at either place yet (and I don't expect I will be).

Aug 22, 2008
pbanjo in All New England Archive

New fish & chip shop in Bennington, VT

Stopped in Monday afternoon. Excellent fish and chips. I will be making this a regular stop when I am in Bennington.

Aug 12, 2008
pbanjo in All New England Archive

Bake Bean, Grange and Church dinners: Maine Coast

I, too, search out the local church dinners when traveling. I was in Maine last week but didn't hit any town on the right night. I did notice while in Wiscasset that the Episcopal church (about 100 yds. off of Rt. 1 on maybe Ridge St.?) is starting fish chowder dinners next week. I believe they are on Monday nights. Also saw a sign on the large church in Saco (not sure of the denomination) at the corner of Rt. 1 and the turn to Camp Ellis for bean suppers on Thursday nights, I think. Maybe some locals will chime in here with some help, but you could always call information and get some numbers of churches in the towns you are traveling through. Even if they aren't holding suppers the pastors you talk with will most likely be able to direct you to churches that are serving dinners.

Jul 15, 2008
pbanjo in All New England Archive

Recs Near Connecticut College?

Capt. Scott's Lobster Dock in New London. If you want seafood it's the best place around.

Jul 06, 2008
pbanjo in All New England Archive

Interstate 87 lunch spot

I'll second The Ripe Tomato. I also enjoy PJ's BBQ off of exit 13 whenever I'm in the area. http://www.pjsbarbq.com/

Jun 06, 2008
pbanjo in General Tristate Archive

favorite Maine lobster roll spots?

I'll second Phil's. He had a booth set up at the Foliage Festival in Boothbay last year and my wife and brother-in-law couldn't get enough of his "combination" rolls. They were a fraction of the price of the lobster rolls. I think they were a mix of crab, scallops, and shrimp. I'll never forget the look on my brother-in-law's face when he first bit into one. I don't think he was expecting much and he was very pleasantly surprised.

May 21, 2008
pbanjo in All New England Archive

Southwest NH Bakeries

Why not swing over to German Johns Bakery in Hillsborough? I always make it a stop on my way to Maine. I found it by accident when I stumbled across Hillsborough's Schnitzelfest a few years ago. Not to deter you from Grandma Miller's or Baba Louis, both of which excellent, but German John's is equally good and I think much closer for you. They have a website if you google it.

May 20, 2008
pbanjo in All New England Archive

Manchester, VT Recs Please

Perfect Wife is good. I would also recommend taking a short drive up Route 30 to The Dorset Inn.

Apr 27, 2008
pbanjo in All New England Archive

Poland, Gray area of Maine

I'll second Cole Farms. A great New England eatery. I'll go an hour out of my way when I'm in Maine to eat there.

Apr 13, 2008
pbanjo in All New England Archive

Mystic/Groton CT with high school kids?

If you mean the Sea View snack bar I wouldn't be overly thrilled. The prices are lower than the Sea Swirl down the road but there is a good reason why. The Sea View is mediocre on a good day.

Apr 06, 2008
pbanjo in All New England Archive

Mystic/Groton CT with high school kids?

I'm a big fan of Capt. Scott's Lobster Dock in New London. It's a bit tricky to find but much more reasonable than most Mystic area seafood shacks and every bit as good. Abbott's out in Noank is also good but more expensive and not any easier to find. The Sea Swirl in Mystic is good but very expensive. I'm not sure if any of these places are open yet.

Apr 04, 2008
pbanjo in All New England Archive

Trip to Portland/Freeport

Stopped in to Buck's Naked BBQ last trip to Freeport and I was not disappointed. If you are craving seafood head down to Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster. Not sure if it's open yet but it is one of my favorite stops in Maine.

Apr 03, 2008
pbanjo in All New England Archive

Name your favorite burger joint!

Finally made it to Rapid Rays in Saco, ME a few weeks ago. Good burgers and the price is right.

Mar 09, 2008
pbanjo in All New England Archive

Rte 100 Eats - Southern VT

Dot's in Wilmington, just off of Rt. 100 on Rt. 9, never disappoints. It's open for three meals a day, seven days a week.

Jan 08, 2008
pbanjo in Southern New England

Decent restaurants near Mount Snow? [Moved from Tristate Region board]

Head south to Wilmington. The White House is excellent for more upscale dining but I prefer Dot's. It's by the bridge in the center of town. There is a good write up on it on Roadfood. Almost everything they serve is very good, but the chili is overrated. I think it tastes like somebody jazzed up Hormel's.

Dec 27, 2007
pbanjo in All New England Archive

Road trip NYC to Okemo/lunch on Thanksgiving?

Dot's in Wilmington VT is also excellent. It's open for three meals a day seven days a week but I'm not sure about holidays. You are probably already on the road. Sorry I didn't catch you last night.

Nov 22, 2007
pbanjo in All New England Archive

Creme Fraiche or Sour Cream?

Make sure you heat the cream and then stir in the buttermilk. Let it sit in a loosely covered jar in a warm spot for a day. Far more buttery than yogurt or sour cream.

Nov 21, 2007
pbanjo in General Topics