Saturday, September 22, 2012

Lobster Shack, Maine

Located in the heart of Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, Maine, LOBSTER SHACK serves a mean seafood chowder and the much-applauded Boiled Maine Lobster.

Our 10 days 1,000 miles drive around the New England States wouldn't be complete without visiting this institution, first opening its doors in the 1920's. Bottom line, we did our research, traveled from a far-away place, AND we're mad-hungry for what this food shack is best known for.

The scenery was perfectly inviting, setting the proper mood for what is to be one of the best lunches we've had in the US - seagulls hovering in circles, small fishing boats docked, and the smell of the ocean all around! And lucky us, since the day of our visit was Lobster Shack's reopening after a long winter break!

Being the first customers of the day, we rushed to the counter and was greeted cheerfully by the owner Chris Evans, and upon his recommendation we ordered the following:

Seafood Chowder, which my son had and immensely enjoyed. Hearty broth and loaded with lots of seafood (haddock, razor clams and shrimps) and served with oyster crackers...

Lobster roll, for sharing and served w/ a bag of chips and coleslaw. Portion size for $18.95 was worth it, considering the amount (tons) of succulently-sweet lobster meat per sandwich. No fillers, just the right amount of seasoning (paprika dust included) and not drowned with mayo...

Whole Maine Lobster ($25 for a 1.5 pounder) is simplicity at its best. Freshly caught and steamed on demand, best eaten with your bare hands (bibs highly recommended) and dipped in clarified butter for that overall feel of being a "Maine-r" - even for just a day!

Definitely worth the long drive, and dreaming of the day when we revisit!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Fremont Diner, Sonoma

We came for what they are famous for, unmindful of the two-hour drive from San Francisco  - Nifty Southern Cooking, and we left extremely pleased...

FREMONT DINER is  a quaint eating joint along the road between Napa and Sonoma. Upon arriving you immediately get the "deep south" feel, quite nostalgic as a rusty old pickup truck greets you at the entrance. Once you enter the screen door, on your left is a vintage refrigerator filled with drinks of all sorts from soda pops to craft brewskies (nice!). All in all it's a 50's homey feel complete with well-grained wooden tables and chairs, and a stainless counter for order-taking where one gets a front row view of the open kitchen - THE PLACE where the the good food buzz is happening!  

The long cue was a blessing-in-disguise as we were able to scan the chalk-board menu, make new friends and ask around too which are the good eats. As such we ended up ordering the following highly recommended chows even "Aunt Jemima" will be proud of:

Southern Mac N' Cheese

Oyster Po' Boy

Chicken N' Waffles

All dishes ordered effortlessly passed with flying colors. The only setback was my inability to try their equally famous milkshake, no thanks to their humongous portion size that's too much for my third-world appetite. Something to look forward to I guess on my next visit...

 Fremont Diner 2698 Fremont Drive, Sonoma 707-938-7370