Suzanne and I had a couple of days free this past week and took a couple of day trips to enjoy the brief glimpses of summer weather with which we have been blessed amidst the ever-present rain.
One of those days we headed north to Maine and drove along old Route 1 through the little towns that dot Maineís southern coast. We stopped to check out a couple of beaches and gift shops (canít go home unless we have something for our grandchild). As hunger became our primary concern, I suggested we try the Maine Diner in Wells. Suzanne agreed. We had seen the Maine Diner advertised frequently on a local restaurant show called the Phantom Diner. The Phantom had given it a great review.
First of all, itís not like some of the diners Guy Fieri visits on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. No gourmet dishes or eclectic blends of cuisines, just diner food.
In case youíre in a hurry, Iíll tell you up front, I wouldnít recommend it and I wonít go back.
We ordered onion rings as an appetizer and they were not what we are accustomed to. We like rings with a light crispy batter, almost tempura-like. These were over crispy and hard coated.
Iím a sucker for soup so I ordered a cup of Venus De Milo soup (sounds intriguing, doesnít it?). It was an onion soup like broth with chunks of ground beef and tomato in it. It was a tasty soup but I think it could have been made very interesting with a better use of herbs and spices.
Suzanne ordered a Diner burger, a cheese burger with sautťed onions and mushrooms. She liked it.
I ordered a Reuben sandwich. It was just OK. The fries we only acceptable.
I didnít feel like I could eat at a diner and not have a piece of pie. Blueberry is my all time favorite, so I ordered a piece of blueberry pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This was the worst mistake of the day! If this pie had come out of my oven at home, I would have trashed it and the recipe I used to make it. The filling was dry and the crust was soggy, doughy and white.
I am disappointed. When I go to a new place, especially one so highly regarded, I want it to be great. I want to be able to rave about it. I want to see it on Food Network and say, ďThatís right, it IS a great diner!Ē.
Oh well. The lobster roll we had on Cape Cod the day before was fantastic!