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Portland and the ride up

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Portland and the ride up

Joanie | May 4, 2004 09:47 AM

Did some good eating this weekend. Ate at the bar at the newer (to me) and larger Norm's on Congress St. one night for their great crab cakes served with a nice side salad. Not quite as thick as I remember them but very tasty and full of crab. Good bbq chicken quesadillas w/ black bean salad altho we could have used some salsa in addition to the sour cream. A great fried calamari Greek salad rounded things out. Food came to about $27 for the three apps. The previous nite started with drinks at Una's then dinner at David's in Monument Sq. Whereas Una's was a little too dark, David's was too bright for a nicer dinner. Pretty quiet at 9PM or so on a Sat. but the food was very good, esp. the lobster, scallop and sweet potato cakes. Mussels had an amazing broth but they were the smallest mussels I've ever had and quite a few shells were empty. But there were many piled into the bowl. Also split a white seafood pizza which had a lot of lobster, scallops and maybe some clams w/ a little pesto sauce. Almost too full of seafood but good flavor. Sat at the bar hoping for fun service but he was a bit on the miserable side. Couldn't manage dessert either nite, $29 before drinks, tax and tip. Also enjoyed Java Net on Exchange, a beautiful little cafe and good scones at the bakery more inside the market.

Rt.1 brought us to Congdon's Donuts in Wells (or is it Moody?) which had a large selection but they weren't anything to write home about. Walked two minutes down the road to Mike's Clam Shack where we split a packed full of claw grilled lobster roll w/ maybe a bit too much mayo for $9.95 plus a clam plate w/ fries and slaw for the same amount. The batter was perfect but the clams lacked a little sweetness. Good slaw and better than average fries. We were on the casual outdoor side, it was too nice to eat indoors on Sat. On the ride home, we hit Rapid Ray's on Main St. in Saco for typical steamed dogs and a cute t-shirt celebrating their 50 years in business. Nice clean place, seems popular. In Hampton, we stopped at Al's which is half fish market, half casual restaurant and got a scallop/clam plate w/ fries and slaw ($11.95). Batter wasn't as good as Mike's but the clams were sweeter, again better than normal fries. That'll settle the fried fish craving for a while.

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