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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sundays in My Neck of the Woods

Tomorrow Mr. Eva and I meet with the oncologist to learn what his chemotherapy schedule will be and when they will install the port in his neck which will be the entry point for all his treatments.  I got to thinking that since we don't know how he will tolerate the chemo, what his appetite will be like, etc., maybe we should have a special meal at a special place...it could be 6 months or more before we get to do this again and really enjoy it!
This is the view from the parking lot at Dimillo's On the Water.  Formerly named DiMillo's Floating Restaurant, the place is just that. 

A car ferry from 1941 to 1958, a Youth Center Art Colony in Rhode Island from 1969 to 1977, a Yacht Club in Port Jefferson, New York until 1980 when the vessel was purchased by the Di Millo Family and opened as "DiMillo's Floating Restaurant" in 1982.  In 1994 the original rudder was removed when in dry dock at Bath Iron Works to install a new hull.

It's a scenic, beautiful place with spectacular views of the bay.  We like to visit at least once per summer.  We've never had a meal we didn't enjoy, and of course the atmosphere is to die for!
You access the ship from a covered ramp.  This day, some of the side windows of the ramp were unzipped to let the lovely ocean breezes through.  Inclement weather finds them all zipped up, however, so you can make your way on board without freezing your tushe.  (The restaurant is open 7 days a week, year round.)

The restaurant floats in the middle of a marina.  We stopped to admire the views on both sides of the entrance ramp. 

The welcoming sign at the beginning of the entrance ramp tells you what you can expect on you visit.

Once on board, there are lots of reminders that you are on what was once a sea-faring vessel.
There are many different items to examine, including this deep-sea diver's suit.

Yes, many reminders that you are on board!

There is a large outdoor dining deck.
As it was rather breezy on the waterfront, we elected to eat inside.
There's a very elegant dining room with ocean views from every table.

We chose to sit at a table in the less formal lounge area. 

There's a fireplace at the far back of the lounge, but it being summer, we weren't seeking it's coziness.

There was a large glass case with a schooner on display, as well as many photos of other ships.
Mr. Eva decided to celebrate his recovery from surgery with a Bloody Mary....yes, that's a huge shrimp on the side of the glass!  Since it's very likely alcohol is not a good mix with chemo, this will probably be his last drink for a while.  Of course, he's such an imbiber, I can't remember the last time he had a drink....but he thought this was a good day to have one anyway.

A basket of fresh, crunchy  crusted Italian bread helped us pass the time while our entrees were being prepared.
Mr. Eva loves his chowder and this was haddock chowder...and loaded with haddock as you can see.  Those are not oyster crackers, they are chucks of fish!  He announced that it was delicious!
I ordered broiled haddock, with green beans, and substituted coleslaw for the potatoes.  The haddock was exquisite; it was topped with bread crumbs lightly seasoned with garlic, celery salt, white pepper and some freshly chopped parsley.  (I asked how it was seasoned because it was soooo good.  The waitress came back with the recipe!  I decided I wouldn't share all their secrets with you, however.)



Mr. Eva selected the broiled scallops, mashed potatoes, and green beans. 
We shared a serving of their blueberry cobbler which was served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a dollop of whipped cream.  It was wonderful!

We had a delectable, enjoyable meal, and I recommend DiMillo's on the Water to anyone who visits Portland.  Their menu includes seafood, steaks, burgers, and Italian fare, and the prices range from  $7.50 to for a cheeseburger at lunch time, to $49 for a 2 and 1/2 pound lobster at dinner, with various selections in between.   Obviously, this was a little above the average eatery Mr. and Mrs. Eva usually frequent, but the food and the atmosphere are worth the extra.  We do try to dine at DiMillo's at least once or twice per year on a special occasion.  Never have we been disappointed.  Click here to visit their website.

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

EVA

17 comments:

Brian Miller said...

mmm...i love seafood! what a cool looking restaurant...and fun to get there...you know this, but i am praying for both of you through this...and i look forward to when you do get to do this again...

tsonodablog said...

Double YUM. Both your entries looked delicious. LOVE all the pics! Thanks for sharing. You and Mr. Eva are in my thoughts.
Terri

Mardel said...

Sounds like a great day and meal. I hope for the best for you and the Mr. Good luck with the chemo for him and hope you're able to keep the laughter going for the both of you - very important for all illnesses. best wishes.

River said...

The haddock and scallops look very yummy, but the coleslaw looks like mashed potato, it's so white. I thought that's what it was until I read that you'd got coleslaw. I'm a huge fan of mashed potato. Must have some soon....

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

How fun! That might be the most serious Bloody Mary I've ever seen!

Eva, most people on chemo like orange tic tacs. Try to buy a bunch of them.

Also, soups. You may have to experiment to find one he likes the best, but it will be worth it.

Deb said...

The haddock looks delicious! Mr. Man and I passed on DiMillio's last time we were in the Old Port section of Portland. It was lunch time and we were looking for something lighter. Neither of us are big seafood lovers, though we both will "suffer" through a nice haddock dinner! Now after seeing your photos, DiMillio's is back on The List of places to try! Great post, Eva!

To Mr. Eva: All the best to you for an easy time with the port placement and treatment.

KSK said...

What a very neat restaurant! Everything looked REALLY good (and I'm not a lover a seafood - much to my chagrin).
As always, yourself and Mr. Eva are in my prayers!

Jen said...

Good one, Eva. Liked all the pictures. I have been their a couple times myself, the meal we had was yummy too.

ceodraiocht said...

Love that outdoor dining deck, oh and the food! mmmm. Best wished for Mr Eva.

Kristy said...

Mmm, shrimp cocktail. I'm going to have some of that tomorrow in Mexico!

Eva Gallant said...

Terri: You're welcome and thanks for caring.

Deb: They have Italian food, steaks and burgers too. I recommend lunch...then you can choose how much you want to spend. The dinner menu is $20 to $50. You can order of the dinner menu or choose something a little less expensive at lunch.

Jen: I remember when we ate there together--all four of us. Good times.

ceodraiochat: The food is wonderful and thanks for the good wishes!

Keetha Broyles said...

I LOVE these places you find. I wanna come to Maine and go to every single one of them!!!

Here's hoping your hubby does OK with the chemo - - - such a nasty cure for a nastier disease.

Unknown Mami said...

You give Mr. Eva a HUGE hug for me! If you don't, I will know and there will be consequences. I will toast to his health tonight.

injaynesworld said...

OMG! You're killing me with these photos. Cannot believe the size of that shrimp in the Bloody Mary. And what a beautiful setting.

Be sure and get some marijuana for Mr. Eva if he experiences nausea from the chemo. I got it for my mom when she had cancer and it helped those symptoms tremendously. I'm sure someone can help you find some. Big hugs to you both.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

That looks like a scenic and delicious place.
Be well.

Eva Gallant said...

Jayne: That's the size shrimp you get in their shrimp cocktail! And medical marijuana is legal in Maine, so if he were to need it, there should be no problem.

Pat said...

This looks like a WONDERFUL place to eat for a special occasion, and I think you had the right idea to go here. The food looks delicious, and my GOD, look at the size of that shrimp!

I have been thinking about Mr. Eva and when he was going to start chemo. I wish him all the best with that. :)