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report on camden, me

salley | Jun 26, 2003 07:24 AM

thanks to all of you who gave me such wonderful feedback on camden eats. i went to the wedding last weekend, and, unfortunately, ended up being much busier with wedding things and giving rides to people than i'd planned, so i didn't get to explore any of the places i'd planned on. i do have a short report, though...

i asked my hotel front desk about capuccino, and she said she'd never heard of it, so i wasn't able to try either their perfect espresso or their food. =(

i had a TERRIFIC crab roll at a neighborhood place just up the road from the rockport opera house. i don't remember the name of it, unfortunately, because the sandwiches were fetched by someone while us musicians rehearsed in the opera house, but it's literally a hundred yards away. i want to say it's the "corner house" or "corner shop," but i could be mistaken. anyways, the crab roll came on one of those hotdog rolls that look like a slice of white bread, which was buttered and grilled/fried. the roll had crisp piece of lettuce inside, was positively overflowing with very fresh, very sweet crabmeat, and not too much mayo, (which happened to be very well incorporated into the crab, so if you like your crabmeat more lumpy and untouched, you wouldn't like these). fries on the side were just ok, but i didn't care, b/c the crabroll was THAT AMAZING. i was truly transported! there is a little park overlooking the water between the shop and the opera house (those maine'ahs have the life - fresh crab AND amazing views around every corner), which was the perfect place to enjoy our food.

the same front desk lady, when asked about the lobster pound vs. miller's lobster company recommended the lobster pound. they have a little side storefront that is not as fancy as their main restaurant, where you can take out or eat on informal tables inside. the view outside is BEAUTIFUL - it's almost worth it to go there and get something just to walk out onto the rocks and eat overlooking the water. i found the food a little disappointing. tried another crab roll, and this one had meat that was less broken up, but it was maybe half as much as my previous one, and the flavor didn't seem to be as fine and the other, and there was a LOT of butter on the bread. the fish stew also was a little disappointing - the soup itself had good flavor (of leeks and strong black pepper), but the consistency was very thin, and the fish was a little touch. i didn't finish...

the good thing about the lobster pound, however, is that mt. battie is on the way, which is worth a stop. dozens of hikes and beautiful trails and/or picnic tables right on the waterfront!

sorry not to have more news, but i had a great time!

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