I decided to report back in real-ish time so that I’m more apt to report in a more timely manner.
Tuesday: First stop, lunch at Maine Beer Company in Freeport. One of our favorite places anywhere. This was our first time visiting the beautiful new-ish main building (opened last March). It was very easy getting an outdoor patio reservation and COVID precautions are taken very seriously, from the host to bartender and server. When eating-in, you order at the bar and someone brings the food out to you. We got the delicious Roasted Corn & Poblano with salsa roja, sweet corn, poblano peppers, queso fresco, lime crema, cilantro, and jalapenos (though it was a bit too salty for me) and cheese for Spring Onion. Good pizza, fresh delicious beer, great staff, and beautiful space. What more does one need?
We stopped in Wiscasset so I could visit a favorite shop (Rock, Paper, Scissors) and Treats, which is sadly only doing curbside shopping. Picked up a bottle of red and some absolutely decadent fudgey walnut brownies. But I was glad to see them both open.
Dinner at Round Pond lobster pound. Only lobster in the rough on offer. A ridiculous bargain at $30 for a twin lobster dinner (which also came with 1 lb steamed clams and COTC). Sweet and delicious, especially after dredging through drawn butter. I over-ordered (2 lbs clams and COTC). We brought home probably ~1.5 lbs clams. Awesome setting, laid-back folks behind the counter. BYOB. Open 12 pm - 7 pm. Forget which days they are closed.
Wed: Stopped by Dot’s Bakery this morning, only to find she was closed but her hubby Edgar let us into their home cum bakery/restaurant. She is a hoot - the type of person who will give you her life story in 5 minutes. She was waiting for her stove to get serviced and had some other things going on but sold us a loaf of anadama bread. Very crumby when toasted and with a slather of cream cheese and scallion or PB&J, it went down like air. We placed an order for a salmon pot pie and blueberry pie for tomorrow’s dinner. Open Wed-Sun. I’ll check the hours again, but I think 8 am - 5 pm.
Lunch was at Muscongus Bay Lobster, my new favorite place. Right next door to Round Pond Lobster, they have a more extensive menu. Blackened haddock tacos were quite umami-y and topped with pickled veggies. But it’s the lobster roll on homemade wheat roll (white is also available) that is going to bring us back for more. Never before have we encountered homemade rolls - it needed a touch of salt but otherwise, they gave new meaning to lobster “rolls” for us. Overflowing with barely dressed sweet lobster. Good, not too creamy potato salad with a touch of mustard. SO keeps turning his nose up at lobster and clams so Mac n cheese for him. We’ll keep working on him. Cool, friendly staff behind the counter, and they compost. If you bring your own utensils, you’ll earn brownie points. BYOB. Open everyday except Tuesday, 11 am- 8 pm
We stopped into the truly awesome Granite Hall Store for shopping and penny candy. Too full for ice cream, but we’ll stop by at least a few more times this week. Plus, gotta check out Round Pond Coffeeshop.
A fantastic stop at Todd Wildlife Santuary to walk off lunch. The trail down to the ocean is as gorgeous as the ocean that welcomes you at the end of a very easy walk. SO concurred.
King Ro market is simple but they had what I needed for dinner (we haven’t made it over to CE Reilly Market yet). I repurposed the leftover clams into a spaghetti and clams dish. Loads of garlic, chili flake, butter, white wine, chickpeas, and a can of tomato. And we called it a day.
More to come tomorrow.