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We’re staying in Bar Harbor, Maine for the week and went downtown for dinner.  It was crazy busy and we ended up at Poor Boy’s Gourmet for dinner.  We had about a 30 minute wait and then got seated in an awkward table behind the bar and in front of the stairs.

They brought out some rolls and then we started off with the clam chowder and the crab cake appetizer.


Clam Chowder

Crab Cake

The rolls were hot and fresh and tasty.  We’re fans of a thick, creamy chowder and this one was very thin and soupy.  It had a good flavor though.  We were a bit surprised that the $9 crab cake appetizer only had one crab cake.  This is when you know you’re in a tourist trap town.  The crab cake was delicious though.  Full of crab, very little filler and a nice mix of spices.  The restaurant was packed, so it took a while for our entrees to come out.  Loren ordered the surf & turf which came with mashed potatoes and peas.

Surf and Turf

Garlic Mashed and Peas

The lobster on top was perfectly cooked and the steak was amazingly tender and flavorful.  I stole a few bites and it was very good.  The side dishes; however, were not.  I ordered the lobster Poor Boy pasta.

Lobster Poor Boy


The lobster was tossed in a creamy sherry wine sauce over farfalle pasta.  The flavors were perfect in the sauce.  The lobster was cooked ok.  I thought the tail pieces were a little too chewy.  Overall though, a tasty dish.  Mine also came with a side dish and I chose the broccoli.  It was a cold dish and tasted like the dressing on pasta salad.  Let’s just say side dishes are not their specialty. We also got a piece of the white chocolate blueberry cheesecake to take back to our cabin and it was divine.

White Chocolate Blueberry Cheesecake

Creamy and delicious with a good graham cracker crust.  Service was ok, but there were times when I felt as though we had been forgotten.  Total bill with a drink was $88.

Poor Boy’s Gourmet
300 Main St
Bar Harbor, ME
(207) 288-4148

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We arrived in Portland, Maine in time for lunch and the downtown area was flooded with cruise ship people, so we kept driving and pulled into Benny’s.  It’s a side of the road diner with outdoor seating.  We ordered up some clam chowder, a clam burger, and some fried clams.

Clam Chowder

Clam Burger

Fried Clams

It took quite a while for the food to come out and it wasn’t worth the wait.  Though the clam chowder had a good flavor, it was very thin and not at all creamy.  The clam burger didn’t taste like anything and the clams were less than stellar.  The fries were very greasy and had the taste of fryer oil that had been used too long.    Total bill was $33.

199 Commercial St
Portland, ME
(207) 774-2084

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  • Filed under: Cuisine, Maine, Seafood
  • There are some restaurants where after the first bite you just know that you’re going to come back again.  That was our reaction at Zaytoun Mediterranean Grill.  When a basket of fresh baked pita is placed in front of you and steam actually pours out when you rip into it, you know life is good.


    It was so light and fluffy that I couldn’t stop eating it even though I knew there was a lot more food heading our way.  We decided to try the stuffed grape leaves.


    I’m usually the picky one about stuffed grape leaves, but I really liked these.  They were served cold and had this intense lemon flavor throughout.  The filling was rice, parsley, onions and tomatoes and it was soft and flavorful.  Loren thought the rice was a little too soft, but for me, they were perfect.   We also got a bowl of the lentil soup.


    It needed a touch of salt, but otherwise very good.  We decided to split the mixed grill platter.  It had grilled kufta, steak, chicken, rice and veggies.


    There was plenty of food for two.  The meats were all tender and full of flavor.  The beef was a little too spicy for me, but the kufta and chicken were so good.  They have a signature dessert on their menu that you order 30 minutes ahead of time.  It’s called a knafeh.


    It’s shredded dough with homemade cream served with pistachios and drizzled with an orange honey syrup.  We didn’t know what to expect.  The exterior is crunchy and there’s this smooth cream on the inside and the whole thing has this warm honey taste to it.  It was different than anything we’ve had before and with each bite, you savored all of the flavors and textures.  It wasn’t overly sweet either.  We ended up taking half of it home.  Overall, the food was excellent.  It did take some time to come out of the kitchen, but it was worth the wait.  I just wished they were located closer to where we live.  Total bill with a drink was $44.

    Zaytoun Mediterranean Grill
    10970 Cross Creek Blvd
    Tampa, FL

    Zaytoun Mediterranean Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


    Out for a quick lunch today and Andy’s on the Bay was the place to be.


    Two small orders of roasted pork, rice and beans and a drink for $16.  The pork is so juicy and tender and the rice and beans are just delectable.  You never leave this place hungry.  They’re only open weekdays for lunch and there’s usually a crowd.

    Andy’s on the Bay
    472 East Douglas
    Oldsmar, FL

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  • Filed under: Cuban, Oldsmar
  • We stopped at Consciousness Blossoms for brunch this morning.  While I sipped on some pineapple juice, Loren started off with some chick pea soup.


    I’m not usually a fan of chick peas, but this soup changed my mind.  Aside from needing a little pinch of salt, there were a lot of tasty flavors going on here.  It all melded together very nicely.  He also decided to try the Hunza pie.


    It had spinach, brown rice, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, yogurt and a pinch of curry.  The curry was a little too strong for me, but he really liked it.  The whole wheat pastry crust added a nice crunch and he even liked the slaw that came with it.  He said it was a mix of cabbage and soy beans.

    I love their croissant breakfast sandwich.


    They make the fluffiest eggs I’ve ever seen here.  The croissant is fresh, light, and buttery and the side of potatoes are perfectly cooked.  The whole meal was fresh and tasty.  Total bill with two drinks was $24.

    Consciousness Blossoms
    3390 Tampa Road
    Palm Harbor, FL

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