Stopped by the Maine Diner yesterday and just don't understand why people think it is great. The place was hopping at 3.30 and I think in part to the lack of restaurants open at this time of year. I had the cup of seafood chowder and it was quite good but sadly the only thing that was. Hub had clam chowder and while he said it had good flavor, it had few clams in it..mainly just potato and broth. I had the buffalo shrimp and it was awful..not spicy just super vinegary and the shrimp texturally were like eating mush. Not pleasant. I explained that to the server when she asked me if I would like her to pack it up and she gave me some inane " the shrimp are small" I don't know.. I just know it was gross and inedible. Hub had the Maine crabmeat melt and that too was not good either. There was no way there was more than 2 o/z of crabmeat and it was covered with a big salty blog of cheese. Our comment to each other was that had we made this ourselves at home we would have thrown it out.
Finally...I find the price point a tad high. Fine for market value seafood...but this slop cost us close to $40.00 with tip.
Maine crabmeat melt $12.95..add fries that's $14.90. A club sandwich with fries $11.90? Not diner pricing has far as I am concerned. Should have got a clue with all the Phantom Gourmet references on the menu. As far as I am concerned that is never a good sign.