| Restaurant | Eventide Oyster Co.

droppin.jpg 86 Middle St Portland, Maine 04101

| Food |
I have to say, one of the better lobster rolls I’ve ever had! Their portions are pretty small. However, if you don’t eat too much, it can be filling. The bread is not buttery and toasted on the outside and is pretty doughy. I actually prefer my lobster rolls to have a more buttery and toasted outside but I still really enjoyed eating this lobster roll. I think what made it so good was that the lobster was a little shredded with a few big chunks which made the flavor seep in much better.

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– Eventide Brown Butter Lobster Roll $16 –

The New England Clam Chowder was pretty good! I think they used a seaweed oil on top and they also had a huge pork piece inside. The clam chowder also wasn’t extremely thick and wasn’t too thin either, it was a nice in between!

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– New England Clam Chowder $12 –

We got the oysters and they were really fresh! The sides we got were the tabasco ice and the marinara sauce. I liked the marinara but the tabasco ice was something new. It was spicy so be careful with how much you use! However, I don’t think it goes that well with the oysters so I just stuck with the typical lemon and marinara!

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– One Dozen Oysters (Norumbega, Pemaquid, Glidden Point $29 –

|AtmosphereDisplay, Seating, and Service |
The inside was really cute and casual. The seats and benches and they have the oyster bar out in the open. It seemed very beach-esque and was very chill. The service was really nice, everybody was very hyper and friendly! The display of the food was also very cute. The lobster roll was served on a wooden type of plate that made it very unique and picture worthy hehe.

| Wait |
So this restaurant is actually pretty popular so the first day we went around 2-3 PM and the line was way out the door. The second day we tried again but we went at 10:15 AM since they open at 11AM. We were actually like 3rd – 4th in line because some people were already waiting. By the time they opened, I think the line wrapped along the street. However it was weird because when we left around 12 PM, there was no line. They also don’t take reservations so I suggest going early or putting your name down first if you’re ok with waiting.

Overall, I think this is one of the better restaurants in Portland so if you’re in the area, I would definitely recommend trying it!


| Restaurant | Portland Lobster Company

droppin 180 Commercial St Portland, Maine 04101

| Food |
I was a little disappointed in the lobster roll. It tasted fresh and were in big chunks but there’s not much added flavor. I think if you like the simple taste of the lobster, you will like it! It also had a big piece of lettuce in the bun which I think didn’t add much to the overall roll; tbh I think I would’ve preferred if it wasn’t added. The bun was toasted, buttery, and not salty. I have to say though, I loved how salty the fries were! They also had these really cool drinks. My favorite one was the blueberry soda drink ($3 for soft drinks)!

Lobster Roll ~$19

| Wait |
I think part of the reason I was a little disappointed was because the wait for the roll was 40 minutes (we went around 5PM). It was also a pain to get seats so I was expecting some really bomb lobster roll haha.

|AtmosphereDisplay, Seating, and Service |
The atmosphere was very casual and it was kind of loud since there were so many people. They had these cute lobster ringers to let you know when the food was ready. The line itself would be long, short, and sometimes had no line at all! It was extremely hard to get seats since the inside of the actual shop only like 4-5 tables. But I think there’s a separate part of the shop where you can order outside and wander around the tents set up (right side of the picture below). We didn’t go in so I’m not sure how that part looked like. The place you get your food is right in front of the water (pictured below) so its very picture-eque hehe.

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| Recipe | Kimchi Pancake  

Ingredients (serves 2 large pancakes):
3 Tablespoon Kimchi Juice
2 Tablespoon Diced Onion
1 Cup Chopped Kimchi
1/4 Cup Water
1/2 Teaspoon Salt (Put less if your Kimchi is already salty)
1/2 Cup Flour
A Pinch of Sugar (To taste)

1) Mix all the ingredients together
2) Make sure there is no water on your pan and pour enough oil to cover the whole pan
4) Heat the oil over medium heat
5) After about 1&1/2 minutes, put the batter in the pan with a circular shape and around 1/4 of an inch thick. Make sure you don’t press on the batter as this will make it stick to the pan
6) Let the batter fry for around 1 minute to let it achieve the crispy texture then it is ready to be flipped
7) Fry it on the other side for around 1&1/2 minutes and then flip again *the sound of the Kimchi pancake should make a scratchy sound and that is how you know you’ve achieved the perfect texture!
8) Flip one more time and let it fry a little more
9) Now it is ready to be served! I usually put it on a plate with a paper towel and flip it a few times so it can absorb the excess oil

Hope you enjoyed this recipe!