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September 2019 Providence and Maine Trip and Cousins Reunion

 
Monday, September 2nd
 
 
In early January, one of my wonderful cousins thought it would be a great idea if all of the cousins on my mother’s side of the family would get together for a reunion, as opposed to a funeral, which, as we get older, is of course inevitable. Since I had missed a number of the funerals (and don’t like funerals in general) I was thrilled by the idea. It was scheduled to be in Kennebunk, Maine, where my Uncle Arnold had a second home for many years. I figured that as long as I was going to be in the area, I would combine it with a short visit to Providence, where I had never been, and where I had seen many photos of Roadfood gatherings and events.
I flew into Providence, got my rental car, and headed south to Narragansett to Champlin’s Seafood Restaurant. They are a restaurant, retail fish market, and bakery and ice cream store all in one building.

 

 

 
The setting on the water was wonderful.

 
The view from my table.

 

 

 
I had my first of what turned out to be nine lobster rolls in seven days. It was interesting to see how different lobster rolls can be. It was great, and so were the onion rings.

 

 

 

 

 
From the seafood restaurant I went over to the ice cream shop, The Sweet Spot.

 

 

 

 

 
Since I was planning on another ice cream stop next, I went with an Oreo kiddie cup. It was very good.

 

 
 
Champlin’s Seafood Deck
256 Great Island Rd.
Narragansett, RI 
https://champlins.com
 
 
My next stop was Brickley’s Ice Cream, which was really terrific. My flavors were heath and pistachio. Both were excellent, although a little on the sweet side. I really like pistachio ice cream that isn’t that odd shade of green you see so often. I also like it with large pieces of pistachio, which this had. While I still prefer Leopold’s in Savannah, I was really happy to have had this.

 

 
A very extensive menu.








 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Brickley’s Ice Cream
921 Boston Neck Road
Narragansett, RI 
https://www.facebook.com/brickleysicecream/
 
 
 
My second lunch stop was at Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, the legendary New Haven restaurant opened in 1925. This was their branch in Warwick, very close to the Providence airport. While I really liked it a lot, I think my choice of fresh tomatoes, Italian olives, and onions to go with my pepperoni was a miscalculation. Fresh tomatoes on pizza, while I like the idea in theory, never really lives up to my expectations. The tomatoes obviously get very hot, which makes it difficult to eat. The onions were basically raw, (too many of them for me), and they overbalanced the rest of the flavors.

 

 

 

 

 

 
I really liked this very simple salad a lot.

 

 

 
 
Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana
21 Universal Blvd.
Warwick, RI 
https://pepespizzeria.com/warwick/
 
 
My next stop was LaSalle Bakery. I had fairly high hopes for this place, because in reading about it I was sure they had talked about pie slices. No such luck. That may have been during a holiday period, but today they had one whole pie, and no slices at all. Everything looked good, so I ordered a few other items. Everything was pretty good, nothing particularly outstanding.

 
Best Bakery in Rhode Island? I had my doubts.

 

 

 

 
I ordered one of these.....

 
..... one of these.....














 
..... and one of these.

 

 
Apple slice.

 

 
Raspberry rugelach. I think this was my favorite of the three.

 

 

 
 
LaSalle Bakery
993 Smith Street
Providence, RI 
http://lasallebakery.net/wp/bakery/
 
 
My sixth stop of the day, and third ice cream stop, was at Newport Creamery. Roadfooders have a mantra about never going to chains, and in general I think it’s a good idea, but I thought maybe this one would be an exception. After all, Graeter’s is a chain. Unfortunately, this was no Graeter’s. I had a taste of the pistachio and couldn’t even eat what was on the taster spoon. I ordered my standard cookies and cream and strawberry, took a few bites and dumped it.

 

 

 
 
Newport Creamery
673 Smith Street
Providence, RI 
https://www.newportcreamery.com
 
 
My next stop was going to be Stanley’s for a “Famous Hamburger”, but they were closed, most likely because it was Labor Day. Just as well.

 
 
Stanley’s Famous Hamburgers
535 Dexter St.
Central Falls, RI 
https://www.stanleyshamburgers.com
 
 
My last stop of the day was dinner at Andino’s, an excellent old school Italian restaurant in the Federal Hill district.

 

 

 

 

 

 
The bread and oil with parmesan cheese mixed in was a great start.

 
When the Roadfood group came here last year this place was one of their highlights and the ChiTownDiner, the late, greatly missed Gregg Pill raved about the shrimp Francaise. Since the shrimp appetizers are sold by the piece, I got two of the Francaise and one shrimp scampi. I liked the Francaise better, and it really was wonderful, although the scampi was also very good.

 

 

 
I really liked this Caesar salad.

 
My main course was linguini aglio e olio. Swimming in the sauce, it lacked a certain amount of flavor. I probably should have asked for more cheese, and added some pepper. I still really enjoyed it, although it was enough for four people and I had to leave an awful lot of it.

 
 
Andino’s
171 Atwells Ave.
Providence, RI 
https://andinosprovidence.com

 
Much more to come.....
 
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Re: September 2019 Providence and Maine Trip and Cousins Reunion 2019/10/13 22:10:46 (permalink)
What a great culinary adventure!
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Re: September 2019 Providence and Maine Trip and Cousins Reunion 2019/10/13 23:08:27 (permalink)
Why, oh why, oh why did I look at this thread just before bedtime?  Gorgeous pictures, David.
 
Looking forward to future installments.
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Re: September 2019 Providence and Maine Trip and Cousins Reunion 2019/10/13 23:45:11 (permalink)
Tuesday, September 3rd
 



 
My first stop today was at Bagel Gourmet, a recommendation from Dale Fine, aka Wandering Jew, and it was great stop. I had a terrific sesame bagel toasted with butter. Probably not quite at the level of H & H Bagels, Zabar’s, or Mesuggah Bagels in Kansas City (remarkably), but nipping at their heels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Bagel Gourmet
250 Brook Street
Providence, RI 
http://bagelgourmetcafe.com
 
 
The next stop was at Allie’s Donuts. I had pretty high hopes for this place after reading about it, but it was pretty disappointing. They open at 5 am, but I didn’t get there until just after 9. Maybe if I had been there much earlier the donuts would have tasted fresher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
I had a regular glazed raised.....

 
..... an old fashioned with coconut sprinkles.....

 
..... and a chocolate cake glazed. I had a few bites of each and dumped them. The coconut was the best of the three, but even that one seemed stale. The chocolate tasted like it was days and days old, although I’m sure it wasn’t.

 
 
Allie’s Donuts
3661 Quaker Lane
North Kingstown, RI 
https://www.facebook.com/pg/AlliesDonuts/about/?ref=page_internal
 
 
My third breakfast of the day (or possibly first lunch) was at Dante’s Kitchen in East Greenwich, another Dale Fine recommendation. East Greenwich seems to be a very nice little town.

 

 

 
They had a few tables outside, which I took advantage of.

 
This stop wasn’t as successful as the Bagel Gourmet, but to be fair, Dale had highly recommended the shrimp and grits, which is not something I would normally order. At any rate, I decided to give it a try, because the menu was intriguing.

 

 

 
I had my usual biscuit and order of bacon.

 
I didn’t like the biscuit, although it had some good flavor because of being griddled.

 

 
But the bacon was very good.

 
I had thought about getting the beignets, but because they came six to an order, I skipped it. I did, however, order the gumbo. I enjoyed this quite a bit. It was very flavorful and very spicy.

 

 
Dante's Kitchen
315 Main Street
East Greenwich 
http://www.danteskitchenri.com
 
 
My actual lunch today was at Matunuck Oyster Bar, another recommendation from Dale Fine. This was a great stop, a beautiful setting on the water, an excellent lobster roll and very good hand cut fries. Thanks again Dale.

 

 

 

 

 

 
I really enjoyed this, although my minor complaint is that the roll was a bit thick and bready, so I wind up pulling quite a bit of it off.

 

 

 

 
Matunuck Oyster Bar
629 Succotash Rd.
South Kingstown, RI 
https://www.rhodyoysters.com



After the fine lobster roll, I headed back to downtown Providence to Pastiche Bakery. As disappointing as the LaSalle Bakery was the day before, this was a really good bakery.

 
There were many, many good-looking choices. If I had been with three or four more people, we could have tried 8 or 10 items, but by myself it just wasn’t possible. Alas!

 

 

 

 
The brownies looked really good.

 
So did the lemon poppy scone and the cookies.

 
I was seduced by the lemon square.

 

 
I had a piece of good key lime pie.

 

 

 
I also got the lemon square and a currant walnut rugelach. Everything was very good, and I loved the presentation of the key lime pie.

 

 

 

 
 
Pastiche Bakery
92 Spruce Street
Providence, RI 
http://pastichefinedesserts.com
 
 
What comes after pastries? Ice cream, of course. The next stop was the Ice Cream Machine, another recommendation from Dale. It pretty good, much better than Newport Creamery. There were so many flavors to choose from it was difficult to decide. I picked Reese’s Pieces and Strawberry. I didn’t love the Reese’s, but the strawberry was pretty good.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Ice Cream Machine
4288 Diamond Hill Rd
Cumberland, RI 
http://www.icecreampie.com
 
 
I had a hard time deciding on where to have dinner. There were several places I had read about and really wanted to try, including another Italian restaurant (Al Forno) and a couple of burger places (Stanley’s and Harry’s Bar and Burger, which Dale had highly recommended), but Frank Pepe’s kept nagging at me. As much as I had enjoyed it, it was a bit disappointing. I wanted to try a more traditional approach to the pizza and tonight went with a tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, with double pepperoni. I enjoyed it much more and this time I loved it, some of the best pizza I have ever had.

 

 

 
I also had the same salad as yesterday, which I had really liked, and really liked again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana
21 Universal Blvd.
Warwick, RI 
https://pepespizzeria.com/warwick/


Much more to come.....


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Re: September 2019 Providence and Maine Trip and Cousins Reunion 2019/10/14 01:29:20 (permalink)
Wednesday, September 4th
 



This morning I was leaving for Kennebunk. I began the day with a return to Bagel Gourmet and another excellent sesame bagel, toasted with butter.

 

 

 
My next stop was Wein-O-Rama, a little restaurant that specializes in hot weiners, served with chili and onions. When the Roadfood group had been in Providence last year it had been closed, so I decided to try it. I got there about 8 a.m., sat down at the counter after perusing the menu and ordered a hot weiner. Surprise, they don’t start making them until 9:30. I wasn’t going to wait around for an hour and a half, so I left and headed on towards Maine.

 

 

 

 
 
Wein-O-Rama
1009 Oaklawn Ave.
Cranston, RI 
https://www.yelp.com/biz/wein-o-rama-cranston
 
 
 
One of the highlights of this trip, and something I had been greatly looking forward to, was stopping in Hampstead, New Hampshire, on the way to Kennebunk, to see Crystal MacDonald, who had worked for about six years at the Chicago Symphony in the production office, and left to move to New Hampshire. I didn’t know that one of Crystal’s hobbies was pie baking, and that she would occasionally bring a pie to work. She had also won a pie competition in Chicago. A couple of years ago she opened a pie stand in the front yard of her house. I had seen this type of thing on a food channel show many years ago. It runs on the honor system. She puts the pies out, people line up in their cars, you take your pie (if there are any left) and you put your money in a lock box in the stand. Often times the stand sells out in three or four minutes! I just had to try it, and I’m so glad I did. I pre-ordered my pies, two mini pies for today, a cherry and a blueberry, and four full size pies, blueberry, apple, pecan, and peach raspberry, which I had arranged to come back for on Friday (about an hour ten minutes from Kennebunk) to bring to our reunion.

 

 

 

 
The mini cherry. I was actually surprised at how heavy both of the mini pies were. It’s because they are so packed with fruit. These are really first-rate pies, with an excellent crust and a great tasting filling.

 

 

 
The mini blueberry.

 

 

 
Thanks Crystal!

 
 
Live Free or Pie Stand
455 East Road
Hampstead, NH 
https://www.instagram.com/livefreeorpiestand/


My next stop was at the Clam Box of Ipswich, highly recommended by Roadfood legend Cliff Strutz, aka Buffetbuster. I don’t think I had had clams since the clam roll at the Howard Johnson’s, over 40 years ago. I was advised by the man in line in front of me not to get clam strips, but to go with whole belly clams, which I did.

 

 

 

 

 

 
I got a clam roll, but there were so many clams it was difficult to find the roll.

 
I liked the clams, although I really do like fried shrimp more.

 

 
I loved the onion rings.

 

 
 
Clam Box of Ipswich
246 High Street
Ipswich, MA 
http://clamboxipswich.com
 
 
On my way to my next planned stop I passed an ice cream shop and I thought I really needed to investigate it. I was disappointed when I found out that they didn’t make the ice cream in house, but it was pretty good. I had Pistachio and Wild Blueberry Ride, which had some good blueberry flavor.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Haley's Ice Cream
168 Rt. 1 Traffic Circle
Newburyport, MA 
https://www.instagram.com/p/B2AzWpugR47/



Shortly after crossing into Maine I reached the town of Kittery and Bob’s Clam Hut. Since I had just had clams at the Clam Box, and because I had decided that I’m not really a big fan of clams, I went with a lobster roll. When I ordered at the window I asked if they had a side of shrimp, because I wanted to try them. Unfortunately, the smallest amount was a $20 side box, and I didn’t want to order two meals. But when they called my number and I picked up my order I found a small basket of shrimp that they had given me as a gift. How very nice they are!

 

 

 

 

 
I really didn’t have any room to try the ice cream. I should have gotten a whoopie pie!

 

 
This was my lobster roll, onion rings, and the side of fried shrimp. Everything was great!

 
I loved the onion rings.

 
The lobster roll was great, and the roll itself was perfect. Perfectly grilled, lots of butter, etc. It might not have been the best lobster roll of the trip, but it was certainly the best roll!

 

 

 

 
 
Bob’s Clam Hut
315 US Route 1
Kittery, ME 
https://www.bobsclamhut.com
 
 
My next stop was at Beal’s Ice Cream in Portland, another great recommendation from Cliff. They have very interesting flavors, and I had a taste of their ginger ice cream, and I liked it, but I thought it might be too much for an entire scoop. I went with the more traditional cookies and cream and blueberry. It really was great.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Beale's Ice Cream
12 Moulton St. Old Port
Portland, ME 
http://www.bealsicecream.com
 
 
My dinner tonight was at the Roadfood legendary Maine Diner, highly recommended by Cliff. What a great place. An old-fashioned diner atmosphere, very busy, bustling people, friendly waitresses, and great food.

 

 

 

 

 
My meal started with a wonderful corn muffin.

 

 
Cliff had recommended the lobster pie, which I ordered, and it was absolutely wonderful.

 
Indescribably buttery and decadent.

 

 

 

 

 
The hand cut fries were great.

 
Excellent coleslaw.

 
For dessert I had the blueberry pie with ice cream. The filling of the pie was very good, and the ice cream was also very good, but I have to say I didn’t like or even understand the crust. It didn’t really taste like a pie crust to me, but the rest of the meal was so great it really didn’t bother me.

 

 

 
 
Maine Diner
2265 Post Road Route 1
Wells, ME 
http://mainediner.com
 
 
Much more to come.....
 
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Re: September 2019 Providence and Maine Trip and Cousins Reunion 2019/10/14 02:15:32 (permalink)
Thursday, September 5th
 
 
I started the morning driving from Kennebunk towards Portland and stopped in Scarborough, Maine, at The Holy Donut. They are famous (?) for potato donuts, although the donuts aren’t made from potatoes. They add some potato to the normal ingredients, and it’s supposed to do something for them. Frankly, I was pretty disappointed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
I had a dark chocolate glazed, Maine apple (unfortunately, they had switched from blueberry to apple two days ago), and a vegan (gasp, no!) lemon, which I was assured I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference (I could). All three of the donuts seemed very heavy and none seemed worth the calories. I took a couple of bites of each and dumped them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
The Holy Donut
US Route 1 398
Scarborough, ME 
https://theholydonut.com
 
 
Next up was the Scratch Baking Company. They had lots of great looking things, you take a tissue paper and serve yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
I took a croissant and my first thought from the feel of it was that I had made a mistake.

 
It was better than I thought it would be, although certainly nothing like a great croissant.

 
I also took a wonderful looking slice of banana bread. It was very moist and had good flavor, but I didn’t love it. In looking at the pictures as I do this report I noticed for the first time that it was vegan, and I wonder if that’s why I didn’t love it. It was better than I would have expected a vegan banana bread to be!

 

 

 
 
Scratch Baking Co.
416 Preble Street
South Portland, ME 
https://www.scratchbakingco.com
 
 
My next stop was another fantastic recommendation from Cliff, Red’s Eats, in Wiscasset, Maine. Cliff had said it is the best lobster roll in all of Maine, and warned me about the long lines. I got there about 20 minutes before the opened and by the time they opened the line was down the block.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
It was the huge dog’s fourth birthday party!

 
Feeling a little left out? Not for long. One of the workers brought this one over some pieces of lobster and a hot dog.

 
This lobster roll was nothing short of spectacular. I’m not sure what the roll was there for, but after eating lobster for about ten minutes I finally made enough of a dent in it that I could pick it up. I took one bite and put it back down and went at it again with the fork. I just can’t imagine how much lobster was in that roll.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The onion rings were darker than the first order I saw come out, and close to being overdone, but they were still terrific. This was a great, great meal.

 
 
Red's Eats
41 Water Street
Wiscasset, ME 
https://www.redseatsmaine.com
 
 
My next stop was Two Fat Cats bakery at the South Portland branch. I was very lucky to get the last slice of blueberry pie. It was very good, with a wonderful filling. The top crust was great, but the back crust was not nearly as good as the rest of the slice. Maybe because it was a little older, or because it had been sitting in a plastic container? At any rate, I was still very happy to have had it.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Two Fat Cats Bakery
740 Broadway
South Portland, ME
https://www.twofatcatsbakery.com



After pie you really need a little ice cream, right? The next stop was Mount Desert Island Ice Cream. I was very glad to try this second Portland ice cream shop, and it was very good, but I would give the edge to Beal’s. I had cookies and Maine cream and Maine strawberry. I enjoyed it very much.

 
How true!

 

 

 

 
 
Mount Desert Island Ice Cream
51 Exchange St.
Portland, ME 
http://www.mdiic.com
 
 
While the reunion wasn’t scheduled to start until tomorrow, my cousin Leah had come to Kennebunk (it’s her family’s house that will be the home base of our reunion) that afternoon, so we met for dinner. We started with a wonderful walk along Kennebunk Beach. It was a glorious evening and the sunset was breathtaking. It was wonderful reconnecting with her, since we haven’t seen each other in many years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
For dinner we headed over to Mabel’s Claw in Kennebunkport, across the Kennebunk River from Kennebunk. Leah’s parents, my Aunt and Uncle, used to enjoy this restaurant a lot, and it was excellent.

 
It was a bit too chilly to eat outside.

 

 
It’s part bar and part restaurant.

 

 

 

 
We split a dinner of really good shrimp stuffed with lobster meat, with sides of a baked potato and broccoli, and a lobster roll, with fries and slaw.

 
Pretty bad and blurry photo of the shrimp.

 

 

 

 

 
The lobster roll was really excellent.

 

 

 
There were two desserts that sounded really good, and we ordered both, a peanut butter ice cream pie and a slice of blueberry pie with a (very large) scoop of vanilla ice cream. For some reason the waitress decided that the icebox peanut butter pie should be put in the microwave for a few seconds to defrost it a bit and make it easier to eat (?). It pretty much lost it’s structure and started seriously melting almost immediately. It was still very good.

 

 
The blueberry pie was excellent.

 

 
 
Mabel’s Lobster Claw
124 Ocean Ave.
Kennebunkport, ME 
https://mabelslobster.com
 
 
Much more to come.....
 
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Re: September 2019 Providence and Maine Trip and Cousins Reunion 2019/10/14 08:11:15 (permalink)
What a GREAT trip!!!  Now I want lobster and onion rings!
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Re: September 2019 Providence and Maine Trip and Cousins Reunion 2019/10/14 11:49:47 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby joerogo 2019/10/15 10:57:03
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I made my first pass through this thread around 4am today and was inspired to have leftover pizza for breakfast.
 
Red's onion rings look great...I like mine really dark like that!
 
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Re: September 2019 Providence and Maine Trip and Cousins Reunion 2019/10/14 12:04:34 (permalink)
What a great trip.
 
You've already got so many outstanding places on there. I love the Maine Diner!
 
This reminds me of how long it's been since I went to New England.
 
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Re: September 2019 Providence and Maine Trip and Cousins Reunion 2019/10/14 12:11:32 (permalink)
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This reminds me of how long it's been since I went to New England.

Sounds like you need a Weekend in New England, Barry.
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Re: September 2019 Providence and Maine Trip and Cousins Reunion 2019/10/14 12:13:29 (permalink)
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What a great trip.
 
You've already got so many outstanding places on there. I love the Maine Diner!
 
This reminds me of how long it's been since I went to New England.
 




 
Ditto on the Maine Diner.  It's been many years since I went there.  I recall it was late in October when a lot of other places had closed for the season.  I was driving down to Manchester, NH, after giving a talk at the University of Maine in Orono, and was so delighted it was open.  I had the lobster pie, too, and I still have a refrigerator magnet and a tee shirt, as mementos.
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Re: September 2019 Providence and Maine Trip and Cousins Reunion 2019/10/14 14:03:32 (permalink)
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What a great trip.
 
You've already got so many outstanding places on there. I love the Maine Diner!
 
This reminds me of how long it's been since I went to New England.
 




 
Ditto on the Maine Diner.  It's been many years since I went there.  I recall it was late in October when a lot of other places had closed for the season.  I was driving down to Manchester, NH, after giving a talk at the University of Maine in Orono, and was so delighted it was open.  I had the lobster pie, too, and I still have a refrigerator magnet and a tee shirt, as mementos.



I think I ordered the Jim Nance Special, which I believe is a cup of their famous seafood chowder with a choice of warm or cold lobster roll when I ate there, probably about 10-12 years ago.
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Re: September 2019 Providence and Maine Trip and Cousins Reunion 2019/10/14 14:12:06 (permalink)
Great report David...I really need to get home...next year? 
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Re: September 2019 Providence and Maine Trip and Cousins Reunion 2019/10/14 15:01:17 (permalink)
Friday, September 6th
 
 
I started this morning at Congdon’s Doughnuts. While I think the donuts in Evanston and Chicago are better, I certainly enjoyed these much more than yesterday’s donuts. They were very good.

 

 
Once again, I didn’t have a whoopie pie.

 
I also didn’t have this huge donut.

 
Many of the numerous choices looked very good.

 

 

 

 
I had a chocolate honey (chocolate cake with a glaze), plain, and powdered sugar blueberry filled. They were all good, but I think I liked the chocolate cake the best.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Congdon's Doughnuts
1090 Post Road - Route One
Wells, ME 
https://www.congdons.com



 
Breakfast number two today was at Boulangerie in Kennebunk. I had gone in late in the day yesterday just to take a look and decided it would be a good place. I was right! They had lots of really good-looking items and I was really looking forward to it. I wasn’t disappointed.

 
A small but nice little outdoor patio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Of course, I had to try the butter croissant. It was really excellent.

 
Very buttery.

 
The baguette had been out of the oven for about 25 minutes, but they offered to warm it up for me and asked if I would like some butter to go with it! (I said yes.) It was very, very good.

 

 
Someone left some bread for the birds.

 
 
Boulangerie
5 Nasons Court #12
Kennebunk, ME 
http://www.aproperbakery.com
 
 
My next stop was the airport to pick up two of my cousins, my first cousin Marjorie, and my first cousin once removed Stephanie. Our first stop was getting them checked in at our hotel.

 
The very helpful hotel worker and her very helpful pup.

 
After checking in we went for lunch at The Clam Shack, the legendary seafood stand on the bridge of the Kennebunk River, with outdoor seating only.

 

 

 
I was ready to fight off the seagulls, but we didn’t see even one.

 
We ordered two lobster rolls, fried clams, onion rings and fries. I knew that the lobster rolls came on a hamburger bun instead of a grilled hot dog bun. I don’t know why, and I don’t think it’s as good this way.

 

 

 
When you order the lobster roll, they ask if you want it with drawn butter or mayonnaise. I didn’t really understand how that would translate, but I ordered it with mayo, and there really was just too much mayo on the bun. The lobster was excellent.

 
I just had a couple of the clams, and they were quite good.

 
The onion rings and the fries were very good.

 

 

 
We really had a great time.

 

 
 
The Clam Shack
2 Western Ave.
Kennebunkport, ME 
http://www.theclamshack.net
 
 
After lunch I headed back to New Hampshire and the Live Free or Pie Stand to pick up the four pies I had ordered for the reunion. On the way there I stopped at Flo’s Hot Dogs, an interesting little roadside stand, for a snack. The main attraction here is the secret hot dog relish, which is available online, that adds a bit of spice to the dog. It was good, and I enjoyed the experience, but it’s not something I would go out of my way for again.

 

 

 
A really small space.

 

 

 

 

 
I only got one, and I was the only person in the line who only ordered one. Of course, I was probably also the only person in line who had just eaten a lobster roll.

 

 
 
Flo's Hot Dogs
1359 US 1
Cape Neddick, ME 
https://www.floshotdogs.com
 
 
The reunion was in full force now, with people arriving all afternoon and into the evening. Some would be coming in very late that night or the next morning. We met at Leah and her sister Molly’s house for conversation and a few appetizers. From left to right: Stephanie, Mikey (brother and sister, and my first cousins once removed) and their sister Allison’s fiancé Johnny.

 
Allison (first cousin once removed).

 
My first cousin Eric.

 

 

 
My first cousin Jerry, Marjorie’s brother.

 
My first cousins Molly and Leah.

 
Allison, Stephanie, and their mother Sherry, Jerry’s wife.

 
 
It was difficult to find a place that was open late enough and that would take a party of 14, so we wound up at Allisson’s Restaurant in downtown Kennebunkport. We started out split up over two tables, but after a while, as people started to leave, we were able to sit at several tables pushed together.

 
The two children on the left side of the table are Eric and his wife Fana’s son and daughter, Elias and Elsa.

 
Sitting next to Eric is his wife Fana.

 

 

 

 

 
I had another lobster roll, which had way too much mayonnaise.

 

 
The fries were pretty good.

 
I really enjoyed my Caesar salad.

 
 
Allison’s Restaurant
11 Dock Square
Kennebunkport, ME 
http://alissons.com
 
 
After dinner about half of the group headed back to the house for more conversation, and for some pie from Live Free or Pie Stand. We started with the blueberry pie, and everyone loved it.

 

 
 
Much more to come.....
 
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Re: September 2019 Providence and Maine Trip and Cousins Reunion 2019/10/14 15:22:58 (permalink)
This is like reliving my past. I've been to Kennebunkport a few times, but mainly during the 90s. It's one of my favorite small towns in which to spend a day or two.
 
Allison's was a dinner stop the first time I was there. I think I had a whole  lobster dinner.
 
Actually, the lobster dish that I became a fanatical fan of during my 90s visits to Maine was lobster stew. I'd order it almost everywhere I ate.
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Re: September 2019 Providence and Maine Trip and Cousins Reunion 2019/10/14 18:41:09 (permalink)
Saturday, September 7th



We were having a late breakfast this morning at the house, but I started the day with a return trip to Boulangerie. I had another croissant, and another demi baguette, and once again they were both excellent.

 

 
For the life of me I can’t figure out why I also didn’t have a mini Wild Maine Blueberry Hand Pie. A real missed opportunity.

 
The scones looked really good also.

 
I really did enjoy the croissant and the baguette again.

 

 

 

 
 
Boulangerie
5 Nasons Court #12
Kennebunk, ME 
http://www.aproperbakery.com
 
 
After Boulangerie I went back to the house for a mid-morning (second) breakfast with my family. This meant bringing out the next two Live Free or Pie Stand pies, the peach raspberry and pecan. Two more great pies. And another great gathering of my cousins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
My first cousins Marjorie and Selena.

 
Mikey, first cousin Robin, Sherry, and Johnny. And bagels and lox!

 
Robin, Sherry and Stephanie.

 
First cousin Michael.

 
Jerry and me.

 
 
After spending several hours talking about ourselves and our families, we went to the beach. It was a beautiful day. Eric and his son Elias, Michael, Leah, Johnny, and Allison.

 
Jerry and Leah.

 
Robin and me.

 
 
Our next event was an early dinner at Fisherman’s Catch in nearby Wells. We had about 18 by then and one large table wasn’t possible, so we split into two adjacent tables. It’s a good thing we went so early because a long line started to form pretty quickly.

 

 

 
I love the paper towels hanging from the lobster hanging from the wooden beam.

 

 

 
I gave away the other half of this really large and excellent Caesar salad.

 
A very good lobster roll and fries.

 

 

 
We got some very good onion rings for the table.

 
Selena had the whole lobster dinner.

 
So did Marjorie.

 
So did Allison and Johnny. Too much work for me. I prefer the lobster rolls.

 
We ordered a few desserts for our table, including an icebox key lime pie.....

 

 
..... blueberry pie ala mode.....

 

 

 
..... and a huge strawberry shortcake that must have weighed three pounds. (I didn’t have any, but I did pick up the bowl.)

 
It was a lovely dinner. Our second cousin Paula, the granddaughter of our Grandfather’s brother, was part of the reunion, but couldn’t make it to this dinner. Somehow I managed not to get any pictures of her.

 
 
Fisherman's Catch
134 Harbor Road
Wells, ME
https://www.fishermanscatchwells.com
 
 
After the three desserts we shared at dinner, we headed over to Big Daddy’s Ice Cream in Wells. It was quite good.

 

 
I had a scoop of Maine Blueberry. I wanted to get a second flavor but didn’t want to get a larger size.

 
Stephanie got a cone with Maine Blueberry and something else I’ve forgotten.

 
I think Marjorie also got Maine Blueberry, but I’m not sure.

 
Out in the parking lot were some exquisite Samoyeds in the back of a car, including one who had had some minor surgery and had to wear a cone. Their owner was sharing her ice cream with them.

 

 

 

 
 
Big Daddy's Ice Cream
2165 Post Road
Wells, ME 
http://www.bigdaddysicecream.net
 
 
We ended the day with a return visit to the beach. It was high tide and very different than our earlier visit. The waves were coming over the brick wall, into the street.

 

 

 

 

 

 
There were a couple of beautiful poodles at the beach. Molly is befriending them.

 

 
 
More to come.....
 
 
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Sunday, September 8th
 


 
My first breakfast was at 1690 Bakeshop + Café. It had been on my list of possibilities, but I put if off because I was enjoying Boulangerie so much. I had driven by it yesterday and decided to give it a try this morning.

 

 

 

 

 
I had the cherry and white chocolate scone and the butter croissant.

 
Not sure why this photo came out so blurry.

 
I really liked this scone.

 
The croissant was very good, if not quite as good as the ones I had had the past two days.

 

 

 
 
1690 House Bakeshop + Café
1690 Post Rd
Wells, ME 
https://www.1690house.com
 
 
I was backing my car out of my hotel parking space after picking up my cousin Marjorie to go to breakfast no. 2 at Boulangerie when who do I see in the rear-view mirror but Cliff and Mariton. I knew they were in the Portland area but had no idea they had stayed at my hotel last night. What a wonderful coincidence. I told them what bakery we were going to, fully expecting that they would have been there before, but they weren’t aware of it. We headed over there and had a great time.

 
Unfortunately, they were out of the plain croissants and baguettes that I had liked so much the first two days. I had a chocolate croissant which was good but not as good as the plain, and a key lime and raspberry scone.

 

 

 

 
We also had a monkey bread muffin.....

 
..... a blueberry danish, and a chocolate chip cookie (not pictured). Everything was very good. I can’t believe I didn’t get a picture of Cliff and Mariton.

 
 
Boulangerie
5 Nasons Court #12
Kennebunk, ME 
http://www.aproperbakery.com
 
 
We went back to the house for a while. Johnny had brought donuts from Congdon’s, but I think I skipped it, since I had already had two breakfasts, and had already had the donuts a couple of days earlier.

 

 

 
 
Walking around the outside of the house I found the wonderful sight of a number of Monarch butterflies flying around and feeding on the flowering plants around the house.

 

 

 

 
 
Jerry and Marjorie and I went back to the Clam Shack, because Jerry hadn’t been there yet, and it’s one of his favorite places in the area. We shared a lobster roll, fried clams, which Jerry had been waiting for, and fried shrimp, which I wanted to try. We also got onion rings and fries.

 
This time I ordered the lobster roll with melted butter (served on the side) instead of mayonnaise, but I didn’t bother with the butter because it didn’t anything at all. I still prefer the grilled hot dog bun, but it was very good, and my ninth lobster roll of the trip.

 
I tried a couple of the clams and they also were really good.

 

 
I liked the small fried shrimp a lot.

 
We enjoyed everything.

 

 
 
The Clam Shack
2 Western Ave.
Kennebunk, ME 
http://www.theclamshack.net
 
 
I had gotten a text from Cliff a day earlier about the Scoop Deck Ice Cream shop in Wells, which I hadn’t heard of. I told my family that I was going, and a small group of us met there. There are so many interesting flavors it was difficult to choose. I went with blueberry crumble and peanut butter Iditarod, and it was great. Marjorie and Michael enjoyed it also.

 

 

 

 
Really fantastic.

 

 

 
 
Scoop Deck
6 Eldridge Rd.
Wells, ME 
http://www.scoopdeck.com
 
 
We went back to the house and decided to go to the Colony Hotel, right on the river with an absolutely stunning view, before having dinner at the house. We tried to order some drinks and appetizers on the deck, but the mosquitos were out in full force, so we went inside.

 

 

 
Another beautiful evening.

 

 
We were able to find a large round table which accommodated us.

 
Waiting for a table for two?

 
All tuckered out.

 
 
Colony Hotel
140 Ocean Ave.
Kennebunkport, ME 
https://colonymaine.com
 
 
After the hotel we went back to the house to spend our last evening together. We had homemade pizzas and the last of the Live Free or Pie Stand pies, the apple. It was wonderful, even though it was now three days old.

 

 

 

 

 
 
More to come.....
 
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Monday, September 9th
 



Before heading to the airport, I went into Portland to the Standard Baking Company, the only bakery in the area that I found that is open on Mondays. It had been on my list and I had driven past it several times. It was okay, not as good as Boulangerie or 1690 Bakery.

 

 

 

 

 

 
The croissant was really just okay.

 

 
The blueberry oat scone was good.

 

 
 
Standard Baking Company
75 Commercial Street Portland, ME 
https://standardbakingco.com
 
 
I had a wonderful time on this trip, reuniting with my cousins and going to many new to me restaurants, bakeries, pie shops, ice cream parlors, etc. It was my first time Roadfooding in the Northeast, and I hope to be able to do it again in the future.
 
Here is a summary, such that it is.
 
My favorites (in no particular order)
 
Frank Pepe’s Pizza (second visit)
Red’s Eats
Maine Diner
Brickley’s Ice Cream
Bagel Gourmet
Live Free or Pie Stand
Bob’s Clam Hut
Beale’s Ice Cream
Boulangerie
Scoop Deck Ice Cream
 
Runners up:
 
Champlin’s Seafood Deck Andino’s
Matunuck Oyster Bar
Clam Box of Ipswich
Two Fat Cats Bakery
1690 Bakery and Cafe
Mabel’s Lobster Claw
 
Very Good:
 
Frank Pepe’s Pizza (first visit)
The Sweet Spot Ice Cream
Pastiche Bakery
Ice Cream Machine
Scratch Baking Company
Mount Desert Island Ice Cream
Congdon’s Doughnuts
The Clam Shack
Fisherman’s Catch
 
Good:
 
Dante’s Kitchen
Haley’s Ice Cream
Flo’s Hot Dogs
LaSalle Bakery
Big Daddy’s Ice Cream
Standard Baking Company
 
A disappointment:
 
Newport Creamery
Allie’s Donuts
Holy Donut
Alison’s Restaurant
 
 
Thanks for reading!
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The homemade pizza looks amazing.
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Re: September 2019 Providence and Maine Trip and Cousins Reunion 2019/10/15 09:39:59 (permalink)
Similar to what David said, we knew he was in the Portland area at the same time as we were, but there was no talk of us getting together.  He had his family reunion and we had our own agenda.  Besides, we were spending the following weekend with David in North Carolina.
 
I was putting luggage into the back of our SUV when I heard someone yelling, "Cliff, Cliff".  What were the odds that not only were we staying at the same hotel as David, but that we would be in the parking lot at the same time?
 
We were planning on going out for breakfast, but when David told us about this great bakery five minutes down the road, we were happy to tag along.  Very good pastries, great company and David's cousin Marjorie was an absolute delight.  So glad that we ran into each other.
 
I wish I could take credit for such places as Maine Diner, Red's Eats and The Clam Box, but all three have been Roadfood stalwarts for many years. 
 
If I get time, I will probably add a few photos of where we went during our weekend in Maine, too.
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Similar to what David said, we knew he was in the Portland area at the same time as we were, but there was no talk of us getting together.  He had his family reunion and we had our own agenda.  Besides, we were spending the following weekend with David in North Carolina.
 
I was putting luggage into the back of our SUV when I heard someone yelling, "Cliff, Cliff".  What were the odds that not only were we staying at the same hotel as David, but that we would be in the parking lot at the same time?
 
We were planning on going out for breakfast, but when David told us about this great bakery five minutes down the road, we were happy to tag along.  Very good pastries, great company and David's cousin Marjorie was an absolute delight.  So glad that we ran into each other.
 
I wish I could take credit for such places as Maine Diner, Red's Eats and The Clam Box, but all three have been Roadfood stalwarts for many years. 
 
If I get time, I will probably add a few photos of where we went during our weekend in Maine, too.


Cliff, maybe you can't take credit for Maine Diner and Red's Eats, but with so many places to choose from in a limited amount of time, your comments and suggestions will always help with making a final decision. I had seen Red's Eats on Roadfood, but decided it wasn't going to be worth the hour and a half trip from Kennebunk, and I would just go somewhere else, in Portland. Your recommendation easily convinced me that it would be worth it, and boy, was it worth it. Of course, recommendations are just that, somebody's opinion of a place. Just looking through the Roadfood listings of places in Maine, Red's Eats is Legendary, but so is The Holy Donut, but Beale's Ice Cream, which I loved, is only rated Good.
 
It would be great if you added your photos to this thread.
 
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The homemade pizza looks amazing.


It was wonderful.
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Re: September 2019 Providence and Maine Trip and Cousins Reunion 2019/10/15 10:42:07 (permalink)
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This is like reliving my past. I've been to Kennebunkport a few times, but mainly during the 90s. It's one of my favorite small towns in which to spend a day or two.
 
Allison's was a dinner stop the first time I was there. I think I had a whole  lobster dinner.
 
Actually, the lobster dish that I became a fanatical fan of during my 90s visits to Maine was lobster stew. I'd order it almost everywhere I ate.


Phlmaestro, I had been to Kennebunk a couple of times, back in the 80s, but it was long before I was a Roadfooder. 
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Re: September 2019 Providence and Maine Trip and Cousins Reunion 2019/10/15 10:46:21 (permalink)
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What a GREAT trip!!!  Now I want lobster and onion rings!


Thanks Lynn, me too!
 
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Craving the lobster now...may have to order a couple of 2 pounders. Awesome report...David, not a Steamer fan? 
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Craving the lobster now...may have to order a couple of 2 pounders. Awesome report...David, not a Steamer fan? 

No, no steamers for me.
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What an amazing report. Loved it!
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What an amazing report. Loved it!


Thanks leethebard.
 
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