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‘Thirsty Whale’, Bar Harbor, Maine — Great Family Eatery When Visiting Acadia.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Yes, Yes & Yes. They do live up to their motto.

Yes, Yes & Yes. They do live up to their motto.


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This was an accidental as opposed to a serendipitous discovery — and we are sure glad that we found it.

The day before, our first day in Acadia, I was carefully perusing the excellent ‘Menu Guide‘ they have for Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island. I had picked it up at the first Visitors Center (cum Chamber of Commerce) we had stopped at — just across the bridge, as you enter the Island. I had seen the menu for a ‘pub’ with a whale’s name, and a very compelling graphic of a whale, that featured appetizers by the ‘pound’. On my low-carb diet, I sometimes just eat appetizers. So this place appealed to me. It was on Cottage Street in Bar Harbor, a main cross road off Main St. On our first night there, our first ever in Bar Harbor, we couldn’t find Cottage Street because we didn’t walk down far enough.

On our second night, driving down Main St. I did find it and pulled in. Deanna immediately spotted a sign with a whale and I assumed that this must be the place. Never occurred to me that there would be TWO ‘whale’ pubs on the same street — 5 units apart, #30 & #40. We found a legal parking spot close by (no mean feat) and ambled up to the ‘Thirsty Whale’. There was a couple with two kids standing outside. I asked them if they were waiting for a table. They said ‘yes’ but that they didn’t think it would be long. It wasn’t. They were called as we were talking. I walked in. I was greeted by a very friendly, older lady from Maine. She grabbed my arm and assured me that she will get me a table within 10 minutes. We had a table, a good table at that, within 5 minutes. She was very nice.

Bubbly, happy place. Kind of like a sports bar with some big screen TVs, but not loud or boisterous. Lots of families with kids.

I noticed that the menu did not have the appetizers that I had seen the night before. I assumed they had changed the menu. Didn’t realize that we were in a different restaurant.

Very reasonably priced drinks. Wine at $6 a glass (though I don’t know how big the glasses are because, for a change, I didn’t order my doctor’s orders, medicinal, glass of red). Instead I had a single malt, neat, for $6. That was good. I used to be a big whiskey drinker but that was the first shot I had had in over a year.

Interesting menu. They had a kid’s version of surf & turf: chicken strips and fish nuggets. Teischan had that and ate most of it.

Deanna and Devanee had lobster rolls and I did not hear any complaints — and that must mean that it was better than ‘OK’ since Deanna is the daughter of a Maine lobsterman. Devanee considers herself a lobster connoisseur.

I had the spicy shrimp corn chowder (which was lip smackingly good) with a blackened blue cheese burger (sans the bun which Devanee ate). It was GOOD. Very good.

Service was cheery, no-nonsense and fast. Prices were good.

Definitely going back.

Then when we were having our postprandial stroll we saw the OTHER whale sign. The Finback Alehouse. That was the place with appetizers by the pound. Next time we will try them.
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Deanna’s lobster roll with salad.

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My spicy chowder and burger sans roll.

Tavern 27, Laconia, N.H.: Tapas U.S. Style. Lot Of Fun. Definitely Worth Trying Out. Sure To Enjoy It.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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I am fairly familiar with Tapas. I have been to Portugal, the home of Tapas, a few times and have also frequented genuine Tapas bars in S.F. and Boston. I had heard good things about this place in Laconia and wanted to try it out.

Glad we went. It sure was a fun evening. It was complete, all-inclusive entertainment replete with a very lively (albeit a tad too loud (in terms of volume) piano player, very attentive and fun serve staff, good food and very pleasing, unusual decor that gave it a very exotic ambience. It was eclectic at its best; bronze statues of Ganesh alongside a huge chunk of quartz with van Gogh prints on the wall.

The food was good. The coffee was exquisite. WOW. I would go back just for the coffee. To say it was good would be an understatement. The NE chowder, delicately flavored but robust, was amazing. It was so good I ordered a second cup! I should have had a bowl to begin with. The Scotch Egg was as close to authentic as I can recall and I am Scotch Egg aficionado. We had a good time. The wait staff, both male, one local the other from the West, were very, very good. Very personable.

Wonderful, delectable location and today was the perfect evening. It was resplendent in its pastoral setting with the mountains in the distance, rolling countryside in between, a twinkling lake (or two) interspersed and a hint of a golf course nearby.

It sure seems to be popular with a regular crowd. As we were leaving around 8 pm it was packed. Some may have come in after a round of golf. Seems an affluent hangout judging from the expensive cars outside. Prices were ‘OK’, par for the course for an establishment of that calibre. $100+ for two adults & 2 kids (and just two glasses of wine).

Would definitely go again. Will know the drill better next time. Going to start with the coffee, It is from a local, Laconia coffee grinder. I have had coffee from them at the Laconia Airport Open Day and at the Laconia Multicultural Day. But that was in a ‘plastic’ cup. Here I had the works, including a press-down coffee maker with good cream. Wow.

The food, though Tapas style, is quite American. So don’t worry that it might be too excotic. It is not. It hints at the exotic while delivering what you are accustomed to — albeit in different proportions. Try it. I think you will like it.

Rusty Moose Restaurant In Alton, NH Not Doing Itself Any Favors On The Web.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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RustyMoose2

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I know that there are a lot of local businesses in this neck of the wood that think that the Web has no bearing on their business and prospects. Well they could be wrong, though they would really know best.

We had talked about going to the local, Alton ‘Rusty Moose‘ for dinner tonight — given that it is my birthday. Though we had been meaning to go here since they opened, we haven’t — having been foiled once on Mother’s Day. Since I started my low-carb diet in January, and yes, thanks, I have lost 24 pounds, we don’t go out to eat as much as we did in the past. But, we were going to go out tonight.

Deanna said we would need a reservation. That kind of rattled me. This is out-of-season and a Wednesday. I am used to walking in. But, I was going to oblige and call.

Not sure about others but I, these days, look up everything via Google. So this morning I Googled the ‘Rusty Moose, Alton NH‘.

The first entry I got was the 3 Yelp reviews (above) and they were SCARY!

‘Overpriced’ seemed to be a theme. So, I wanted to see the menu — online, of course.

Well if they do have it online it wasn’t on the first page of Google.

I did find what looked like a very attractive and fairly priced menu (below) BUT, alas, it wasn’t for the joint in Alton, NH!

I found the Facebook entry. Unpopulated.

Not amused. Then I found the reviews on Topix. That was the last straw. Overpriced again …

Shame.

So going to Tavern 27 in Laconia, the Tapas place. I like Tapas. I have heard good things about it. Deanna and the kids haven’t done Tapas. They have a Website. They have a menu online. It is not the greatest of restaurant Websites, BUT they have all that a punter is looking for. That is a great start.


Another Rusty Moose ... with a very compelling Website.

ANOTHER Rusty Moose … this one with a very compelling Website.



There is somebody, I don’t know who, other than that they are a TDS user from Barnstead (and we do have their IP address), giving me heck (actually borderline making threats on me) that I am slamming this restaurant.

I am not slamming them. If anything I am trying to help them. IF I slammed a restaurant you would not be in any doubt. I have no axe to grind about this restaurant. I have never been in. Actually I don’t know anything about them. That was why I was trying to find a menu etc.

Just because I don’t hide behind ANONYMOUS mask why pick on me. Go after those that left the reviews on Yelp & Topix.



Restaurant Reviews From This Blog Getting Reposted, With My Blessing, At The New iHeartDining.com

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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Restaurant Reviews From This Blog Getting Reposted, With My Blessing, At The New iHeartDining.com

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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