Restaurants & Bars

Bintliff's, Ogunquit ME

Morganna | May 20, 200807:06 AM

We had breakfast on Monday here. The decor was very formal. Something like where baroque and rococo meet. Lots of doodads and froofroo (you can tell it's not my style at all :), but for all that, it was fairly elegant, with some very nice, private areas for seating. I could well imagine it as a very romantic place for dinner. There were several booths with fairly high sides, all facing the same direction, that would be perfect for that anniversary feast with your beloved.

The service was speedy and somewhat rustic, at odds a bit with the surroundings, but she was polite and efficient, which is all I really ask anyway. There weren't many people around but it -was- Monday morning.

The menu had a lot of interesting looking choices but we were concerned about managing to eat most of our food, so we ended up ordering simply. I got two eggs, ham, italian tuscan bread toast, and hash browns ($9) and my husband got a simple scramble with hashbrowns and italian tuscan toast ($7). I also ordered a hot chocolate and my husband had a glass of orange juice. The hot chocolate was from a packet (not bad, just something I could have had at home for a fraction of the cost), but the orange juice was fresh and yummy.

I requested my eggs over easy, and they were almost but not quite over medium. There was enough runny yolk to do what I like with my eggs, so I was fine with that. The ham was really good, and a generous portion. I couldn't finish it. The jam they served with the toast was eh. No better than what you'd get from a diner with their little jam packets, really, just in a fancier looking jar. The hashbrowns could have used more time on the griddle but were competent. The toast was very thick and would have been a lot better as french toast. :) I'm finding it hard to eat breads at this point, they seem to fill me up very rapidly and expand in my small stomach, so I think I'll be ordering fewer breads in the future.

All in all, I think we might actually have been more wowed by some of the fancier breakfast offerings, and if/when we go back, I'll go for one of those. This was a fine place and I'd recommend it, but if you go, maybe be more adventuresome. Give the chef a challenge. :)


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