Just got back from a week in Maine: Portland, Rockland (the Blues Festival), and Monhegan. Here's my report on the high and low-end dining we experienced. First night in Portland had a longstanding (month) reservation at Hugo's, which was highly recommended, and turned out to be an experience for which we don't plan to return anytime soon. We had a table for 4 reserved, but as we walked in the door, on time, it became clear they gave our table away. We sat at the bar, had drinks from a very good wine list, I might add; however, the bartender had only been there two days and had obviously not been coached on the wines at all. Not what you'd expect in that price range. We waited for nearly an hour, watching several tables at the back go empty. Couldn't figure that one out. When we finally sat down, although the food was excellent, the service continued to be extremely slow. We were not made to feel at all welcome. Although the restaurant was not really crowded, they
didn't seem able to handle their customers. They comped our first round of drinks, which was the least they could do, considering we were there for three hours. Hope someone from Hugo's is listening. Next day headed north, stopped at Red's Eats for a great lobster roll, then stopped at one of my favorite beaches, Popham Beach. Went on to Rockland where we stayed for three nights at the Berry Manor Inn: our friends with us who are inveterate B&Ber's pronounced it one of the best places they've ever stayed in. We rolled out of there after an amazing breakfast every am. Had a fantastic lobster dinner at Waterman's. The Blues festival was also great! Good music (Lucky Peterson!!), lots of fried stuff and delicious junk food. Off to Monhegan on the ferry, had a great
dinner at the Island Inn after a day of rough, but extremely scenic hiking. Back in Rockland, had some extremely yummy Wasses hotdogs, and topped off our dining experience with a great lunch at Thomaston Cafe. Finally, finally, bought two boxes of just-picked wild Maine blueberries from a guy on the side of Rte.1. Hope my lengthy missive will be of use to someone. Chow on.
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