Lobster

Yes I live in Maine and I do like lobster. Though I’ve noticed I don’t eat it that often. Today I decided to try a lobster grilled cheese from High Roller Lobster Company in Portland, Maine. I hadn’t thought of that combination before but it was actually very tasty. The bread and cheese they use went well with the lobster. The fries were dry but the dipping sauces were good. The place does play music and it can be loud in there but I was fine enjoying my meal. Compared to other lobster places they are creative with their offerings. I’d like to try their cheese crisp taco stuffed with lobster.

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Noodles

Today I was very undecided as to where I should go out for lunch. I’ve been working from a list of places that I really want to try. It’s surprising but a lot of places are closed on Mondays so that does limit the choices. I scored a good parking spot on Congress Street in Portland so I decided to go with Mi Sen Noodle Bar. I love noodles and this was one of the places I had been really wanting to check out. I walked in and thought the place looked nice and was given a seat near the window in front. I liked that they have a lunch special so you can try a dish with an appetizer. I went with the chive cake as the appetizer. I had never had one before and it went well with the chili sweet soy sauce. The dish I chose was the dry noodle instead of my usual choice of pad Thai. I was happy I went outside of my comfort zone because the dry noodles with the sen ba mee (egg noodles) it was actually just like how I like my ramen with very little broth. So now I have a new favorite with the dry noodle dish. I liked how attentive and polite the staff was and how delicious the food was. After that experience I would put Mi Sen on my favorites list.

Wandering

Today I decided to check out Schulte & Herr, a German restaurant that had been recommended to me after I asked about it after driving by it. When I went in I took a seat and looked around. I noticed the paintings covering the walls and the music playing that was relaxing. The woman serving me was nice and prompt with providing me the menu. It was hard to decide what to get but I went with the the roasted bratwurst with the sauerkraut and potato salad. I felt like everything complimented each other in the meal with nothing overpowering. I felt like I had been let in on a secret finding this place and finally getting to check it out. I really liked the meal and would like to go back to try more from the menu. I love to try new food especially from different countries and this was a good experience.

Later on I took a short drive to get something sweet from Tin Pan Bakery. I had never been here before and they had lots of treats especially for Easter. I got myself a cream cheese brownie and the sugar cookie for later.

BBQ

I drove around Portland on Monday trying to decide where to eat. Sometimes it can be overwhelming trying to decide. I realized I had no change to use for meters for parking and had to think where I can go that has parking for free. I decided to check out Noble Barbecue on Forest Avenue in Portland. I went when it wasn’t too busy and grabbed some lunch. I got the chopped pork sandwich with the mac n cheese side. I liked how they had toasted the roll and the chopped pork was good mixed with the slaw. The mac n cheese was al dente with a thick cheese sauce. I was so full I probably should have just taken part of it home as leftovers. I liked the home made pickles too that had some bite to them. The inside wasn’t large but there was a good amount of seating with nice decor. They have an interesting menu with more to try liked the smoked spaghetti squash and the option to buy meat by the pound.

Lunch

Today I checked out a new restaurant that took over what used to be Sonny’s. Black Cow Burgers looks similar inside but the menu has changed. They feature burgers, fries, grilled cheese, fish sticks, fountain drinks and cocktails. I went with the cheeseburger with fries and the Brooklyn egg cream drink. The burger was a little messy but delicious. The fries were just right. I had been curious about egg cream drinks and was happy to find a way to try it locally. An egg cream drink doesn’t contain egg or cream. It’s made with milk, carbonated water and a flavored syrup.

Wandering

Today I woke up with a stiff neck so I wasn’t up for much but I still wanted to get out of the house. I decided to travel to Westbrook today. My first stop was at Big Fin Poké, a Hawaiian style restaurant. It reminded me a little of Chipotle where you pick what you want for ingredients. I got the poké bowl with sushi rice, shrimp mixed with spicy aioli, corn and crispy wonton strips. I wasn’t sure what to go with but it did taste good.

I walked over to the new coffee and bookstore Quill Books and Beverage. It was a large space with a nice staff. The book selection was interesting and in categories to make it easy to find what you may like. I got a cold brew with a brownie. They have free WiFi and beer too. Seemed like a good hangout place and saw they will be offering board game nights.

Wandering

Winter is still here. I was home for days and on my day off I feel like I need to leave the house.

Today I went to The Honey Paw for lunch that has been on my list of places to visit since I had heard of it. I went with the ramen which came out in a huge bowl. The broth was yummy and not too spicy. I wish I had eaten the egg first because it got very soft towards the end. The mix of ramen with corn and mushrooms was a good combination. I couldn’t leave without trying the soft serve. I got the caramelized honey with honeycombs and chocolate shell.

After lunch I went to the Maine Historical Society which I’ve never been inside before. I checked out the Maine Eats exhibit. I actually learned a few new things about my home state.

Before I went home I grabbed dinner at Bogusha’s Polish deli and restaurant in Portland on Stevens avenue. I got the polish platter to go to try a few things. It was like comfort food and delicious. The deli made me feel transported to Poland with the small town feel, polish news on the tv and unique groceries like kinder chocolate. The woman making my order had an accent and was pleasant. It’s highly likely I’d go try more off the menu.