(Photo from Eventide’s facebook page)
I don’t know what your plans are for this weekend, but I strongly suggest they include the Maine shrimp special at Eventide pictured above.
I met a friend for lunch on Friday, successfully leaving the house by myself with the kiddo and venturing out into the world. It was good!*
Eventide is a medium-fancy oyster bar from the owners of Hugo’s. I say medium-fancy because even though the atmosphere is casual, it’s also kind of slick and hip inside, and the food about five notches up from the oyster-bar-on-the-waterfront type deal (I’m not naming names, but there are no oyster bars on Commercial Street that I’d be willing to eat at) (and I LOVE oysters).
It’s crazy to me that Portland was without a place like Eventide until so recently, and I never ever want to go back to those dark days again. Every time I go there thinking I’m going to have a casual, not-too-expensive meal and then I see the menu and the specials and kind of black out and go on an ordering spree. I’ve never regretted it, but I’ve also never left having ordered fewer than four things.
Everything we had was spectacular. In particular, you should go now and get these two specials:
- The whole fried Maine shrimp, which are reminiscent of soft shelled crab except more convenient to eat. Maine shrimp are wonderful, by the way, and have a limited season and there are limited quantities available.
- The lamb belly. It was all I could do not to shovel that whole thing into my mouth as quickly as possible before my dining companions realized what happened.
* Except when the kid reached his limit around dessert and then screamed for the entire walk back to the car and car ride home. This is a child that does not enjoy his carseat.