Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sundays in My Neck of the Woods

For over 36 years The Bull & Claw at 2270 Post Road (Route One) in Wells, Maine has been serving up some of the best steaks , seafoods and cocktails available in the State of Maine.

The mouth-watering photo above was taken from their website which you can visit here.  The restaurant has seating for at least 250, and in the summer is often filled to capacity.  In my working days, I held seminars there for my customers because I knew they would always get a good meal, there was a nearly private dining area, and plenty of parking was available.

There are plenty of booths and tables, and lots of windows, for well-lit, attractive dining areas.

A party of two, four, ten, or twenty....there are tables of varying sizes for every group.

There are also two fireplaces which were particularly pleasant on a cold winter day.  The servers are pleasant, efficient, and cater to your every need.

If cocktails are on your mind, a full bar awaits, with a flat-screen tv for entertainment.

A boat resting on lobster traps and filled with crushed ice serves as a huge salad bar.
Everything you could think to put in a salad is available.  The lettuce is a fresh, crispy mixture of iceberg and romaine.  Cherry tomatoes, sliced radishes, sliced cucumbers, sliced pepperoni, purple onions, black olives, cottage cheese, two kinds of pasta salad, two kinds of potato salad, three bean salad and  carrot and raisen salad are among the choices.  Plus there are six kinds of dressings to pick from, croutons, and chinese noodles.  Certainly there is something for everyone!

I ate everything on my salad plate; all was fresh and delicious.

Hubby partook of the salad bar also...there was just so much from which to make your picks!

There is also a soup bar which on this day had a selection of Cream of Mushroom, Italian Wedding Soup, and Corn Chowder.
Hubby went for the corn chowder.  It's one of his favorites and not often on the  menu of restaurants.

There are rolls fresh from the oven, brushed with a mixture of butter and garlic and sprinkled with a little parsley.  Crusty on the outside and soft on the inside, rolls alone could have been a meal for me!
I ordered the Cranberry-stuffed Chicken Breast Supreme, which came with rice, mixed vegetables, and the salad and soup bars for $10.95.  The vegetables were perfect--just a little bit crunchy.  So often, the veggies are served over-done and soggy, but not here!  The rice was tasty and the chicken was a boneless breast wrapped around a cranberry and bread cube stuffing with a ladle of gravy poured over it.  The chicken was excellent; the stuffing might have stood a little more seasoning, but I still ate every bit!
Hubby chose the Haddock Newburg from the Senior Menu for $7.95.  It was served with a choice of potato or rice and the mixed veggies.  He added the soup and salad bar for an extra $3.00.  We both felt we'd had excellent meals; generous portions for the price we paid.  Unfortunately, we were too full to try any of the desserts.  I've had their peanut butter pie before and their chocolate lava cake and both are to die for.   Maybe next visit.
We said goodbye to the chef standing in the lobby and vowed to go back one day soon for the breakfast buffet!

We drove away with happy tummies, glad to know that the food is still as good as ever, and well worth the drive from Saco.

Note:  I was not compensated in any way for this review; we paid for our dinners.



River said...

It looks like a nice family friendly restaurant.
I don't like those ones that are all glass and shiny surfaces and kids aren't genuinely welcomed.
If I can't take my kids, then I don't want to eat there.

Muffy's Marks said...

You have made me hungry. What a lovely place. I really like the 'mom and pop' types of restaurants with local flavor, rather than the chains. Have a memorable week.

Muffy's Marks said...

You have made me hungry. What a lovely place. I really like the 'mom and pop' types of restaurants with local flavor, rather than the chains. Have a memorable week.

Tara R. said...

I love your restaurant tours. Maine tourism should hire you. Every week I want to make a trip north. Love the names of all these eateries too.

Brian Miller said...

nice. i would be sitting by the wood stove...those are some huge salads...and i think i will have what hubby is having...

Grace said...

I've always wanted to visit Maine.
Now I want to visit even more.
That is a great price for a meal.

Carrie said...

It's SITS Saturday, and I was lucky enough to post right after you! As for the restaurant, it reminds me of the many lunches I've had in Maine. We used to visit several times a year, from Rockport to Camden to Wiscassett to Mt. Desert Island... gosh I miss it! Thanks for bringing a taste of home to this displaced former New Englander. ;-)

rosaria said...

I just skipped breakfast just by looking at these pictures. Yummmmmm.

tsonodablog said...

If I hadn't just made breakfast, I'd be soooooo hungry right now. As it is, I'm already planning what to have for dinner. Thanks Eva!
Your "Sundays..." always leave my mouth watering.

Jen said...

Great pictures~! Wow I am sure you captured many appetites. That looks like the place to go!!

Al Penwasser said...

Oh, yum! I really should have ventured further than Androscoggin County. Somehow, that salad bar at the Wendys in Lewiston doesn't seem so wonderful anymore.

Deb said...

It is seldom I get off Rt 95 and venture along Rt 1 due to the slowness of it all. However, I have a feeling I am missing a lot! Might have to make that detour next trip south!

I'm Domestic not Dead said...

Oh. My. Goodness! Delicious!

Eva Gallant said...

Grace: It was amazing; both the price and the meal.

Terri: Glad I tempted your taste buds!

Jen: I was pleased with the photos!

Joanna Jenkins said...

That is my kind of salad bar! I would be in paradise at this place!

Bon Appetite! xo jj

Becca said...

That looks yummy. Now I'm hungry. I've always wanted to visit Maine.

Eva Gallant said...

Deb: I think you should!

Unknown Mami said...

I say we hold a blogger's conference there.

Kristy said...

That food looks AMAZING!

Sandy said...

Wow, what a deal! The best lobster can be found on the coast of Maine.