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We went over to The Wild Rover for lunch today.  We got two of their $8 lunch specials and a Scotch egg just because.

The Scotch egg was tasty.  It had a very flavorful sausage exterior and a perfectly hard boiled egg in the center.   Loren got the sandwich of the day which was a roast beef and I went with the lunch sausage roll and clam chowder.

Everything was fresh and had good flavors.  The sausage roll had a crispy flaky crust and the whole lunch was $21.

The Wild Rover
13921 Lynmar Blvd
Tampa, FL
813-475-5995

Wild Rover Pub & Brewery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
3.6/5

We stopped at the Bar Harbor Lobster Pound for dinner.  They have a covered patio with picnic tables and luckily they weren’t too busy when we arrived.  We started off with some clam chowder.

Clam Chowder

This was a good version but it had a very strong herb flavor to it that was unexpected.  Loren went for the crab cake and I ordered some fried clams and a lobster.

Crab Cake

Fried Clams

Lobster

The crab cake had a lot of crab and flavor.  The fried clams were a bit on the chewy side, but the lobster was spot on.  We also tried the blueberry pie.

Blueberry Pie

I didn’t like the crust on this one.  It just wasn’t flaky enough.  Total bill with a drink was $66.

Bar Harbor Lobster Pound
414 State Hwy 3
Bar Harbor, ME
207-266-3825

Bar Harbor Lobster Pound Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food2/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value2/5
2.3/5
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  • Blaze


    After a day of hiking, we stopped at Blaze in downtown Bar Harbor for dinner.  The restaurant was crowded, but lucky for us there was an open table on the patio near the entrance that no one wanted because it was a bit chilly out.  We started off with some clam chowder and poutine.

    Clam Chowder

    Poutine

    This was the clam chowder we’ve been looking for.  Thick and creamy with a nice flavor.  Blaze is famous for their duck fat fries, so we had to try them with the addition of gravy and cheese curds to make it a poutine.  You could feel your arteries hardening as you ate it, but it was worth every bite.  I really don’t know that the fries cooked in duck fat tasted that much different from any other well cooked french fry, but add gravy and cheese and it’s just delicious.  Loren went for the haddock tacos and I decided to try the duck menag a trois.

    Haddock Tacos

    Duck Menagatrois

    The tacos weren’t really anything to write home about.  They were pretty plain and the fish was just ok.  My duck dish didn’t quite satisfy the way I had hoped it would.  The grilled duck was a little tough in places, but otherwise tender.  It was served with a sweet berry compote that complimented the duck well.  The white part of the sunny side up egg was very overcooked and like rubber.  The hash had duck, brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes but the brussel sprouts were way overpowering.  They just didn’t play well with everything else on the plate.  We decided to stick it out for dessert and ordered the chocolate cake.

    Chocolate Cake

    This was quite delicious.  Creamy and mousse like with a deep rich chocolate flavor.  This and the poutine were the highlights of the meal, especially when the bill for $73 came.  Service was slow throughout the meal.  I was pretty sure the waiter had forgotten we were even one of this tables.

    Blaze
    198 Main St
    Bar Harbor, ME
    (207) 801-2755

    Blaze Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food3/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value2/5
    2.4/5

    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

    Poor Boy's Gourmet Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

    Benny’s


    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.

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

    Benny's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food2/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value1/5
    1.9/5
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