Im just back from a four-day swing through MA (clams and lobsters) and ME (lobsters and clams), in yet another vain attempt to see whether I could actually tire of the aforementioned seafoods and those tiny Maine blueberries.
I ate at Farnhams, The Clam Box, Woodmans, Essex Seafood, and The Lobster Pool in MA; and Cindys Fish and Fries, Five Islands Lobster Co., The Sea Basket, Marriners, Muscongus Bay Lobster Co., and Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster in ME. I even began to make tasting notes for an article that started to take shape mentally, but will probably never be written.
Considering that fourteen hours' worth of those four days was spent driving from NYC to Maine and back, thats a whole lot of eating in a very short time. No more seafood or blueberries for a week!
A few observations:
- This was not the best year for Essex fried clams. Past years in Essex, and last year at Arnold's on Cape Cod, were better.
- The best lobster and steamers I've had, consistently, have been at a place that I haven't seen in food or touring books.
- Marriner's blueberry pancakes may or may not be "the best in the world," but they're up there, and the service was delightful. While the premises are certainly showing their age, Marriner's is not "dirty"; whoever posted to that effect may have some other agenda.
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