Sure the views overlooking The Bay of Fundy and the caves are impressive, but the food was not. Considering the wealth and freshness of the seafood available from this waterway, I was expecting them to capitalize on this and provide dishes that were simply prepared......grilled or sauteed scallops, fish, salmon, shrimp etc.
Instead, this was a place that fried everything. Really? We asked if the fries or onion rings were made in house as if we were going to indulge in some heavy duty calories, then it better be worth the splurge. Nope, the spuds and rings came from a bag, previously frozen.
I would have loved to just have a steamed/boiled whole lobster, but the only thing we saw on the menu was a seafood meal for $30 that did come with one, but it had some other fillers like potatoes and mussels. The price tag for this meal and others was just downright highway robbery. We had just been to Bar Harbor where you could get twin lobsters for $20 along with sides. A single lobster, not a la carte and comparable in size was less than $14.
Considering the wholesale price of lobster was hovering around $2.55/lb The Caves mark up was ridiculous. Since there really wasn't too much else to choose from restaurant wise, we decided to order anyway.....so lobster roll ($15.99) and clam strips (4 ounces $8.99/8 ounces $12.99) it was. Again, these came with their fries like it or not. Well we had indulged in lobster rolls in both Boston and Bar Harbor ME and this one paled in comparison. The hot dog bun was squished from the bottom so that the lobster meat looked like it was overflowing. It was not. The fries were only worthy of one or two bites. The clam strips were also out of a bag, how sad
Their world famous seafood chowder was good, but be aware, we split a bowl and we still felt like it was too much. If you love butter (or whatever fat they use) and cream, this will fit the bill. There are some large chunks of seafood but it was very difficult to discern one bite from the other.
There has to be a reason, it's difficult to find their menu on-line and now we discovered why. Had we previewed it prior, we would have saved our appetites for a place in Saint Johns. $4.99 for a milkshake? Does that include partial ownership of the cow?
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