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Boone's in Portland Maine: Excessive cost for average food & service


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Boone's in Portland Maine: Excessive cost for average food & service

liveforfood | | Aug 5, 2014 08:00 AM

Can someone tell me when a clam roll and fries came to cost $27? I realize clam prices are higher this year, but not so high as to warrant this price, esp given that other places are not charging nearly as much (the restaurant next door to Boone's charges $12.95 for a clam roll, I learned after the fact). I live locally and eat out a lot. I take pride in knowing something about good food, I cook and entertain a lot myself, and I will spend money on fine food. I'm not a miser when it comes to food, but I don't want to get ripped off. I took my son and a relative from out of town for lunch at Boone's because people were wanting fried clams. I had been there once before when it first opened this past year after the rehab and it was a pleasant environment. Prices then were not so outrageous. We took an outdoor table and sat down to order. The clam prices were not listed, simply said "market price". It didn't occur to me that I should inquire about the "market price" for fried clams because I have been eating them all of my life in New England restaurants and they are usually pretty reasonably priced, even with year to year price fluctuations. Big mistake. We waited to order. The service was slow and a table beside us, seated after us, was tended to first. Annoying. Finally ordered, and then the food came--all three of us ordered the clam rolls with fries and some clam chowder, no drinks other than water. The food was ok'ish, nothing to write home about, just pretty average all around but satisfying enough (and I make a better chowder myself). The clam rolls were filled with an ample amount of clams but not exactly generous. When the bill came, I was shocked to see a total of $116! I looked at the itemized tab and verified with the waitress that the amount was correct. Clam rolls and fries were $27 per person (so, $81 just for the 3 clam rolls!), plus the chowder we had. I was appalled--and angry. Seems to me that Boone's is taking full advantage of tourist season in Portland and the waterfront location to exploit customers for all they can get. A $27 clam roll is absurd and Harding Lee Smith should be embarrassed for charging such obscene prices. This was lunch, not dinner, and these are fried clams in a hotdog roll, not lobster, fois gras or caviar. I shudder to think what they are charging for a lobster roll! I will never go back again. Made me feel robbed--and foolish.

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