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Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Dockside Grill Review - Falmouth, Maine

I had a Living Social deal that was set to expire soon, so Gabrian and I decided to use it yesterday. After picking up Gabrian's recital pants from the tailor we headed out to The Dockside Grill for dinner.

The restaurant is located on the water and it adjacent to a yacht yard. Gabrian got a huge kick out of seeing all of the boats in and out of the water. We saw some people working on their boats and I think Gabrian would have liked to join them.

That afternoon before I had left work, I had checked out their website. On the site they mentioned that you could make reservations through Open Table. I went online but they were no longer offering that service. So I was quite surprised when we arrived and they asked if we had a reservation. They said they could still seat us but it would be a wait and we would only be able to sit a high table. We agreed and went back upstairs to wait to be called.

It wasn't long before they came back for us. I didn't mind sitting at the high top and Gabrian was actually quite excited. However, it annoyed me that the entire time we were dining I could see several low top tables that were available. I am not sure what the deal was.

Our waitress came by pretty quickly, although it felt like one of the few times that she actually came by. We placed our orders for drinks while we perused the menu. I had the Casco Bay Drink ($11). This was a rum infused with mango and pineapple served with coconut milk and nutmeg. This drink was amazing. I wanted to order another one but could never get the waitresses attention.

After looking at the menu, I decided we would get several appetizers and finish up with a dessert. Just a word of caution if you are bringing kids, there is no kids menu. Gabrian is a pretty good eater but if you have picky eaters, you may run into issues. The waitress took our order and we had a lengthy wait for our food. Another peeve of mine was they had a really nice looking bread service but we were never offered any. I saw other tables getting just appetizers that received bread so I am not sure why we were excluded.

Gabrian took this picture of me. He is getting pretty good with the camera. He has actually taken quite a few shots of me that I like lately. While we were waiting for our food, I had the opportunity to take a few pictures of our surroundings.

Our appetizer finally came out. We were starving at this point!

This was the Fried Calamari ($12) served with cocktail sauce.  I think this would have been delicious if it had been served hot. I think it had been sitting around for awhile waiting for our other dishes to be ready. I would have preferred it with a marinara or tartar sauce. The batter was nicely seasoned and not too heavy. I wish I could have had it when it first came out.

Our next appetizer was the Tostadas ($12) served with a pico de gallo and sour cream. It had beef, corn, and a black bean base. Again, this tasted like it had been sitting around for awhile and it was at best luke warm. I also felt like the tostada had been over fried. It didn't have much seasoning and was really bland. I wasn't impressed for the $12 it cost.

This one was the clear winner. It was mussels served in a broth made with wine ($13). If I had known how much we were going to fight over it, I would have given up one of the other choices and gotten two of these. I feel like I had blinked and Gabrian had wolfed it down. I forgot how much he loves mussels. We also fought over the bread to dip into the broth. This was definitely our favorite.

We chose the Doughnut Sundae ($8) for our dessert. The doughnut tasted freshly prepared and came out piping hot. We enjoyed this dish quite a bit as well.

My lasting impression is that I probably will not be coming back, at least with the kids. I wouldn't mind having that cocktail and mussels again. Since, Gabrian insists on eating every night, it will be very unlikely I will be returning soon.

If you would like to try The Dockside Grill for yourself, they are located at 215 Foreside Rd., Falmouth, Maine.