My better Keg and I went to our favorite Chowhound destination (not a foodie destination) Conte's 1894 Restaurant for a huge pot full of one of our favorites, shrimp, mussels, scallops, and sweet Italian sausage over an olive oil, garlic with a bit of tomato sauced pasta. We love this place. We do not know of another place that gives one so much fresh, very fresh, seafood for such a reasonable price. We get a real kick out of the anti-foodie atmosphere; ramshackle old wharf building hanging out over the harbor, w/ the entrance barricaded w/ old lobster traps; the interior is old miss-matched tables and chairs covered w/ newspaper, with old wine bottles w/ lit candles. Walking in the front door, one immediately encounters a big green chalkboard with all the day's offerings listed in a very neat printing, all in caps. We quickly decided on the shrimp, mussels, scallops and sausage dish and since we were not greeted, continued to a water-side window, were quickly brought up short with a, "Hey! You're supposed to order at the Board!" We knew better and once the waitress saw who we were, backed off. We love the 2 waitress, they have been there forever and have "brass balls", take no guff, and do their jobs efficiently. We ordered and dug into a big crisp Romaine and tomato salad w/ house dressing and crunchy (over baked) focaccia. Before we finished the salad a huge, hot skillet arrived so smothered in seafood, we couldn't see the pasta. The mussels were plump and juicy, the shrimp large and tender, as well as the scallops. The sausage was was of goodly size, tender too and very flavorful w/out overpowering the seafood. We dug in w/ gusto. They only offer red or white wine (Corbett Canyon) and a selection of draft and bottled beers. Ms Keg had the red, and since we had a long drive home, I abstained w/ lemon water. They offer no apps and a limited but very tasty dessert menu. staks and pork chops for the carnivores amongst us.
The entre was $16, which we knew from past experience to split, and we had enough left over for dinner the following night. W/ wine and tip, a romantic feast was ahd for under for 30 bucks.
Now, for Anthony Bourdain. One of the reasons we made the pilgrimage to Conte's was that we read that "an Iron Chef" was buying Conte's. We found out from the waitress that the deal fell through, but did also find out that Anthony Bourdain was taking his show to Rockland in January and Conte's was his first stop. It is his his kind of place. Has anyone else heard the same or have more infoa about his visit to Maine?
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