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Ogunquit Weekend-Report/Long

Far Far | Jun 13, 2005 10:29 AM

My wife and I just spent a long weekend in Ogunquit,ME and have some information about places at which we ate that may be interesting/useful to Chowhounds.
1. Lord's Harborside, Wells Harbor: Good clam chowder, creamy, full of clams, finely diced potatoes, good flavor. So-so fried clams, sweet, small bellies, coating not very crisp. My wife's fish and chips was served with nuggets of fish instead of filets. Filets were an ordering option. Each dinner was strangely accompanied by a small paper cup (tartar sauce size) of a jello/vegetable salad.
2. Grey Gull, Wells Beach: Great views, attentive, but not smothering, service, food and menu a little stodgy. Taste of food was OK, not great. The restaurant version of "your father's Oldsmobile".
3. Joshua's, Rte 1, Wells: Wow!! What a great place. Cozy, minimally decorated surroundings in a nicely restored 18th century house. Impeccable service. Food is astoundingly good and fresh. I started with the evening's special soup, a clam/lobster chowder that, except for the potatoes and the color, could have been a bisque since it was silky smooth and rich, with more bits of lobster than clam. As our entree, we both had their "signature dish", broiled haddock with a carmalized onion crust, drizzled with chive oil over wild mushroom risotto. The fish was so fresh, I imagined the chef running out and catching it AFTER the waiter put in our order. The risotto was perfectly cooked and had an earthy flavor complimenting the mild sweetness of the fish. The chive oil added another note of flavor without overpowering the others. My wife shares a taste for vegetables with a certain former president who vacations in the area, so she wasn't enamoured with the broccoli that accompanied the dish, even though I told her it was garden-fresh and cooked perfectly al dente. For dessert, she had a key lime pie which she pronounced OK, while I had a maple walnut pie with home-made maple ice cream. It was a take on the classic pecan pie, which I dearly love, but much more delicate and without the cloying sweetness that often afflicts pecan pie. The ice cream was clearly homemade, but tasted more like vanilla without a strong maple flavor. Joshua's brags that it uses only the freshest ingredients available that day (see link below) and our experience confirmed it. The chef used to be at 5.0 Shore Road in Ogunquit.
4. Congdon's Doughnuts, Rte 1, Wells: When you enter the lobby, you're greeted with a framed article on the wall from Yankee Magazine proclaiming Congdon's to have "the best doughnuts in Maine". I'd like to add "NOT". The plain one I had was greasy without the crispy crust I prefer. Our breakfast's were ordinary also, with what was clearly canned corned beef hash in the irish eggs benedict.


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