Boston Restaurant Blog -- December, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
For the second year in a row, we went up to the Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude, but this time, we stayed near Perkins Cove instead of in Wells, and we avoided dining in Kennebunkport itself, as we had to wait a long time for a table last year. And as was the case last year, we had mixed results with the food, though none of the meals were all that bad.
We left Boston on Friday morning, arriving in Maine around noon. After a quick, basic lunch at The Weathervane in Kittery, we took the slow route to Ogunquit and Perkins Cove, arriving at the lodge we were staying at around mid-afternoon. After wandering around the ground of the lodge (and strolling along the beautiful Marginal Way for a bit), we went over to a place on Shore Road called The Impastable Dream for dinner. Silly name aside, The Impastable Dream turned out to be a great place; the atmosphere was cozy and peaceful (with an enclosed porch area, which is where we sat), the food was excellent, and the waitstaff was friendly, prompt, and efficient. We enjoyed some really nice dishes, including a sinfully tasty order of garlic bread, a couple of healthy, fresh salads, and a couple of entrees (penne pesto and lobster ravioli) that could have rivaled similar dishes from many restaurants in the North End of Boston. With bellies that were not quite full but very happy, we took a short trip up Shore Road to the center of Ogunquit, where we had a nightcap at a place called the Front Porch (more on the Front Porch later).
Saturday morning was freezing, with howling winds off the water, so we decided against wandering along the Marginal Way again. Instead, we had breakfast at the lodge, then drove around Perkins Cove and York Beach before heading back to Ogunquit. After hitting a few shops and galleries there, we decided to head up to the Christmas Prelude in Kennebunkport, stopping for lunch in Wells. We decided against the Maine Diner, as our meals there last year were just ok (plus the place was packed), so we went across the street to the Bull and Claw, a cavernous family restaurant that seemed to be right in place on Route 1, an historic byway lined with old-fashioned dining spots like this. The food at the Bull and Claw was all right, with the beef burgundy being tasty (though swimming in sauce), and the grilled hot dogs hitting the spot, but it is not what you could call a memorable restaurant. Still, we liked it enough and the prices were dirt cheap, and more importantly we were in and out of the restaurant in no time, which is more than folks could say about restaurants in Kennebunkport that afternoon.
We spent a few hours at the Christmas Prelude in Kennebunkport, enjoying the festive atmosphere, the interesting shops, and the beautiful light displays throughout the town. It started to get very cold, though, so we hit the road once again, taking a ride through Cape Porpoise, Biddeford, and Kennebunk before heading back to Ogunquit for dinner. We decided to try the aforementioned Front Porch, a large place containing a restaurant, bar, and piano lounge. Beginning in the dining area, we ordered a tasty Cesar salad and a couple of wonderful baked flatbread pizzas. The pizzas at the Front Porch were long, thin strips and were served on wooden planks, and were they ever good. The margherita pizza had fresh tomatoes and basil, while the three cheese pizza came with roasted garlic, and both were gone within a couple of minutes. They weren't huge pizzas, so we had room for their dessert special, which was a yummy trio of white chocolate (ice cream, cookies, and hot cocoa). That, too, was finished in no time, and we paid the bill then walked upstairs to the piano lounge. The place was pretty full, with many of the people apparently having been there for awhile, as they were swaying and singing a bit too loudly. But what a time it was, with the pianist playing mostly Christmas tunes, much to the delight of both the drunk and non-drunk folks in the lounge.
Sunday morning came around and we had a quick breakfast at the lodge before checking out and taking the long way home, driving through Kittery, Portsmouth, New Castle, Rye, Hampton, Seabrook, Salisbury, and Newburyport, which is where we took a short break. I used to go to The Grog quite often, but hadn't been for awhile, so we decided to have lunch at this Newburyport institution. I always love the dark, cozy feel of the place, with its ceiling beams, dark wooden walls, and charming bar area. I started out with what may have been the best chili I've had in years, followed by an unusual but very tasty sweet potato burrito. The turkey club was excellent, too, as were the steak fries. We passed on dessert, as we were racing to get back to the Boston area before the snows hit, so we paid up, quickly left Newburyport and jumped on the highway for home, ending another great trip to Southern Maine.
So what was the best meal we had in the Ogunquit area? I would probably say that the food at the Impastable Dream impressed me the most, especially since the name of the place conjured up images of a cheesy, tacky, low-end Italian restaurant. It was anything but that, however, and was probably good enough to be featured on the site sometime in the near future. Stay tuned!
I just found out that the Impastable Dream in Ogunquit has closed its doors. I'm glad I was able to get there before they shut down, but it will definitely be missed.
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