You can take the dog out of the sea but when you’re on the Maine coast, the sea ain’t going nowhere. And the Sea Dog brewpub sticks to its oceanic inclination by offering on its menu, many treasures from the adjacent Atlantic. After sampling a pint of their fine IPA, I ordered a tuna sandwich that is not on the regular menu but was part of the daily specials presented on a separate card. My wife ordered from the same list but chose to go with a chicken and sausage ravioli dish rather than rely on the fishy items. She unfortunately regretted her choice as the “sausage” that was quite abundant was of the very processed kind, bearing a reddish color that reminded more of a fire truck than of actual finely crafted food with prime ingredients. The chicken morsels and the ravioli itself were okay, as was the sauce in which the whole production was smothered.
My sandwich however, I did not regret. On the menu, it said that it was served medium-rare but upon ordering, I told the nice waiter that I really didn’t mind if it was just seared and left sashimi (or tataki) style in the middle. He broke a knowing smile, added a quasi-wink and said “gotcha” which I favorably interpreted as a “Welcome back to Maine” statement. And it came as promised. Freshness was evident due to the tuna pavé’s almost raw state. Served on a fresh ciabatta bun, every bite exuded flavor, the flavor I was craving. So much in fact that the fixings surrounding the sandwich are but a vague distant memory. There may have been nice crispy fries and some salad to go along, but honestly, the tuna obfuscated the rest. Except for that second pint of delicious IPA of course. Overall, a satisfactory experience. I even brought back a t-shirt! Oh, and the service was excellent and very friendly. But the tuna…heavenly.