I have to tell you about one of the best foodie days I have had. The best part is that is is just around the corner from HOME! So as many of you know during the school year I work at my local High School and I am fortunate enough to have the summer’s off. Well my first day of summer vacation I spent with my dear friend Rosalie cruising the shores of Kittery, Maine! I could not have asked for a better start to summer break! So here you have it the Kittery Food tour!
We started our morning at When Pigs Fly Bakery and Pizzeria although the pizzeria was not open when we arrived. If you have never been to the bakery it is a small space with every type of bread imaginable. I came home with three loaves of bread! They have the most delicious fruit breads and dessert breads not to mention all of your regular breads! They also have a small space where you can sample an overwhelming amount of bread, with many spreads and jams oh and honey too! After you pick out your bread you can go to two of their adorable workers and they will slice, bag and label your bread for you! What a great start to the day!
Our next stop was a very quick visit to Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier, this is located on Chauncey Creek Road. Chauncey Creek is a BYOB restaurant located right on the creek. The menu is simple and delicious! They have mostly seafood, but they do have chicken and chicken tenders for those not feeling like seafood! They also have a nice selection of side dishes, coleslaw, potato salad, corn, fries, beans, and onion rings. You can also get plenty of tea, water, soda and coffee. If that is not enough they offer pie and cheesecake for dessert.
Moving on to the Frisbee Market /Enoteca Sandwich Shop! This was the most adorable little market , so old school .But in the back of the market is the best sandwich shop I have ever eaten at in my life. Best of all the sandwiches are made by Millionaire Ed! Ed was just the sweetest man and let me tell you , he could throw down a mean sandwich. We ordered the Italian sandwich made with imported ham, provolone, Genoa salami, oven roasted tomato, basil, mayo and house made garlic spread that is to DIE for! I don’t even like sandwiches typically, but I have not stopped thinking about that sandwich since I had it. It really is just that good. They have other choices too. They have turkey subs, caprese subs, roast beef, and steak and cheese to name a few! This shop is located at 88 Pepperrall Rd. It is a must stop!
And because we have not had enough to eat, we stopped at Tulsi Indian Restaurant for lunch! What a great place! I had the chicken dish served with a number of sides and the best naan bread ever. Rosalie had a lamb dish along with her sides! I will be honest, I am not a huge fan of lamb but this dish was hands down the best part of our lunch! Prices were great along with fantastic service! If you are new to Indian food this is a great place to start the flavors range from VERY mild to full bold flavors!
On we go to Terra Cotta Pasta Company! They have a location in Dover as well and many products and be found in many area stores. Although I have been to the Dover store , this was my first time in the Kittery store! IT is a small location BUT it is packed with so many mouth watering items. Not only pasta and sauces but salads, flatbreads even desserts. we also sampled some sausage and cheese from their sample platter! We spoke with a number of their staff members as well as the owner who told us that if we wanted something from this store , we could call them and they will put it on the truck and deliver it to the Dover store for us to pick up there! Now that’s what I call customer service! Their address is 52A state Rd (Rt 1).
Hold on, we are not done yet! Next is Byrne & Carlson Chocolatier located right next door to Terra Cotta Pasta. They also have a location in Portsmouth! This is a wonderful chocolate shop with a variety of unique chocolates! They have fresh cream truffles, glace fruits that are hand dipped in french chocolate and fruit jellies, I thought the most beautiful chocolates were the Artisan Chocolate Bars. They have an assortment of those too! Pansy Bar, Violet Bar , Orange Cherry Bar to just name a few. One of the great things is, the gift assortments of various sizes! Any of these items would make a great gift for almost any occasion!
The Beach Pea Baking Company was next (located at 53 State road, across the street from Terra Cotta Pasta). This location was a very short visit as it was PACKED! They have an incredible bakery with a huge variety of bread and desserts. They also have a cafe menu that looks phenomenal and from the crowds of people it must be just that good! The cafe menu is loaded with signature sandwiches and salads. They also have a “Build your Own” sandwich selection! We will have to go back to try it out soon!
Three more stops to go! Right next door to the Beach Pea is the most incredible fish market, it is the Seaport Fish Market and Restaurant. The selection of fish was terrific and they even had gulf shrimp! If you have never had gulf shrimp they are incredible! Although we could not possibly eat another thing, we took a look at the menu and while we were chatting the nicest man insisted that we take a sample of the Lobster Bisque to go with us. We said ” no we just couldn’t”, he insisted… and let me tell you it smelled so good we took a taste in the parking lot and just loved it! I went back a week later with Mr. MCYM and not only had a terrific lunch there, but took Lobster Bisque home!
Golden Harvest Market was next. It is very clear with the trucks coming and going where restaurants get their produce from! IT is a small market with so much fresh produce, specialty cheeses and delicious desserts!
Our last stop was Carl’s Meat Market (next to Golden Harvest) Carl’s Meat Market is just that! Meat and more meat! They smoke many of their products right there behind the market. I bought some thin steak to make steak and cheese subs… DELICIOUS! I also tried their smoked bacon… also very good! They have a small deli where you can get your deli meat and also have a sandwich made for you to go!
What a great way to spend the day! Great food with a great friend! Thanks Rosalie!
I hope you can take some time to check out a few of these amazing places!
We started by splitting a cup of their fish chowder ($6.75), this was so rich and creamy and filled with large pieces of fish and lobster! We loved it so much we ordered a BOWL of it to go!
Jim ordered a hamburger ($7.00) I know…ordering a burger at a lobster restaurant while over looking the ocean… I will never understand, but it was cooked to his taste and was excellent!
I had the crab cakes with a spicy mayo sauce. This was a special that day and I did not write the price down, I think it was in the ten dollar range though. This dish was also very good, lots of crab but I have to say the star of the dish was the spicy mayo!
We did not get dessert, but look forward to going back again!
After our lunch we went to our favorite store in the entire cove! Unique’s & Antiques! I have been there prior to this trip and every time I go in I find so many fantastic items, everything from Christmas items, Halloween items, antiques, estate jewelry and the most gorgeous wreaths that the owner Rusty makes!
If you want him to make you a custom wreath he will happily do so! Make sure you come in early for the best selection of the ribbons!! This store is a must visit every time we go to the area!
I hope you take some time to enjoy this beautiful area in Ogunquit Maine!
The Thirsty Moose Restaurant just opened in Dover N.H. so for all of my local readers you have a lot to look forward to with this new restaurant! We meaning (Jim, Robby and Robby’s girlfriend, Emily). Don’t worry the kids had plenty of time for their own date night! Went on Friday night. It was only the second day they were open and they have not even had the official grand opening yet! We were greeted by a few adorable staff members, Katie and Sophia. The location is great and has large windows that open all way to have open air seating. Lots of large screen televisions to view your favorite game. We arrived at about 4 p.m. and there were already plenty of people there!
Our server’s name was Steffi and she was just terrific welcoming us and not afraid to help us with our dinner choices and answering many menu item questions! Steffi was also kind enough to give us a ton of great information about the Thirsty Moose! Did you know they make ALL of their sauces fresh in house? YUP! They sure do! Did you know they have a pizza oven? YUP! they do! They also make all of their own pizza dough!
Steffi also told us that they have something called the Antler Rack. I bet you wonder what that is ? Well it is basically beer tasting. You can get up to six samples (Steffi says they are good size samples) of various different beers and you and the restaurant can even keep track of the beers you have tried and the ones you like! Pretty cool huh?
Speaking of all that beer they have 160 tap lines and 116 brews, that’s a lot of beer!
We ordered the Poutine fries ($5.99) to start and those were great . We all enjoyed them…they are made with hand cut fries with fresh mozzarella cheese and a rich gravy. The cheese at the bottom got all nice and gooey… oh so good!
Jim got the Hangover Burger ($10.99) and he really enjoyed that it was a burger with American cheese , egg and hollandaise sauce. The burger was cooked just right!
Robby had the California Club ($10.99). This had turkey, applewood bacon, lettuce, avocado and buttermilk ranch dressing. This was good and a large portion, but it was the least favorite for all of us.
I had the Thai chicken pizza ($13.99 for a small ). This pizza was amazing if you like sweet with heat! It packs a huge flavor punch. It has chicken , red onions, bell pepper, pineapple and a sweet and spicy Thai sauce. This has a thin delicious crispy, but not too crispy, crust. I think a shrimp version of this would be an awesome special during the Summer months! Just sayin……
Sadly, we could not try a dessert as they did not have any left as it was just a soft opening and they had ALREADY run out! I think that speaks volumes of the kind of food you will be getting at this location, don’t you?!
The Thirsty Moose has a location in Portsmouth N.H. that is located on 21 Congress Street. They do have a website as well.
We are already looking forward to going back! Take some time out and enjoy Dover’s newest restaurant!