Sunday, May 8, 2011

Sundays in My Neck of the Woods

Gilbert's Chowder House is located at 92 Commercial Street in Portland, Maine.  From the outside, the place isn't visually appealing, but Hubby had eaten there before and promised that I would like it.  (I always take his food recommendations with a grain of salt, as when we first met, his idea of a gourmet home-cooked meal was Hamburger Helper!)

The parking is limited, but there is space around the corner for 6 or 8 cars, and we were lucky enough to grab one of those spots.    We went inside, and I found myself in a small dining room with maybe a dozen tables, and the aroma of wonderful things cooking!

We were early.  It was barely noon, so there were several tables available, but the place filled up as area workers came to have a quick lunch.  I had a view of Commercial Street and realized that many of the clientele were pedestrians, so the parking limitations were not much of an issue.

A large model schooner hanging from the ceiling was one of many reminders that we were on the waterfront.  The place was decorated with  other nautical paraphernalia, including  a ceramic bust of a lobster fisherman sucking on his pipe; I noticed it too late to photograph it without causing the lady who'd chosen a chair next to it to feel her privacy was being invaded.
Hubby was dying for some seafood chowder and ordered a large cup of it.  Although in the photo, it appears to have been served in a styrofoam coffee cup, in reality, the container was larger than that.  He said it was delicious.
Not a fan of seafood chowder (or any soup made with warm milk, for that matter), I went for the "fish 'n chips special.  I had three large pieces of fresh haddock in a delightfully mild crumb coating, some wonderfully crisp french fries, coleslaw, and a lemon wedge.   Concerned that Hubby would leave hungry, I shared a little of my haddock and lots of my fries with him.  I'm always amazed when a restaurant can serve fried food that is not in the least bit greasy.  That was the case with this meal.  I'd say that was probably the best fried haddock I've ever had!
The lady at the next table had the clam chowder in the bread bowl.  I was tempted to ask her if I could photograph it, but Hubby would have been horrified!  You'll have to take my word for it.  It looked like they had taken a large hunk of homemade bread, hollowed out the center, and filled with steaming chowder. 

The restaurant also serves beer and wine in addition to an assortment of soft drinks to wash down their excellent fare.  There is also an additional location in Windham, Maine.  Click here  if you'd like to visit their website and check out their full menu.

Note:  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  We paid for our meals and the opinions expressed are mine alone.


I couldn't leave this post with out mentioning Mothers' Day.  If you still have your mother, let her know your love her.  My mother has been gone for more than 25 years, but I miss her still.  Click here to read the post I wrote about her last year on this day.


River said...

That looks like a lovely restaurant, I even like the exterior. Good food too.

hocam said...

Food looks delicious, nice way to spend a Sunday.

Brian Miller said... me some good seafood...and the fish and chips looks like a meal and more...yum! happy mums day eva!

Bossy Betty said...

Thanks for taking me out for Mother's Day!

Kristina P. said...

I love seafood and clam chowder so this all looks so good.

tsonodablog said...

There very very best restaurant you've shown yet. The pictures even look tasty. I'm hungry.
Happy Mothers Day my friend! xoxo's

C... said...

Yum! That looks and sounds go good.. I love clam chowder.

Keetha Broyles said...

OOOO those fish and chips look yummy - - - I do like chowder, but I would have taken the fish and chips over chowder myself!!

Happy Mother's Day.

Eva Gallant said...

hocam: It certainly is!

Terri: Happy Mother's day to you, too!

C: It smelled pretty good, too. Hubby loved it.

injaynesworld said...

Damn, woman! These Sunday visits always make me famished. Is there no end to the delicious places to eat in your neck of the woods? I fear if I ever came to visit, I'd need to purchase an additional seat on the plane home to accommodate my ginormous new ass. ;)

Kristy said...

Mmm, fish and chips!