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A hit and a miss at Mims, Portland, Me

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A hit and a miss at Mims, Portland, Me

Pat Hammond | Sep 12, 2006 02:30 PM

We drove directly to Mims from the airport, arriving just about noon. Sunday was one of those Maine crystalline days and they do have outside dining, but that was full. It's nice inside too, though. After waiting a little while for the "host", we were seated. My sister ordered one of the egg Benedict selections, served over a potato/spinach pancake, instead of an English muffin. It arrived good and hot, and she enjoyed it very much. That dish was the "hit".

I was in the mood for lunch and ordered the "pulled beef" with horseradish and onion on a hard roll. I asked our server about it, and he described the beef as having been braised and then pulled into shreds. Sounded good to me. I also ordered a cup of haddock chowder. The chowder was a nice creamy consistency, good seafoody flavor, but very little haddock. It could have been much hotter, as well. Then came my sandwich and it looked just fine, lots of shredded beef over some lettuce, in a very good crusty roll. The problem was it was cold, which resulted in lots of congealed fat throughout. I sent it back to be heated, after confirming that it was, indeed, supposed to be a hot sandwich. Our server was very nice and obliging. The second time around it wasn't much warmer. To be fair, I said it was ok, and managed to eat about half.

I can only guess that the kitchen was just too busy. I would try Mims again, but my first visit was disappointing.

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