August 12, 2011

Harbor Side Friday Nights!

There is a reason Maine is a culinary hot spot. The seafood is considered world-class and food writers have raved about the quality and creativity of the restaurants. From classic lobster shacks up and down the coast to casual pubs and bistros to celebrated award-winning fine dining establishments, Maine is the state to relax and enjoy fresh, local cuisine!

The Maine House always anticipates the arrival of Friday night when we head down to Old Port. Old Port is the lively historic district of Portland where you will find unique shops showcasing high-quality handcrafted goods from pottery, jewelry, furniture and glassworks, amazing cuisine, ice cream shops, neighborhood Trattoria's and Irish Pubs. The harbor is filled with exquisitie yachts, sail boats, Lobster boats and outdoor patio's filled with couples enjoying evening cocktails. It is a heavenly night when the full moon shimmers on the water and the seagull sounds echo throughout the harbor....ah, music to my ears!

Darling and I have fallen in love with DiMillo's! The restaurant is actually a converted car ferry that originally ran between New Castle, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. Later it ran between Newport and Jamestown, Rhode Island.

 In 1965, Tony DiMillo opened "DiMillo's on the Waterfront," just across the street from where it sits now. DiMillo's quickly became one of Portland's most popular restaurants, as people came from all over the country to sample DiMillo's famous lobster dinners.

 The restaurant rises and falls with the tide twice a day, and because it's surrounded by water, every table offers spectacular views from the dining rooms, function rooms, and outside decks. Tony DiMillo opened his first restaurant, "Anthony's" in 1954 on Fore Street where he coined the slogan, "The clams you eat here today slept last night in Casco Bay."  In 1960, with development changing the look of Fore Street, Tony moved Anthony's to Center Street.

A Maine House Mosaic

 We have brought all family visitors to enjoy lunch and dinner at our favorite dining spot and have enjoyed winter nights by the fireplace, outdoor dining by the the harbor and lunch above the yachts! I believe all have agreed, let's go back to DiMillo's! They now know us as  "regulars" and the owner, Steve DiMillo, one of Tony's son's, was even so kind as to give us two wine glasses showing his appreciation for being  faithful customers. Thank you Mr. DiMillo, for always making our dining experience delightful! Hmmm, it is Friday isn't it? Well, you know where to find us!

There are some indulgences in life that are worth tossing aside all the reasons you shouldn't and simply enjoying what's in front of you. 
Keeping with our seafood theme, this is always on my
holiday menu for one great appetizer!

Estelle's Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
1 cup crabmeat
1/2 cup cream cheese
1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
4 tablespoons Parmesan
Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder to taste 
10 white mushrooms caps
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Combine the crabmeat, cream cheese, parsley, green onions and Parmesan. Season with House Seasoning, to taste. Stuff the mushroom caps with the mixture and top with bread crumbs. Spray the tops with nonstick spray to help them brown. Transfer to the oven and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the filling is hot and melted.

Another favorite "must have" is a Beal's Ice Cream Cone!
How does Coffee Health Bar Crunch and Peanut Butter Vanilla Swirl Sound?
Darling has his spot in line!

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