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Lobster Shack at Two Lights

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve been back from Maine, but I couldn’t leave out a post about the Lobster Shack at Two Lights in Cape Elizabeth, ME. I especially couldn’t leave it out since my pictures from the place still have me craving the food (not to brag). With a gorgeous view and an extensive seafood menu it was the epitome of the perfect lobster shack.

During my hour visit, there was a continuous line. We had to wait about twenty minutes for our number to be called for some fried clams and lobster rolls. The outdoor seating and 70 degree weather made the wait seem much shorter.

The second I opened the doors to get into the shack there is a employee asking what you want eat.

Luckily there was a menu outside the shack so there was no need to feel frazzled upon entering.

Even with all the food listed above, the “homemade desserts” portion seems a little vague. Walk inside and you’ll instantly get a look at their tempting (and gigantic) sugary treats.

I somehow managed to pass on the dessert, although as I stare at that picture I’m regretting my decision. Nonetheless, I should look back on the delicious food that was had during my visit to Two Lights.

Fresh lobster and fried clams were placed alongside homemade coleslaw and crinkle fries. When looking for seafood in a picturesque setting it doesn’t get much better than Two Lights.

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Mornings in Paris

Portland, ME is a long way from France, but the atmosphere inside the cafe called Mornings in Paris can make you forget that.

Sitting in the cozy cafe with French decor along the walls, I was ecstatic to see a special drink listed. A cupcake cappuccino. Or a cupcakuccino. The frothy milk laid on top of the sweet coffee that truly tasted like I had just dunked a vanilla cupcake into my cup.

Pastries and desserts are displayed in the large glass case and it’s hard to imagine why anyone would go to the Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts around the corner. Don’t get me wrong. I do love my French Vanilla coffee from DD, but a cupcake cappuccino? That’s genius and simply an amazing way to start the morning. Another amazing way to start the morning is with a pumpkin and chocolate whoopie pie.

Fun fact: The whoopie pie was invented in Maine. Some say the Pennsylvania Dutch first started the cake pie, but others say it started in Bangor, ME at a bakery with leftover cake. I’m going to go with the Maine story since it goes better with my blog.

These mini pies were stuffed with cream and the pumpkin one went nicely with the cream cheese flavored filling. Small enough for a few bites, we went back for seconds.The pies here are actually made by a local baker.

Mornings in Paris is fairly new to the area but with a clever menu, warm atmosphere and delicious treats it should be pretty easy for the residents of Portland to say bonjour.

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Olde Mill Diner

Type the name of this country cookin’ restaurant into Google and the reviews sound something along the lines of “Amazing,” “One of a kind,” and “DELICIOUS food.”  Thanks to the recommendation of my friend who spends her summers in Maine she insisted that I take a trip to Searsmont, ME to experience the Olde Mill Diner.

The diner is located along a pretty desolate road and for awhile I thought we must be headed in the wrong direction. Suddenly our GPS was telling us that we were arriving at our destination on the left. From the exterior the diner certainly gives off a house vibe. Walking inside, it kept that same vibe and it felt like we were being seated in someone’s dining room.

Simple wooden tables and chairs were located in two rooms with nearly every one taken. The customers inside the diner were pretty much all locals. How do I know this? Because they were kind enough to start chatting it up  giving us the best directions to get back on our way to Portland.

As I looked around at what people were eating the American Chop Suey seemed to be the favorite. Elbow pasta formed into a iant mound on top of the plate. If that wasn’t enough a large piece of bread was served alongside. On certain days the diner serves yeast rolls about the size of a human head (probably not the best culinary comparison).

Although I wasn’t starving for some American Chop Suey or rolls, I am still a firm believer that there is always room for dessert. Even at lunch time. When the waitress named off all the pies the one that stood out to me was raspberry. I thought when would I ever be able to have a fresh raspberry pie again?

And when would it ever look like this!? The crust was flaky and the fresh raspberries were a little sweet and tart. There were countless raspberries stuffed between the buttery crust and we ate every last one.

If you want some downhome cookin’ in what looks to be an actual home the Olde Mill Diner is your spot.

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Becky’s Diner

I’ll start off by saying that my family and I had been planning a visit to Becky’s Diner prior to arriving at our hotel in Portland, ME. But when our bell boy (who was Adam Sandler 20 years ago) told us that Guy Fieri of Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” stayed in our hotel about a month ago to review Becky’s we knew we had to make a trip.

Woah, Guy!! Too bad we missed his trip to Portland, but I had a delicious experience at the diner nonetheless.

Walking in on Friday around 9 a.m. we had to wait for about 15 minutes before we were seated. It’s crazy to think that Becky’s had been open for FIVE hours already. When we drove by Saturday morning around 10 a.m. the wait looked to be about an hour. I can’t imagine what the crowd will look like once Triple D’s airs on the Food Network.

Becky’s still has a hometown feel to it with what looked to be a lot of locals lining the counter. I know I had to do it up big if I was going to be eating at a “soon-to-be-famous” diner.

For $8.50 I ordered the Hobson’s Wharf Special. Let me break it down for you: Bacon, two blueberry pancakes, two over easy eggs, homefires and two slices of toast. Did I mention all that food was for less than $10?

The bacon was thick, the homefries were fresh and the eggs were cooked perfectly.

Everything on my two plates was amazing. My dad ordered the Hobson’s Wharf as well and I traded one blueberry pancake for one delicious slice of french toast.

My mom is still raving till this day about her hash. What is hash you ask? Basically just pork sausage, potatoes, onions, egg and tomato all mixed up and mashed together.

Well, Becky seemed to get their hash spot on. I wouldn’t be surprised if their entire menu is spot on.

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The Looking Glass

Happy Birthday to you, said the lobster above. Overlooking Bar Harbor, ME, The Looking Glass restaurant shares its venue with the Bluenose Inn. Our car climbed up the hill until we reached the very top. It was there that we walked into the restaurant with a fitting name. An open room with wooden floors and large glass windows sat on top of the hill.

After being greeted by our waiter, Enrique, I went ahead and ordered my first dose of seafood: crabcakes.

Two crab cakes were crispy on the outside with soft lump crab mixed in with peppers and served with a side of a spicy garlic mayonnaise-like sauce. It was a perfect preview to main event, lobster.

Unfortunately this baked stuffed lobster came with a little too much tarragon. What could have been a delicious stuffing of scallops was instead covered with too many overpowering spices. As I got further down into the stuffing the terragon slowly disappeared the scallops got their taste back.

The lobster was good but the claw meat seemed to be a little tough. My mom went the easier route and ordered the lazy man lobster.

In my mom’s case, this lazy lobster was cooked perfectly. My dad went with the seafood medley of halibut, scallops, shrimp and halibut where the scallops proved to be the standout.

After taking the last sip from the blueberry martini I got a birthday surprise of sugar-free blueberry lemon cheesecake. Yes, sugar-free and yes, it was delicious!! Fluffy and not too filling like a regular dense cheesecake.

The ambiance and view carries a bigger punch than the food in The Looking Glass restaurant. But any time I can be surrounded by friends and family on my birthday then it’s alright by me. You lucked out this time Looking Glass!!

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