I had an extra intense craving for rich full flavored food this week and decided to indulge myself through two lunches at what I think of as Maine’s top spots to indulge in over-the-top yummy goodness. My first stop was Hoss and Mary’s Tasty Grub. Open year round, this Old Orchard Beach side shack has some of the heartiest treats around. This past Thursday, I indulged in a deep-fried lobster roll with onion rings. Some of the lobster’s flavor is lost to the frying, it is more than made up for in the perfect texture of the golden batter and the succulent nature of the fresh meat. A supremely satisfying experience. Don’t feel like a lobster roll, how about trying a crab Rangoon topped burger.
For our second stop on our tour of hearty comfort, my wife and I went to Nosh. We hadn’t been for a while,and I was pleasantly surprised to see some lighter beautifully crafted items on the menu. I loved everything but particularly enjoyed the seared tuna nachos. It consisted of expertly prepared tuna served on shrimp chips with a Asian mayo and sriracha. Tangy rich, happiness in my tummy. I moved on to a reconstructed fried chicken and waffle. The chicken was smoked and pulled, then served over a blue cheese jam topped waffle, then covered with buffalo sauce and shredded lettuce. Amazing! My wife had a Pho French Dip sandwich. It consisted of thinly sliced rare roast beast and crunchy veggies and herbs. It was served with a side of pho broth for dipping. A delicious twist on a classic. Of course, no visit to Nosh would complete without some their wonderful fries.