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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sundays in My Neck of the Woods


The Painted Turtle Cafe is in North Scarborough, Maine.  

It's a pretty casual place, and shares the building with the Countryside  Butcher Shop, so you know the meat in the restaurant should be fresh!


There are several tables for four and one or two larger ones that seat 6 or 8 diners.  Plus, there was a long counter with a dozen or more stools if one preferred that to a table.
Mr. Eva and I both had Hot Pastrami Sandwiches with lots of mustard and a side of fries.  The sandwiches were served on Marble Rye Bread, and the fries were really brown (which is how I tend to like them.).  

The sandwiches were very good; the fries seemed a little limp and greasy rather than nice and crisp as I thought they would be since they were so brown.

The place was okay; I guess if I was in the neighborhood and REALLY hungry, I might stop in again, but I wouldn't make a special trip.  The place was not very inviting nor particularly appetizing.  I didn't have a desire to try anything else on the menu, even though my sandwich was tasty.

 In all fairness, I read some reviews of the cafe on line, and they were mixed;  Some people loved it, others, not so much.  It's definitely not a "Must Stop" in my book by any means.
You win some, you lose some!

EVA

13 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Those fries look a bit scary.

Sue said...

Well, it might not have been the best spot ever, but usually your luck is pretty good that way. Anyway, it was an adventure!

=)

River said...

That bread looks interesting! I would have tried that for sure!

I'm wondering why everyone seems to expect fries to be crisp. Even here in Aus. "they" keep trying to increase the crunch when you bite in. From childhood memories I remember fries, (we know them as chips), to be hot and tasty but they were never crisp or crunchy. (That was for crisps in packets, (which we also called chips). If our chips were crisp, they'd clearly been overcooked.

Vodka Logic said...

I like crispy fries too, what a disappointment. Love a nice pastromi.

Brian Miller said...

sorry it sounded not that great...the sandwich sounds like one that i would order for sure...

Al Penwasser said...

I don't know why, but the sign advertising 'haddock' reminded me of an old Groucho Marx joke: "Have a haddock? Take two aspirins and call me in the morning." and my favorite Maine expression: "That boy is number 'n a hake."
Yes, I realize a 'hake' is not a 'haddock.' But, they're fish. I think.

Kara said...

They do get bonus points thought for that bottle of malt vinegar I see on a table.

David Allen Waters said...

It sounds like a bailey(I visited a eatery once that was called baileys, it had much media hype and was talked up....so I went with my expectations high, I was very disapointed, and the food,service etc was blah, so know I call things that dont live up to my thoughts a bailey )

Have a great Sunday

tsonodablog said...

That marble rye bread looks amazing. Mouth watering here in Vegas.....

(Those fries didn't photo too well though, huh)

rosaria said...

Hey, you got out, had a meal, didn't have to shop or clean up after yourself. All in all, your adventure was also our adventure. Sure, the meal didn't come up to expectations, but it was still a meal.

Good to know you're both getting around. I guess we all appreciate getting out of town now and then, don't we?

Pat said...

Although the sandwich looked good, those fries didn't. Nothing like a limp fry!

Eva Gallant said...

ipenka: He was clever!

terri: I wish I could say the photo was a fault, but the fries looked just like the photo.

rosaria: You're right! It was a meal, and the sandwiches were very good.

Reeni said...

Sorry it wasn't a hit! I think they need to change their oil in the fryer and turn it up higher. I do love pastrami on that swirly rye bread.