Day Trip to Maine
March is here and cabin fever hit so Lisa and I needed a day trip. We decided that a run up the coast to Kittery, Maine was just the ticket.
Kittery, Maine is a great spot because our favorite store, The Kittery Trading Post is there. I love to make a trip there to buy my Merrell shoes and Northface fleece shirts and everything outdoorsy that you could ever want. It’s right on Route 1, just off exit 3.
After shopping, we decided to get lunch and while there are several places to eat in Kittery, we decided to drive up a short way on Route 1 to York, Maine. We thought we might be too early for the Golden Rod, or too many other places to be open, and we were right.
I talked to a passer-by who had a take out container and she let us know that across the street and down by the water, the Union Bluff Hotel had a restaurant that was open. We had a chance to visit a place we would otherwise pass up.
Union Bluff Hotel
The Union Bluff Hotel has been on this part of York Beach (8 Beach Street) since 1868. It appears to be in great shape and they have been remodeling when we stopped in. Our goal was “The Pub”. We had about a 15 minute wait and we took our flashing, vibrating thingy outside to sit in some Adirondack chairs by the beach.
The day was bright but the wind off the water made us glad to head back inside when we were buzzed. We picked a table that had a view of the water.
The menu tells the story of the hotel in a few short words and we poured over the menu. Lisa chose the fried haddock sandwich with sweet potato fries and I had a Blue Cheese burger with the onion fries.
It took a while, but given that they were packed, I’ll give them a break on this. The sandwiches were decently sized and I first tried my “onion fries”. They sent my mouth into orbit, providing a mild (for me) mayo and horseradish sauce to accompany the onion fries (rings cut in quarters and deep fried that way).
They were superb and I sunk my teeth into the medium rare burger with chunk blue cheese (I prefer mine a a generous slice so the chunks don’t fall out, but the blue was nicely flavored. The burger was very juicy so don’t sit back to enjoy or you’ll take a bath in the juices.
Lisa also highly enjoyed her fried haddock sandwich. It was generous in it’s cut and thickness. Her sweet potato fries were also, as she says, tasty.
My only problem was that it was so good, I couldn’t stop. I wiped up all the rings, the sandwich and of course, the pickle and had to waddle out. I shouldn’t eat so much, but I guess that is a good mark for the place when I’m not willing to quit!
We paid and walked out along the beach to the parking lot, and then the ride home. I wish I’d had the energy to stop at Nubble (Cape Neddick) Lighthouse which is only a mile and a half down the road. (just follow the signs) but we were too stuffed.
Maybe next time.
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