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Ellsworth, Me

Pat Hammond | Aug 10, 2003 12:53 PM

I had some good fried clams (on the recommendation of a local) at Union River Lobster Pot. Get the clam plate, not the "clam slam", which comes with chowder and a clam cake. The chowder was too thick with chopped up clam bits (canned?) and the clam cake seemed like it was clam flavored fried breading. The lobster roll was very good, though unorthodox, served on a hamburger bun! Were they out of hot dog rolls? But lots and lots of very good lobster.
Dinner one night was at Maidee's International Restaurant and Lounge. The restaurant has grown up around an old diner, which is now inside and serves as the bar area. I had a somewhat strange, but good, scallop and crab "stew". The scallops were of the large variety and not overcooked and there must have been crab in there somewhere. It had been dusted with parmesan and passed under the broiler. Strange, as I said, but flavorful. The swordfish was enjoyed by one of my party, and the other dish was called "Three surprise pad thai". More large scallops, shrimp, and chunks of fish. Spicy. Best of all was an app. of mussels in a garlicy cream sauce.
Price tag for 3 us came to about $30/each, including a bottle of wine and one beer. Maidee's also shows a pu-pu platter on the menu.
Maine State law allows you to take home the unfinished portion of a bottle of wine.
Fish Truck: Across from Wal-Mart is a white truck selling fish. We bought two pounds of perfectly wonderful halibut.
Blueberries and Maine corn are everywhere now.

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