Did a birding and buddies run last week beginning in Kittery:
* Bob's Clam Hut -- first clam basket since last September. Good enough clams, very good onion rings, excellent cole slaw, unlike most of that awful stuff generally served in NJ.
On through York to Scarborough, a definite skip next year. Thought I'd learned my lesson last year! Traffic is ghastly with not much worth stopping for since I'm not dressed for the good places in Ogunquit and Kennebunk. No parking spaces at Nubble at all!
* Lighthouse Restaurant at Nubble -- first lobster of the season, a shedder, not my preference. Good enough to take the edge off. Dynamite view.
Passed Flo's. Sorry. A steamed dog isn't worth waiting in line for -- cars parked up and down the road.
* Martel's Homemade Ice Cream, Rt. 1, Scarborough. Extremely good ice cream. Worth a stop.
* Rising Tide at Pine Point (Scarborough) -- Worth driving to the dock at Pine Point. Very good, very reasonable seafood.
****Beal's Homemade Ice Cream ****, Pine Point Road before Scarborough Marsh -- A MUST! Turn off Route 1 onto PP Rd. This is about the best ice cream I've ever eaten. Ginger ice cream melting as it hit the cone. That's the real thing. Right up there with Round Top from Damariscotta. Maybe even better. I didn't compare blueberry.
* Cape Neddick Lobster Pound (On the homebound loop. I can't stand that south end of Route 1, was convinced to hit Crate and Barrel, and had to get away from the mayhem.) If this is a lobster pound, I'm Tina Turner! Not. Glasses, china, and flatware do not a lobster pound make. "Chowder" incredibly thick and way overly rich. Would have been fine as lunch alone. Clam/shrimp basket mediocre.
* Sea Basket, Wiscasset -- Still the best, I mean THE BEST, fish chowder anywhere any time! Lobster roll with a roll actually worth eating ain't bad, either.
* No lobster can be any better than the one you watch riding in with the guy who trapped it. Hard shells, good beer, great friends in Boothbay.
* Center Cafe on the green at Boothbay -- not Bet's. The cafe is new and lovely, reminiscent of Kristina's in Bath. Everything is navy and white with dark wood and lots of plants. Lunch on the porch. Nice salads, beautiful lobster rolls pronounced delicious and looked that way, super desserts. Hope this place succeeds.
South to Rowley to bird Parker River NWR at Plum Island. Last seafood run for a while.
* Essex Seafood -- excellent chowder and haddock basket, as usual. Actually found myself clammed out. (Ipswich Clam Box was jammed, as always -- no parking spots to be had.)
* Village Pancake House. Rt. 1A, Rowley -- nice, homey, breakfast place.
* White Farms Homemade Ice Cream, Rt. 1A on Ipswich/Rowley border. Almost up there with Beal's and Round Top.
Barbeque note: I saw a place called American Barbeque on the Newbury/Rowley border on 1A. It looks promising and was crowded on Thursday night.
Return to Germantown, NY, house to tend and harvest garden. Picked 6 lbs. of beans, cukes, kohlrabi, carrots, radishes, cherry tomatoes and plan to work on cholesterol busting.