After hearing numerous friends rave about Frankie & Johnny's, a group of us decided to have dinner last night at this hidden gem on Route 1 in Cape Neddick. Needless to say, we were pleasantly impressed! Items ordered were Lobster Purses (appetizer), Veal Chop, Chicken Picatta, Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo, and the special of the night: Stuffed Tostada "Tower", of which I had the pleasure of enjoying.
Where do I even begin on the Tostada?! It was nothing short of a feast for the eyes, both in dimension and color, standing close to 6” tall. One doesn't normally see a dish look this beautiful, as all too often we're used to piles of starch, vegetable, and meat in their own respective quadrants. Stacked high with sumptuous layers of spinach, white bean puree, quinoa, avocado, and topped with a sage toned tofu dip, the dish was accompanied by a delightful sea of roasted squash and zucchini in a tomato consomme. Presented with dots of sriracha dancing around the rim of the plate, the flavor profile is so expansive one must take the time to enjoy and dissect every bite. Each layer proves to be a treat to the senses. If you've ever had a quandary of cutting into a wedding cake or have experienced the fragile moment of nibbling the ear of a chocolate Easter bunny, you always ask yourself what to do first. Such was the case with the tower!
Some items of note:
The restaurant has been in business for just over 20 years, and it clearly shows that they know what they're doing. Everything is made from scratch that day, including the pasta, which borders on a meal in and of its own. Portions are very large, so don't fill up on the homemade rolls. The establishment is BYOB; don't feel awkward bringing in beer, wine, or a traveling martini kit (hey...it's been done!). Reservations are highly recommended as the dining room is more of an intimate size with a rustic bohemian flare – you won't see any white table linens here! Please note that since plastic is not natural, you won't be able to pay with a credit card – this is a CASH ONLY establishment. Take your time and enjoy your meal...don't rush through it. If you plan on visiting in the summer time, either before or after a show at The Ogunquit Playhouse or a trip to the beach, bear in mind that Route 1 traffic can be a bit hectic at times, so be patient and plan accordingly. You will NOT be disappointed with Frankie & Johnny's!
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