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Thanks for help: Kennebunkport and Concord NH


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Thanks for help: Kennebunkport and Concord NH

Liz Feathers | Jun 10, 2003 08:39 PM

I want to thank everyone who gave me great leads in KPT and Concord. My husband and I spent 2 glorious weeks in KPT and a day in Concord to look at Franklin Pierce Law School. We had wonderful food at Nunance, Clam Shack, Maine Diner and Cascade.

My absolute favorites are Nunance and the Clam Shack! I had the twin 1 1/8 lbs lobsters at Nunance the first night we drove up which was the best lobsters ever. Nunance steams the lobsters in cold sea water which brings out the sweetness of the lobsters without making the meat tough. Everyday we drove by and I still gasped and wanted to go back. :)

The Clam Shack is a gem! I had my fried clam fix the following day for lunch. The clam bellies were fat and not overcooked. I indulged myself to have a whole pint. Fried scallops are GREAT too! Having to get our mail from the post office box daily gave me the greatest excuse to get lunch at the Clam Shack. The lobster rolls are superb also. Warm toasted roll with fresh lobster meat. My brother-in-law treated me to 2 lobster rolls so I had 1 lobster roll with mayo and one with butter. I personally like the butter one better; my husband likes mayo. Apparently this is not high season yet (after July 4). Clam Shack closes at 5pm daily.

Maine Diner is good home-cooking. My husband adores the Tuesday special: Shephard Pie. I always get a fried seafood platter with a bowl of seafood chowder. But no other restaurants beat the Clam Shack and Nunance.

We went to Cascade for our last meal. Currently twin 1lb lobsters a la carte is $16.99. Not high season yet. Not Nunance caliber but a quick fix for lobster-cravings. My husband liked the prime rib (not a seafood lover who used to live in Maine for a few years, go figure).

The McDonald in Freeport doesn't have blueberry pie. And due to zoning restrictions, the drive-through is without speaker. It was actually very funny that we shouted to the speaker to ask if there was any blueberry pie, and the McDonald employee typed a big NO!!! on the screen. it's very funny.

My husband claims he had the worst lobster roll (lobster croissant) in a cafe in Freeport. The name escapes me right now but it's across from Patagonia outlet. Being spoiled by Nunance and clam Shack, we didn't like the frozen lobster that was used in the lobster croissant. But this cafe has the most amazing clam chowder and lobster stew. I highly recommend having a quick bowl of chowder/stew in the middle of a Freeport shopping spree.

We ate frequently at the UNE cafeteria which has a great view of Biddeford Pool, and the food is not bad. Their catered events are great too.

I love Bufflehead but we didn't get a chance to eat there on this trip but they also have a good lobster roll and great soup.

We also attended a catered brunch at the Eastland Hotel in downtown Portland. The food was great.

We arrived at Concord late at night and didn't get a chance to eat at all the wonderful places that were discussed on the board. We ate at Unos. We are planning to be in Concord for 3 years (Franklin Pierce Law School). We will have plenty of time to eat around Concord and all the neighboring towns. BTW Does anyone have an apartment/house for rent/sale near the law school?

Thank you once again for all the recommendations!

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