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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.

Rolls

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

broccoli

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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Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.4/5

Bogart’s


We unexpectedly found ourselves back in Sylva, NC at dinnertime and I didn’t have anywhere planned to eat there.  We ended up at Bogart’s and it was my least favorite meal of our vacation.  It’s a generic steakhouse and reminded me of the Outback chain.  We started off with some bread & salad and ordered the crab dip.

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The bread & salad tasted exactly like what you get at Outback Steakhouse.  The crab dip was really spicy which I didn’t expect at all.  I couldn’t eat very much of it because it just numbed my mouth.  Loren got an 8oz ribeye and I decided to try their prime rib special.

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Loren said his steak was ok.  The prime rib, however, had a flavor profile that I did not like at all.  It was very herbaceous and the prime rib itself was tough.  I barely ate any of it.  Not a restaurant we would go back to. Total bill with a drink was $46.

Bogart’s
35 E. Main St
Sylva, NC
828-586-6532

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Food2/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value2/5
2.0/5
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    We ended up at Longhorn Steakhouse tonight after we couldn’t find parking at the restaurant we had planned to go to.  I was shocked that we didn’t have to wait for a table at 6pm on a Friday night.  Of all the chain restaurants, I think Longhorn has become our favorite.  The food is consistent and the flavors are there.  We started off with one of their new appetizers, the sweet chili calamari.

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    This was some perfectly cooked calamari.  I couldn’t stop eating it even though the sweet chili sauce had my tongue tingling.  I would definitely order it again.  After bread and salads, out came out entrees.  Loren got the 6 oz Renegade sirloin with asparagus.

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    He said the steak was very tender and tasty.  Unfortunately, the asparagus was a little too far on the tender side.  He likes his asparagus much crisper.  I ordered the half rack of baby back ribs.

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    They were very tender with a slightly sweet sauce.  I really enjoyed them.  And even though we were both stuffed at this point, I just couldn’t pass up the dessert sampler.

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    This is the dessert to get here.  Chocolate stampede, caramel apple goldrush, and strawberry cheesecake.  Yum!  I devoured the chocolate stampede.  It’s layers of chocolate mousse on a chocolate cake.  So good!  Loren favored the caramel apple dish and the cheesecake was pretty darn tasty as well.   We had to roll ourselves out of the restaurant.  Total bill with a drink was $55 and worth every penny.

    Longhorn Steakhouse
    35645 US Highway 19
    Palm Harbor, FL
    (727) 781-9300

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    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.7/5

    Loren was in the mood for a steak and when I checked Longhorn’s website, I discovered we could get a free appetizer by signing up for their hospitality club.  They were pretty crowded tonight and we had about a 20 minute wait for a table.  For our appetizer, we decided on the cheddar stuffed mushrooms.

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    It was five mushrooms drenched in gooey cheese.  What more could you ask for?  The mushrooms were tender and the cheese had a good flavor to it.  Once we finished those, bread, and salad, it was time for our entrees.  Loren got the 6 oz bourbon black pepper sirloin.

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    The steak was cooked a perfect medium and was very tender.  I didn’t like the glaze on it, but he thought it was very good.  I went for the Napa chicken.

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    It had mushrooms, artichokes, and tomatoes in a white wine sauce.  The chicken was very tender, but I still would have preferred to have been given a steak knife instead of having to cut it with a butter knife.  Although, we should have passed on dessert, I just had to try the blueberry lemon butter cake.

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    Not very appealing to look at, but it had a deep, rich lemon flavor to it.  I was expecting a few more fresh blueberries on top and all of the blueberries in the cake had settled on one end.  It tasted more like a blueberry muffin than a cake, but we didn’t manage to finish it because the flavors were spot on.  Out of all of the chain restaurants we occasionally go to, we’ve really had the best food experiences at Longhorn.  Total bill with a drink was $39.

    Longhorn Steakhouse
    35645 US Highway 19
    Palm Harbor, FL
    (727) 781-9300

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5

    Early Friday


    We normally don’t even attempt to go to Bonefish on the weekend because it’s so crowded, but we decided to try early tonight & didn’t have to wait for a table.  They had some lobster specials going on tonight, so after devouring the bread, we started off with some lobster rangoons.

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    We both enjoyed these.  Nice and crispy with a lobster cream cheese filling.  I always have to get the corn chowder when we go to Bonefish.  It’s one of my favorite things on the menu.

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    It’s very thick and creamy, but just have a wonderful overall flavor.  I’m glad I got both the appetizer and the chowder since my lobster roll was somewhat disappointing.

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    I get that lobster rolls shouldn’t have a lot of mayo on them, but they do need some.   This was just very dry and I didn’t like the raw onions in it either.  The lobster pieces were really small and felt like the leftovers from other lobster dishes versus having lobster chunks being pulled specifically for this dish.  Loren got the 10oz sirloin with the scalloped potatoes.

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    He said it was pretty good.  The steak was cooked medium and was fairly tender.  Total bill with a drink was $50.

    Bonefish Grill 
    2519 McMullen Booth Rd
    Clearwater, FL
    727-726-1315

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    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5