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Post Cruise — Lunch at Crabby’s Bar & Grill in Clearwater

Crabby’s Dockside

Time for a late lunch along Causeway Boulevard at Crabby’s Dockside. That 37 Causeway Blvd. address is actually a bit misleading. The restaurant is more easily approached from Coronado Drive.

One look at the menu sold us:

Crabby's Dockside lunch 10-21-2019 4-29-16 PM

Crabby’s menu

Alas, the air conditioned spaces had a wait, so we went up to the open air third floor deck:

Crabby’s open-air dining on the upper deck

Despite the warmth of the day, and the touch of humidity, we enjoyed both the meal and the views:

View from Crabby’s upper deck

Ursula opted for one of her favorites, the stuffed flounder:

Ursula about to dive in to her stuffed flounder

It was rather tasty, and came with a choice of two sides. For this Ursula chose the coleslaw and the mashed potatoes:

Ursula’s stuffed flounder — Yummy!

I went with the fried grouper and shrimp, and I paired those with slaw and fries:

Grouper and shrimp for me

Let’s take a last look at Crabby’s from the Coronado Drive approach:

Crabby’s Dockside as approached from Coronado Drive


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Fall Foliage Cruise — New Brunswick; St. Martins Sea Caves and Lunch

St. Martins Sea Caves at high tide

Another place we visited twice this day was the area of the St. Martins Sea Caves. As with previous places we visited twice, the purpose was for Diane Howarth of Go Fundy Tours to show us the same location at both low and high tide. The other purpose for our visit here was lunch, which we’ll get to shorty. But first, let’s take a look at the caves during that morning’s low tide:

Low Tide at St. Martins Sea Caves

As you can see, the Bay of Fundy waters along this stretch of beach have receded considerably. Here is a close up of the caves, which you to walk to during low tide:

Low Tide at St. Martins Sea Caves

So, how did this scene look just three hours later? Let’s take a look, first at the beach:

St. Martins Sea Caves at high tide

No way you’re going to stroll over to those caves now! Here’s a telephoto view of the caves:

St. Martins Sea Caves at high tide

On this beach are two restaurants. One is famous for their fish and chips, the other for the seafood chowder. Ursula got out voted by the group, so we headed over to the Seaside Restaurant & Takeout:

Seaside Restaurant for fish & chips

But, oddly enough, Seaside advertises outside that their seafood chowder is award winning, so Ursula was not too disappointed. She opted to give this chowder a try, but we both found it a bit lacking. It looks rich, and the pools of butter on top appeared inviting, but the chowder itself was a bit watery. Fortunately, the taste was good (not great), and seafood was abundant:

Seaside Restaurant’s seafood chowder

Most of the rest of our group had the fish & chips, which also came with cole slaw. The slaw was yummy, and the fish both tasty and crunchy, but the chips left a little to be desired. They came not quite fresh from the fryer and lacked the hearty crunch one craves with such fare:

Seaside Restaurant’s fish & chips

We’re about to finish up our fall foliage cruise, but we’re not done yet with Adventure of the Seas. Not only was this a fall foliage adventure, it was also a repositioning cruise that would soon take us south. Our last views of the fall foliage portion of the cruise will appear on this week’s Fun Photo Friday. Wednesday we’ll made a quick return to Quaco Head Light, then take in a scenic overlook of Saint John. Until then, here’s one last look at the St. Martins Sea Caves and the Bay of Fundy at high tide:

St. Martins Sea Caves on the Bay of Fundy at high tide

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Fall Foliage Cruise — Lunch at DiMillo’s, Portland, Maine

Tour boat heading back into Portland Harbor

Our boat tour was almost at an end, and Ursula had planned for us a lunch at DiMillo’s by the Water. This floating restaurant is actually inside an old ferry that has quite the history: Built in 1941 as The New York (service between New Castle, Delaware and Pennsville, New Jersey); sold to Virginia in 1951 and renamed The Norfolk (service between Norfolk and Hampton); sold in 1958 to Rhode Island and renamed The Newport (service between Newport and Jamestown); Sold in 1969 to the city of Pawtucket, R.I., and used as a youth center art colony; changed hands yet again in 1977 to the Setaucket Yacht Club of Port Jefferson, N.Y. for use as a clubhouse and for boat storage; and, finally, sold in 1980 to the DiMillo family, and opened two years later as the restaurant you see here in today’s article.

DiMillo’s is housed in a former ferry

But before we get to lunch, let’s enjoy the final few moments of our tour boat excursion:

Portland by tour boat

Now let’s had back into DiMillo’s Marina:

DiMillo’s Marina (floating restaurant in the background on the left)

If you’re looking for DiMillo’s on the Water from Commercial Street, you won’t see the actual restaurant as it sits way back at the end of the marina. You will find on the street, however, this convenient landmark:

DiMillo’s on the Water by land

I neglected to photograph the interior, and in retrospect that was a major omission on my part. It’s beautifully appointed inside. But let’s get down to the food, starting with a look at DiMillo’s lunch menu as of October, 2019:

DiMillo’s on the Water menu

Ursula opted for her usual, which by now you know means seafood chowder. Her taste was starting to go, apparently from a head cold, but rich, thick with seafood, and quite good:

Ursula’s seafood chowder

I splurged and ordered off the dinner menu. I went with the ‘Admiral’s Portion’ of the ‘Lazy Lobster’, which is lobster already liberated from the shell and served in butter. Along with it I opted for the cheesy polenta, which was okay but not great (I prefer my own crispy polenta):

Doug’s “Lazy Lobster” (admiral’s portion) with polenta

There was nothing disappointing about the lobster, however. It was quite a good size portion, as you can see from this closeup:

Closeup of “Lazy Lobster” in butter

After lunch Adventure of the Seas was less than an hour from departure, and we really didn’t want to miss the boat, so to speak, so we started hoofing it back to the ship. As we approached the ship, I decided to take this photo of disused pylons protruding from the waters alongside the cruise ship dock:

Old, disused pylons in Portland Harbor

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