Monday, August 17, 2009

The Oxford House Inn Review - Maine

We stayed at this cute little bed and breakfast inn up in Fryeburg called the Admiral Peary House. Because we stayed there for 3 nights, we were given a complimentary dinner (appetizer and entree) at the Oxford House Inn across the street. We arrived rather late into Fryeburg so we were only able to get a very brief glimpse of the beautiful backdrop out the back window of the distant mountains.. 

For our appetizers, we shared the Curried Sweet Corn and Smoked Bacon Chowder and the Garden Tomatoes and Housemade Fresh Mozzarella with toasted garlic, basil pesto, and an aged balsamic. The chowder was absolutely delightful!!! It was a slightly thickened hot soup that stimulated all different areas of your tongue..from the saltiness of the cripsy thick cut bacon bits, the wonderful sweetness and creaminess of the corn chowder, and the spiciness/heat of the curry...I was practically in foodie heaven...We then finished with the fresh juicy tomatoes, tender mozzarella which apparently the chef makes himself, covered in this yummy sweet pesto, strips of fresh basil, and a tangy thick yet sweet balsamic. 

Then onto the entrees, we shared the Grilled Black Angus Filet Mignon and their Seared Sea Scallops. The steak was a Grilled Black Angus Filet Mignon with Roasted Shallot mashed pototoes, which was perfectly cooked to our liking.  Juicy and tender on a bed of super tasty potatoes and grilled summer veggies. The most amazing part about the dish was that it had these super thinly shaved leeks (probably grilled) on top of the steak, that tasted like crispy onion rings! We also shared the Seared Sea Scallops with Smoked Bacon and Manchego Brown Rice Risotto, Frenched Beans, and Preserved Lemon Vinagrette. This dish was solid. Sweet large juicy scallops with a nice creamy/salty risotto. 

And for dessert, we tried their Oxford House Ice Creams and Sorbets (pick 3). We tried the Belgian Milk Chocolate Ice Cream, Blueberry Sorbet, and Peach Sorbet. It was served alongside peanut brittle and a warm gooey chocolate chip cookie with macadamia nuts. YUM! My favorite flavor was the blueberry sorbet. Sooo wonderful! The blueberry flavor was incredibly intense and not too sweet. Quintiessential Maine. I have to say that I did not love the peach sorbet...Kind of blah with little flavor. The chocolate ice cream was good but a little sweet for me. 

In the end, we loved this place. Amazing service. Amazing food. And above all, most of it was free! (Sort of...since we did pay for the B+B).

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