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Friday, July 06, 2007 

Pier 77 ~ A Kennebunkport Restaurant Review

Live piano music at Pier 77. A wonderful touch.
Our Fourth of July evening began with wonderful company at a wonderful restaurant. Janice and I were joined by Pete and Miriam at Pier 77 for our annual pre-fireworks 4th of July dinner.

I have said it before but it is worth repeating, Pier 77 is an excellent restaurant in a fantastic location.

We received a warm greeting from Kate (the owner, along with her husband Pete who was hard at work in the kitchen) when we arrived. Our table was right by the window. Most of the tables are by the windows and, those that aren't have an equally spectacular view anyway.

Pete and Miriam shared a Classic Ceasar Salad to start. It looked delicious and they both confirmed it. For Janice, it was the Spinach Salad, complete with candied pecans and Goat Cheese. It is served with beets but, I didn't mention them as we both hate beets. Sorry, but neither one of us can stand them. Janice loved the salad. The candied pecans are an excellent complement to the Goat Cheese and the vinegarette dressing. For me, I skipped the starter as I was determined to eat light since we were heading out on a boat to see the fireworks.

For the main course, Miriam got the entree with the "wow factor." The Seafood Stew was piled high with clams, mussels, shrimp and fish in a light tomato saffron sauce. She did a good job with it but, Pete was there to take care of making sure there was no waste. Pete, Janice and I all got the special entree. It was Grilled Swordfish that was served over Puerto Rican dirty rice with broccoli rabe. The swordfish was cooked just right, nice and moist. I had never heard of Puerto Rican dirty rice but, it was fantastic. I think it would make a great accompaniment to several of their dishes. The broccoli rabe was very good. I'm not much of a vegetable person but, I ate it all and I liked it.

No dessert tonight, we had to catch the boat and we didn't have time. Next year... we eat earlier. I've had the pleasure of Pier 77's desserts in the past and they shouldn't be missed.

Two reminders, first Pier 77 makes a great spot for a wedding reception. They do a wonderful job. And second, if you are looking for more casual dining (shorts and tee shirt) visit The Ramp Bar and Grille. Tucked under the main restaurant, the Ramp is casual, comfortable, adorned with Pete's sports memorabilia and sits right on the water. Have a "boat drink" and order from the grill menu.

If you are staying with us at The Maine Stay Inn, we'll be happy to make your reservations.

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