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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sundays in My Neck of the Woods

The Sea Dog Brewing Company is a one of Maine's many micro-breweries.  In addition to their brewery, there are three Sea Dog Brewing Company Restaurants.  This particular one is in South Portland Maine.  There is one in Topsham, Maine, and another in Bangor Maine.




Inside are three dining areas, including a private dining room availaable for private functions. The place has brick walls, black tables and chairs, several booths, and a full bar. There is also a merchandise display counter where one can purchase t-shirts, calendars, and other souvenirs with the Sea Dog Logo (the white dog wearing a lobsterman's rain hat, seen on the painting on the wall in the photo above.

I started with a crock of French onion soup; a rich burganday beef broth loaded with carmelized onions on which a couple of small slices of French bread were floating, all covered with wonderful melted swiss cheese.  It was steaming hot and really hit the spot on a cold day.

Hubby went for the New England Clam Chowder, and added oyster crackers to the steaming cup.  He said it was excellent.

He followed the chowder with a turkey BLT with a side of fries.  (I apologize that the photo is blurred.  I was hurrying to get a picture before he scoffed it down! )  As you can see, it was stuffed with turkey and the bread was a tasty, toasted multigrain.

Instead of fries, I decided on a side salad with a variety of greens, cucumbers, onions, grape tomatoes, carrots and ranch dressing to go with my BBQ burger.

My grilled burger was topped with pepper jack cheese, cajun onion strings and hickory BBQ sauce.  The bun was disappointing, bland and a little dry.  But the burger was well-done without being blackened and the cheese, BBQ sauce, and onion strings made it quite tasty.  (I left most of the bun on the plate.)  The pickles were nice and crisp.

Since we hadn't had a dessert in a while, we decided to splurge today.  Hubby had the chocolate brownie ice cream sundae.  It was elegantly presented with two good-sized fresh brownie triangles, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a large dollop of whipped cream on a plate that had been drizzled with chocolate and caramel sauces.  It tasted as good as it looks.

I opted for the chocolate peanut butter pie.  It too was elegantly presented on a plate drizzled with carable and chocolate sauce.  The round concoction had an oreo cookie crust, a layer of fluffy peanut butter mousse, topped with a layer of cream similar to what's in an oreo cookie (but much lighter and creamier!), and on top of that were chopped peanuts, caramel, and a chopped up little peanut butter cup.
It really didn't need the dollop of whip cream beside it...I left that on the plate, too.

The desserts were outstanding; the remainder of the meal was good, but did not tempt me to go back right away.  The service was rather slow.  Oh, Hubby had the Owls Head Light Ale.  He at first said it seemed watery, but I guess it grew on him, because he did have a second one!

If you'd like to learn more about The Sea Dog Brewing Company, click on the link.
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19 comments:

Lazarus said...

MMMMmmmm, it all looks so tasty, great review Eva. Thanks to your blog, I have all of my eating spots lined up for my next trip to Maine. I'll tell them Eva sent me!

River said...

Those main course servings look huge! Your onion soup looks delicious, but I can't say the same for your dessert. Well, I can, it LOOKS delicious, but I'm not a fan of oreos or peanut butter in a dessert.

Brian Miller said...

oh my this looks good...love french onion soup...and the onion crisps on top mmmm.....

DJan said...

Gads, being on a diet I could barely look at some of those pictures without drooling. I did look, though, because the calories didn't come through the screen. Very elegant desserts!

Tara R. said...

The onion soup looks wonderful. It would be very welcome here on a cold Sunday morning.

Shileen said...

Hi Eva! I'm popping in from SITS! Wow! What a yummy meal! I love love love french onion soup ... and oh my goodness both of the desserts looked like heaven in my book! :) Well, it is nice to meet you. Have a great Sunday!

Ann On and On... said...

That is a nice honest review that would still entice people to try it for themselves. The food certainly looked good!

EmptyNester said...

Just a quick 'hi' as I'm off to inform Hubs that we're going OUT TO LUNCH! LOL

frogpondsrock said...

Thanks for joining in with Sunday selections :) The french onion soup looked very nice and your husbands sandwich was huuuge!! I enjoyed the review now I need to go and make some breakfast.

Bossy Betty said...

Oh! I was hoping we would get to go eat in your neck of the woods today! Yum!

Theresa said...

Ohhhhhh the French Onion Soup and the Peanut butter pie. I could just float away from the fantasy of it all. Yum to the Capital Ummmm.

Signed,
Jealous

Terri
http://tsonodablog.wordpress.com

She Writes said...

Making me CRAVE a burger with onion straws. I don't even like french onion soup and I want some NOW :).

Pat said...

Wow - that soup looked delish! I like burgers with onion straws on them...and barbecue sauce! Those desserts? To die for!

Unknown Mami said...

I think you gave a very fair review. I appreciate your honesty.

injaynesworld said...

YUM!

injaynesworld said...

YUM!

Eva Gallant said...

Shileen: Thanks for returning my visit! Come back soon!

frogpondsrock: Thanks for dropping by!

Terri: I was pretty good!

Jayne: You've got that right!

cardiogirl said...

Whoa that is a hella huge sandwich! I wish I'd known about this place 16 years ago while we were on our honeymoon in Cape Cod.

Guess we'll just have to go back.

Eva Gallant said...

Cardiogirl: I don't think this place was open 16 years ago--but Cape Cod is where Hubby and I honeymooned 27 years ago! It's also about 2 and a half to 3 hours from here!