So I found a great deal for our overnight in Ogunquit this past Sat. Took the relatively scenic route up Rt. 1 from Boston and detoured to Rye NH for lunch at Petey's on Rt. 1A. Got to see some amazing houses along the ocean on that strip. Petey's is a bare bones casual restaurant serving food with plastic forks but my fried scallop roll was delicious. Huge sea scallops fried pretty perfectly on a nicely grilled buttered hot dog bun with good fries for $9.25. The scallops were really too cumbersome for a roll so I cut them up and put together little bites but no complaints. One friend had a fried shrimp roll, those were tiny little shrimp tho. He also got a very good clam chowder. Other friend had shrimp cocktail and a lobster salad plate. Came to about $55 w/ tax. http://www.peteys.net/
Ogunquit was busy for a dark Oct. afternoon. Got good coffee at Breaking New Grounds at the end of Perkins Cove, amazing view that would have been so nice if it were 10-15 degrees warmer. Had 8:30 reservations at 98 Provence and tried to get a drink at MC Perkins Cove first but the place was jammed and you couldn't stand anywhere without being in someone's way, so we ended up at the Barnacle Billy's Etc. lounge which had seats galore. It's actually a nice room with a fireplace and view of the boats. I asked him to make me some sort of peach "martini" which didn't have the right look but tasted okay, even if it came in the tiniest martini glass I've ever been served. Good list of wines by the glass.
98 Provence was very crowded, we had to wait a bit to be seated and then ended up next to a party of 3 couples who maybe don't get out too often. Or this might be a regular thing for them, they were pretty loud and drunk in any case. Waiter was crazed but fairly attentive, some long gaps between bread, apps and entrees that were noticeable but dinner was our entertainment that nite. Started with a sweet onion creme brulee that was okay ($13) but the onions were really strong or something. Friend's foie gras en croute was good but very rich as expected. Other app. was the seafood soup which got raves. I'd seen the online menu and venison was stuck in my head so even when I asked how it was cooked and he said it was in a stew, I still ordered it. I felt like I had pot roast and it just wasn't what I expected. My own fault, stew should have sent me running. Gnocchi in the dish were done nicely tho. On the other hand, the veal chop in cream sauce w/ fall vegetables and the filet au poivre were amazing, esp. the filet. Entrees were about $25-32. I ordered the pear almond tartin in advance which came with cranberry ice cream. The choc. dessert was kind of pate like and the brioche bread pudding with apples was nice. Good time, wish I'd ordered differently.
Took the Bintliff's recommendation for breakfast, also it had less of a wait than Amore's on Sun. The inside is so much fancier than it looks from the outside. All sorts of interesting choices on the menu in the $6-10 price range with a couple higher end items like lobster benedict. We wished they offered a combo plate with eggs and pancakes but I had to order a side to satisfy both the egg and sweet craving. Had excellent Tuscan scambled eggs done in olive oil w/ roasted garlic, tomato (not the right time of year for them), croutons and asiago cheese for $7.95. Came with a grilled English muffin and real hash browns which I appreciate more than home fries. One raspberry almond pancake was $3.00 and very good. Friends enjoyed buckwheat pancakes and salmon/goat cheese omelette. Altho one got a side salad for $3 which she was surprised at how big it was, then got charged $6.95. Filling and good.
Two side notes in other parts of New England. Stopped at Allen Farms in Westminster VT and passed on the homemade donuts for a package of their homemade maple pecan cookies, those are AMAZING. And while taking Rt. 2A back to Boston, saw the Main St. Diner in Athol where I got a humungous steak & cheese with great fries for $5.95. Got three meals out of that perfectly grilled and melted sandwich. No booths, just about 14 stools at the counter, wish it was closer to try more things.