After more than a week of travelling through Canada, we decided that it was too early to go home and spent two days in Ogunquit, Maine. If you haven’t had the chance to walk about this coastal town, you must. We arrived after dark and checked into The Betty Doon Hotel. Located in the center of all of the excitement and offering a simple, clean, affordable and quiet resting place; The Betty Doon is owned by Rick Booth, a mentor of mine (AJ) since age 11.
After catching up with Rick and bringing our bags to the room, we walked over to The Front Porch, just across the street. We chose a corner table by the window in the downstairs lounge and devoured the menu. The late time offered a slight restriction to “Bar Fare” but there was no limitation for us.
Spencer started with the New England Clam Chowder ($6) and finished with the Fish Tacos (Flour Tortillas, Cilantro Slaw, Spicy Remoulade $14) – well, almost finished! There were three tortillas and each had two pieces of flaky and delicious fish, battered so thinly, that it was more of a decoration. The slaw was delicious and it was sampled by me, more than once. I sampled the chowder, too – so scrumptious!! Both great choices for a late dinner. The portion was easily suited for sharing and if I had ordered an appetizer, we would have been leaving behind much more food.
I enjoyed the Grilled Chicken Sandwich (Avocado Aioli, Crispy Bacon, Tomato $13) that was juicy, flavorful and definitely hit the spot. Instead of fries, I requested a salad, which was just the right size and nicely balanced the meal.
The Front Porch is a 3-part establishment. Downstairs is split by the grand stairs leading up to the piano bar; the left side is the lounge, where we enjoyed our delightful dinner. Through the lounge, to the right, is the formal dining room, where well-lit tables with very comfortable seating invite you to enjoy 5 star dining.
Our waiter, Nick, catered to our every need. His readiness was apparent and he was eager to help with anything to assure our satisfaction.
In the upstairs Piano Bar, I have enjoyed many a Sing-a-long adventure and will surely return. The Front Porch consistently delivers the perfecta of dining, relaxing and toe-tapping excitement.