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Portland Lobster Company
Well, let me start off, Chef Woo Can and family planned a vacation in Maine. I decided why not make it a eating seafood vacation with the prize of eating delicious Maine Lobster.
The Portland Lobster Company was the first restaurant we visited. It was sitting dockside on the bay. Sitting and a live band were on the pier pretty festive occasion and everyone was drinking micro brewery beer and eating seafood. It was a perfect evening, no humidity and a nice breeze. Chef Woo loves Maine LObster. Why? It's the sweetest flavored meat aming all other lobsters. Why? The water is cold and cold water makes for sweeter meat.
After a long trip, I was ready to feat. I had the lobster stew, a take from oyster stew with potatoes and chunks of low claw meat. Creamy, not too think but so unbelievably tasty. Then we had the fried clams. Very disappointed. Fried clams in New England are the soft bellied clams not like the clam strips we get South. It's difficult to handle because the soft bellies are very delicate, so when fried you miss the taste of the belly. A lobster dinner includes an ear of corn and an Idaho potato with all the fixings. Aaah the lobster, steamed to perfection. It was 1 1/4 lb, perfect, cooked for 7 and change minutes, so tender and sweet. The perfect size since the shell could be broken with your hands. It was a oft shell lobster and to some, more flavorful.
Dipping the chunks of the claws in the drawn butter felt like I was in heaven. The tail meat was not tough or overcooked and that drawn butter, hmmm hmmm good.Baked potato with all the fixings of sour cream and butter and the ear of corn slathered with butter made for a fulfilling delicious meal.
Add some live music and local draft beer. and Chef Woo Can was floating.
So, on a scale of 1-5 and 5 being the best. I have to give this place a 5,000+. Except for the fried clams everything went smoothly from being seated to having the food prepared on time.
I highly recommend this place for all you seafood lovers that appreciate fresh seafood. And as for value, it was a bargain., so fly out to Portland and have MAINE lobster..
By Chef Woo Can at www.chefwoocan.com
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