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Review of The Maine Course - CLOSED

The Maine Course
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Highland Park
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“ok”
Reviewed August 3, 2012

We ate here on the way home. It was mostly ok. My wife had the shrimp pineapple salad, which was very good and a good value. I had the flounder, which seemed not to have any seasoning and did not seem super frresh. The kids had fried foods, which seemed to all come from the freezer. We sat outside. The staff seemed nice.

  • Visited August 2012
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Fresh Seafood”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

The Maine Course is basically a BYOB take out. they have 2 tents set up outside with picnic tables inside for dining. It does not appear to be fine dining, but their food says otherwise. They serve the freshest seafood ever!

I can't wait to go back.

  • Visited June 2012
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Alburtis, PA
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
“Put this LBI roll up against any roll from Maine”
Reviewed July 19, 2012

My wife and I vacation in New England and spent a decent amount of time in Maine. This past trip we spent 8 days and lived and breathed lobster rolls up and down the coast. Of course, Linda Bean's is the supposed “Queen of Lobster Rolls” but quite frankly there are much better choices out there than an over-mayonnaised, celery chunked, pricey item such as hers – look for the small local bars where the fisherman come in. Chances are if you go in there for a late lunch of lobster roll you may be sitting, as we were on one occasion, only a few seats away from the guy who caught it that morning. But anyway, we were at first shocked that one of the places we frequented on LBI in the past years, Tiki Taco, was gone and replaced by this blue building with a bunch of wooden shellfish on the outside. At first we were of the opinion "Oh great... yet ANOTHER quick stop seafood shack; just what this place needs." That is until we looked harder and saw the name of the joint and it sunk in: "The Maine Course". We immediately wondered if they have Lobster Rolls. Yup... and they were priced similarly to what we paid in New England, around $13-15 for a 6 inch roll stuffed with the ugly crustacean including some sides. So after our traditional trip from Beach Haven (the family has been going there for near 20 years) to the Barnegat Lighthouse - it's always there so I am not sure why we need to make certain every year - we decided to stop for lunch and give this new place a try.

We were greeted by Cheryl, one of the owners, and since we had popped by during off hours and picked up a paper menu outside we both knew what we wanted… EVERYTHING. But instead of trying to load our bellies full of everything on the menu we decided to challenge this little corner to put up a decent roll, try and compete with the other local establishments on clam strips, see what they could do with onion rings, and how well they could Old Bay some french fries. So the order – Foot Long Lobster Roll Entrée w/ Old Bay Fries, Clam Strip Entrée with Onion Rings, Cole Slaw as the other side for both entrees, and two DIET Root Beers (yeah, yeah… I know). Total was about $45 w/ tax.

After about 10 minutes waiting under one of their outdoor gazebos Cheryl popped out with our entrees. A nice girl brought our drinks to us previously. We first opened the clam strips entrée Styrofoam box and quickly dove in to try a few. The strips were meaty and tender with a very light batter on them. If there is one thing we both cannot stand it is when a restaurant makes “clam strips” and they are really little string of clam (is that really clam anyway???) covered by a slathering of pasty batter and dropped into a deep fryer to puff up and look big. It’s like my Pug trying to impersonate a Rottweiler. It just doesn’t happen. Clam Strips – A+. Look out LBI clam strip huts, there is a new kid on the block. Onion rings were the side for the strips and I immediately noticed they were REAL nice slices of onion instead of the thin rings, or worse, powder reconstituted stuff (BLECH). Covered, as with the strips, with a nice thin layer of batter and not overdone. I would give these guys an A- but still well ahead of most other onion rings we’ve experienced both on and off LBI and around on our travels. The cole slaw was next to try and we both like trying cole slaw at various places when available. I believe you can tell a lot by a restaurants cole slaw. If they can make the cole slaw onsite instead of bringing it in by the bag that scores one bonus point but if they can remember that it is not just tossing shredded cabbage with a gallon of mayonnaise and can demonstrate they take pride in it… well then that is two additional bonus points. This one hit all the bonus points and went for the championship round by having nicely shredded green cabbage along with a healthy portion of purple and some shredded carrot. The dressing was light and not heavy on mayo or vinegar with a welcoming bite to the palate. Nice… Cole Slaw a solid A.

On to the Lobster Roll… Lobster Rolls are not hard to make but they ARE hard to make well. Everyone has their favorite way of making them but most stick to the basics of mayonnaise, some “secret” seasonings in certain amounts (usually only salt and pepper), perhaps a squeeze of lemon, some celery and a butter toasted roll. Sounds simple, right? Having gone through many a roll in the homeland of rolls it is apparently NOT simple. We opened up our rolls which were wrapped separately in foil and were visually taken back to New England. You could tell there was a light sauce mixed with the substantially packed roll and the bun itself, a traditional New England hot dog bun, was toasted not inside but outside providing a nice golden crust to place your fingers upon. We both completely ignored the fries to be honest and went for the trophy. We weren’t disappointed. The first taste you get is the buttery crust of the outside of the bun. A sweet flavor hits your tongue as your teeth begin to sink into what was an ample portion of chunked lobster tail and claw meat. A very light sauce covered each pieces but the sauce itself was not attempting to over power the meat, or try and hide less than stellar quality, or even act as a sort of crutch. It was there as a compliment; something to take the seeping sweet juices of the lobster meat and make a glaze to carry every piece of that arthropod to your taste buds. In short, we’ve tried many a roll and this one we both would pit against anything coming out of New England and it would easily hold its own. Grade as far as outside of New England is an A+. If this was served in New England it would still get an A.

Oh yeah, the fries. Basic fries lightly seasoned with Old Bay. You could get a hint of the seasoning and it wasn’t overpowering. Many times a restaurant will dump the seasoning like they are trying to hide rotten potatoes or the like making them very salty and less than enjoyable without dunking them in a vat of ketchup. These were fine by themselves of even with a bit of malt vinegar for a compliment. Good stuff and a B+.

If ever in southern LBI or if you are traveling down towards Manahawkin and want to get a flavor of New England without the 6+ hour drive I would highly recommend taking a few minutes and visiting “The Maine Course”. You will not be disappointed.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank Eric D
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mjt184
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Best Lobster Roll on LBI”
Reviewed July 13, 2012 via mobile

This is now my go to place for lobster rolls on LBI. New England style lobster rolls with big chunks of lobster on a toasted bun. The price was very reasonable compared to other places on the island.

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NJ
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“New England Seafood in NJ”
Reviewed July 11, 2012

This restaurant is as good as any New England seafood restaurant I have visited and there are many I have visited through the years. For years our family vacationed in New England and our lunches and dinners were always New England seafood. We have been here twice. Aside from the GREAT food, the people are really nice. Nothing seems to be a bother for them, you get whatever you want the way you want it and if you need more sauces, no problem. We have eaten the whole belly clams (yes whole belly Ipswich clams, lobster rolls both hot and cold (great portions and not stuffed with fillers, just lobster), lobter pie, lobster mac and cheese and great New England clam chowder (will be strong competition for this year's Chowder Fest). All of the food was outstanding and very moderately priced, especially for LBI. This is a place you have to go to and go again and again. I wish we weren't north on the other side of the Causeway, but we will continue to make the trip anyhow. David Dutkus

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank David D
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