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New in Portland area; need suggestions!

I posted the following last night under a different title. Thought I'd try again...

I moved to Peaks Island off Portland last weekend with my 2 pre-teen kids. I've been combing the New England board looking for info on food in Portland.

I am looking for recs for very casual good seafood places in and around Portland. An old Chowhound recommendation for lobster and steamers (Newicks in So. Portland) is now moot since they closed that location. Any newcomers?

I'd also love suggestions for really good, authentic clam chowder. I like the real old-school, thin, milky kind. I'm apalled by all the chowders out there that contain flour! Or way too much cream. Or veggies other than potatoes and onions. Just gimme some good, simple, briny chowder and I'll be happy. Any suggestions?

Also, any other general suggestions--but nothing upscale. I find those are easy to find out about, and I'm a poor, single mother anyway and save those places for once a year birthday dinners. Just some good places for deli, burgers, Chinese (does good Chinese exist up here?), Thai, Italian, breakfast, etc.

Thanks, all!

J.

May 12, 2008
JemB in All New England Archive

Just moved to Peaks Island, need suggestions

Thanks so much, Lady. The Lobster Shack at 2 Lights--is that in Portland?

I'll definitely check out Bangkok Thai. Thanks again!

May 12, 2008
JemB in All New England Archive

Just moved to Peaks Island, need suggestions

Thanks, Patti, for your suggestions. Single parenthood isn't new, and should be even better on Peaks! Thanks again.

May 12, 2008
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Just moved to Peaks Island, need suggestions

Thanks, Dins. I'm already pretty familiar with all the options on Peaks itself. I was really looking for food options in Portland or nearby areas.

Thanks, though, and good luck!

May 12, 2008
JemB in All New England Archive

Just moved to Peaks Island, need suggestions

I moved to Peaks Island off Portland last weekend with my 2 pre-teen kids. I've been combing the New England board looking for info on food in Portland.

I am looking for recs for very casual good seafood places in and around Portland. An old Chowhound recommendation for lobster and steamers (Newicks in So. Portland) is now moot since they closed that location. Any newcomers?

I'd also love suggestions for really good, authentic clam chowder. I like the real old-school, thin, milky kind. I'm apalled by all the chowders out there that contain flour! Or way too much cream. Or veggies other than potatoes and onions. Just gimme some good, simple, briny chowder and I'll be happy. Any suggestions?

Also, any other general suggestions--but nothing upscale. I find those are easy to find out about, and I'm a poor, single mother anyway and save those places for once a year birthday dinners. Just some good places for deli, burgers, Chinese (does good Chinese exist up here?), Thai, Italian, breakfast, etc.

Thanks, all!

J.

May 11, 2008
JemB in All New England Archive

Unique wedding venue?

This was ages and ages ago (over 20 years!), but my sister got married at the New England Aquarium. The ceremony was in a tent out back right on Boston Harbor, then the reception was in the actual aquarium, with full access to the guests. It was really a fun, striking place to have a party. And the photo opportunities were great! I think the Aquarium had their own caterer, but I think I remember the food was very good. Among other things, my sister requested a raw seafood station which was excellent. Though we all felt slightly guilty enjoying eating the seafood surrounded by its relatives!

Mar 25, 2008
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Smoked Haddock?

Some great suggestions. I'll check Formaggio and the Fishmonger first. For Christmas brunch my mother traditionally makes what we call Finnan Haddie (I know the fish itself is called that, but she calls the recipe by that name: she poaches the smoked haddock in milk, then serves it flaked with a white sauce over mashed potatoes and with halved hard-boiled eggs. Yum!). But she's finding it harder and harder to find the smoked haddock. She'll be thrilled with these suggestions. Thanks, everyone!

Jemma

Dec 14, 2007
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Smoked Haddock?

Anyone know where I can buy smoked haddock? I'd prefer a store in the area (Cambridge, Arlington, etc.), but even online if it's reliable is OK. Any ideas? Thanks, all!

Jemma

Dec 12, 2007
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Qingdao--but not spicy?

Thanks, litchick & BJK. I'll be calling them in just a few minutes to order. Can't wait!

J.B.

Jul 06, 2007
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Qingdao--but not spicy?

Thanks, caper25!

Jul 06, 2007
JemB in Greater Boston Area

Qingdao--but not spicy?

I admit, I'm an awful wimp. I'm wondering what recommendations you all have for non-spicy food at Quingdao. I live about 2 minutes from it, over the town line in Arlington, but I've never been. I'd like to try, but I have a very low tolerance for hot/spicy stuff. Suggestions? Thanks!

Jul 06, 2007
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Weeknight Special @ Scutra

I have to confess I've never been to Scutra, though I live in Arlington. But I was just looking at their website and saw that they're having a weeknight special (Mon-Thurs) through the end of summer: 3 courses for $21.99, any choice off the menu.

I think I might have to get myself over there.

Jun 25, 2007
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Who has the BEST baked (read desserts, cakes, pastries) goods within 100 miles of Boston?

My mother told me that, when she was in high school--a private school for rich Irish-American debs on Rte. 9--in the mid to late 1950s, a bunch of girls would all pile into one girl's VW Bug (a brand, new novelty then) and drive down to New Paris for all the cream puffs they could afford, then bring them back for all their friends. Love that story.

Jun 25, 2007
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Teeny Sandwich Rolls?

Went to Iggy's before work today (can't believe I didn't know where it was! 5 minutes from my house!) and got a half dozen teeny little brioches and a half dozen cranberry pecan rolls. Mmmm. Can't wait to eat them with the roast chicken, cranberry sauce, and goat cheese.

Just as I finished paying, the clerk showed me a bag of itsy-bitsy little rolls--she said they were croissants though they didn't look like the texture of croissants. They were coated in sesame seeds and were baked quite dark golden brown. They were about an inch and a half across. They had some cute little name that I can't remember. I might have gotten those if I had seen them sooner.

Again, thanks, hounds!

Jemma

Dec 21, 2006
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Teeny Sandwich Rolls?

Lots of fab suggestions, everyone! Thanks, all. I think I'll definitely check Iggy's out--maybe even go before work on Thursday. Thanks again!

Dec 19, 2006
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Teeny Sandwich Rolls?

Lots of fab suggestions, everyone! Thanks, all. I think I'll definitely check Iggy's out--maybe even go before work on Thursday. Thanks again!

Dec 19, 2006
JemB in Greater Boston Area

Teeny Sandwich Rolls?

Thanks, Finlero! Ashamed to admit--but where is Iggy's? I thought it was in Watertown.

Dec 18, 2006
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Teeny Sandwich Rolls?

I'm celebrating Chanukah for the first time this year and hosting my mother and sisters (along with my young kids) for a very casual, family supper and candle-lighting this Thursday. Along with latkes and salad, I was thinking I'd like to make little sandwiches of roast chicken, cranberry sauce, and goat cheese. I pictured them being on very small rolls--2 or 3 inches across?--and don't want to deal with making them myself. I live in Arlington and work in Cambridge. Any suggestions where I can get ahold of little rolls? Thanks!

Dec 18, 2006
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Breakfast Places (Arlington, Belmont, Lexington, Cambridge Area)

I know it's too late for your 10/29 breakfast with the folks, but the Classic Cafe in Arlington Heights is very good. They have an insanely huge omelette menu and all the rest of the breakfast regulars. It's very kid-friendly there--I've been going there for many years with my now-11 and 9 years olds. The staff is very warm and friendly, and the food is very good. My only quibble--and it's just a matter of personal taste--is they deliver toast to the table unbuttered, European-style, so that it's not as hot as it should be to allow the butter to properly melt, resulting in slightly hard, cool toast with visible butter smeared on it. They offer a real Irish breakfast, complete with blood pudding and grilled tomatoes. I haven't tried the blood pudding, but I've heard it's good. It's on Mass. Ave., across from Somthing Savory.

Nov 01, 2006
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All Star Sandwiches

Went to All Star today for the first time. I've really been anticipating it eagerly, but today was my first chance to go.

I ordered the pastrami--one of my all-time fave foods--anticipating real deli pastrami.

Yuck! When he brought my order, I actually told him it wasn't what I ordered--I thought it was corned beef! It was thick and red and in kind of shards. It tasted nothing like any pastrami I've ever had--NYC or Brookline or anywhere. Though it was actually hard to taste anything since it was awash in waves of hot mustard. So hot I couldn't eat it.

The german-style potato salad was lousy, too. Way too salty, and the potatoes were undercooked.

Even the pickle sucked. I thought--paying a buck fifty for something that I expect as a free side--I'd get a good quality, half-sour deli pickle. No, this was yellowy and flabby, like it had been in some huge, industrial size jar for years.

I ate less than half the sandwich and couldn't eat any more. I left very, very disappointed--and hungry.

The service was excellent, and I appreciated the free lemonade refills. But I won't be going back.

Oct 14, 2006
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All Star Sandwich Bar lived up the hype

Yeah, but how's the pastrami?

Sep 07, 2006
JemB in Greater Boston Area