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Eventide Oyster Bar/Portland, Maine

Yes, proceed cautiously at Eventide. We will try Cafe Momo the next time we are through Manchester! Thanks!

Oct 11, 2012
fiddler in Northern New England

Eventide Oyster Bar/Portland, Maine

Thanks for your thoughts on Eventide. We'll try fluke if we wander past there again.
And yes, the Japanese style steamed bun, think is a bad choice for a lobster roll...visually very unappealing!!!!...tho, granted, probably better with lovely fried oysters sitting in it! Glad you had an excellent meal the other day! I know it takes new restaurants a while to get it together....too bad it wasn't on our night there!!!! I hope Eventide gets it together on a nightly basis....that would be a good thing!

Oct 10, 2012
fiddler in Northern New England

Eventide Oyster Bar/Portland, Maine

Absolutely!!! We went to Eventide after reading the review in a recent DownEast Magazine.....boy, did they get it wrong, eh?

Oct 10, 2012
fiddler in Northern New England

Little Pie, Big let down

Hey from W. 43rd Street, NYC. I live on the block and I was one of the first customers to The Little Pie Shop when in opened, how many years ago....20? 25??? For years they did a great job, but as time has gone by I've seen a significant loss of quality in their pies. Their prices are out of control ($7.50 now for a 5 inch pumpkin pie)....and, quite honestly, they are just not worth the money. My suggestion: learn how to make a great pie crust and make your own....I'm so tempted around Thanksgiving to xerox my recipes and go down to the line in front of the pie shop and pass them out!!! If I have time this year I just might do it!!!! Much better pie in Brooklyn...in NYC Blue Smoke has decent pie...go there and order for Thanskgiving if you can't make your own!!!!

Oct 10, 2012
fiddler in Manhattan

Eventide Oyster Bar/Portland, Maine

We've dined at just about every 'hot spot' in Portland over the last 15 years and were anxious to try Eventide after reading 'great' things about this restaurant, which is next door to Hugo's. I must admit that the oysters were exceptional..we started with a 1/2 dozen assortment and loved every one. After that, a light dinner for us: Lobster roll and clam chowder for me, and Ed had their 'special' mussel salad and then the Lobster Stew.

The lobster roll came out first....sorry Ed. I was startled to notice that the lobster was sitting in what looked like a raw doughy hot dog shaped roll.....I touched it and it was warm....took a bite and the bread tasted just as raw and uncooked as it looked...and the lobster in roll was just barely firm...a wee bit raw for me. Clam chowder arrived next...(still nothing for the husband)....the chowder was creamy and nicely flavored, there were clams and potatoes and then there were big pieces of what looked like undercooked sliced bacon ....could this be possible? Didn't eat the bacon....(I always fry bacon when making chowder, use the pan drippings to saute the onions and flavor the base...then put a bit of the fried bacon on top of the chowder before I serve it.....but at Eventide not one bit of crispness to that bacon...they probably just threw the slices into the pot for the 'boil'.....geeish, at least trim off all that unappealing fat for goodness sake!)

Ed finally got his mussel salad....he was unimpressed. Kind of boring. Lobster stew finally came out. It had the same base that was in my chowder but with a slightly red color (lobster......where?)...alas, the lobster stew had not one piece of lobster in it, let alone a potato or anything else one might think would be in a 'stew'. He mentioned it to the waitress who brought it back into the kitchen, then right back out explaining the chef makes the lobster stew without the actual pieces of lobster and he forgot to put some in before serving (oh, did he forget to cook the roll for lobster roll as well and the bacon in the chowder?) Anyway, the small handful of greasy looking lobster was now sitting in Ed's lobster stew, looking like it had been drenched in butter...perhaps that portion was suppose to go into the next 'butter coated' lobster roll, which is one of their lobster roll dressings.

So, it was not even about having dessert at this stage of the game. Yummy oysters....but please, Eventide...pay attention!!!!! Each time the kitchen door opened we saw 'men in black' shirts standing around....get to work in there!!!!

Oct 10, 2012
fiddler in Northern New England

Little Pie, Big let down

Little Pie Shop ...43rd Street.....getting worse by the minute. Yes, they are big on micro-waving pie....which is a huge no-no for anything with a pastry crust (as any baker knows)...and they now are charging $7.50 for the little 5 inch pies, which are all crust with no filling. Really disgraceful. Heck, it's just pie...flour, crisco, minimal fruit. They should be ashamed of robbing people blind! I've been loyal customer for as long as they've been in the neighborhood . No longer....I will stop being lazy, buy my snacks elsewhere and return to making my own pies; and advise all my friends that I have sent there over the years to do the same! Next Thanksgiving I plan to stand in front of the shop and hand out my pecan pie and pumpkin pie recipes to all those baking impaired people!

Feb 09, 2008
fiddler in Manhattan

Best food - Deer Isle/Stonington

Get away from the fried food that you find everywhere on Deer Isle and head for Cockatoo on Oceanville Road. The small restaurant/takeout/fish store has won out with us for the past two summers. Delicious everything. As we were leaving Deer Isle this summer we learned the owner/chef at Cockatoo is opening another restaurant in what was the Goose Cove Lodge Restaurant (on the other side of Deer Isle, Goose Cove Road?)....with a larger, more varied menu. We dined at the old Goose Cove Restuarant two summers ago and it was...boring, boring, boring. Cockatoo can only be a huge improvement to the old restaurant. We wish Susan the best of luck the new venture and were impressed with the young new chef we met this summer while at the original restaurant.

Aug 24, 2007
fiddler in All New England Archive

Bad Lobster/bad food..Castine, Maine

Ah, beautiful Castine, Maine....wonderful little town...looking for a quick lunch....found a really bad one: Denetts on the Wharf....the most disgusting Lobster Roll (at $17.95) /food/everything we've ever had.....served with rancid potato chips...disgusting. So, now we know: If you're on a tight schedule or have kids in tow you'll find good food at the Variety Store on the corner..but you'll have to fight the locals for a place in line....and don't forget to get a few of the best homemade whoopie pies in the state! We left Castine wishing we had just had lunch at Pearl Oyster Bar back home in NYC. Pearl's lobster roll in the Castine setting would have been heaven on earth!

Aug 24, 2007
fiddler in All New England Archive

Cuban Food

Yikes, we hit Victors Cuban Cafe on 55th Street last night. What a disappointment!!!! We had such fond memories of the Victors on Columbus Avenue, which closed years ago...but thought maybe this will be just as good.

Alas, a waste of time and money. Horrible food, horrible service, loud pre-theatre crowd.
The roast sucking pig was absolutely horrible, the black beans and white rice was a mound of grey/dark grey rice, obviously having been mixed together perhaps days ago....the bread was stale and our drinks had barely a taste of rum.

Avoid this place!!!! Go to Havanna Central instead...great Mojito's, really good roast pork!!!

May 16, 2007
fiddler in Manhattan