Restaurant Review – Warren’s Lobster House (Kittery, Maine)

Warren’s Lobster House in Kittery on the Piscataqua River off U.S. Route 1. Warren’s was established in 1940 by Warren “Pete” Wurm and started as a small lobster shack which has grown into a 350-seat restaurant. Alex had taken a day trip with his friend Evan and stopped here for lunch.

Piscataqua River

Interior Decor

Alex had clam strips – generous portion freshly fried 9 out of 10

Taste Test – New England Clam Chowder

This is my mother’s recipe for clam chowder, she used to make it for her and my father several times a year. My mother was born in raised in Eastport, Maine and so was very well versed in fishing village staples like; clam chowder, corned pollack and dried fish. I purchased some canned clams and clam juice in an attempt to re-create the recipe.

Dice salt pork into small cubes

Do same to one medium onion

Brown pork pieces until crisp and drain off the fat

Cube and boil potatoes reserving the liquid

Combine all ingredients adding some potato liquid if needed

Add heavy cream to thicken

I mistakenly purchased whole clams, my mother used pieces of clams and that would have been much better, otherwise the chowder was good. It was a little thinner than I remembered I should have left out more of the potato water and added more cream. The clam juice by itself would have been sufficient liquid. No salt is needed as the pork is very salty. The flavor was nice but the chewy large clams was off-putting 7 out of 10.

Taste Test – Dried Fish

My mother was from Eastport, Maine and growing up we would often have a comfort meal from her childhood. The Mainers refer to it as dried fish but it is more commonly called bacalao. The Maine version of the dish consists of salted and dried cod or pollack, caramelized onions, potatoes and either salt pork or bacon.

The salt fish must be soaked in several changes of water

Traditionally salt pork is used we have substituted bacon

Boiled baby potatoes


After soaking overnight and several changes of water boil the fish

The components of the meal

Mix all together

Nostalgia alone rates it 9 out of 10 for me. Alex 8 out of 10.

Taste Test – Fox Family Potato Chips

I am a chipaholic so was looking forward to these small company manufactured chips from Maine. The Fox Family Potato Chip Company was founded in Maine during the last decade and the family has extensive association with the Maine potato industry.

The chips are light unlike many other kettle cooked brands. The salt and oil are nicely allocated and the taste is unique to a Maine russet potato.

6 out of 10

Doctor Who Exhibition – Doctor Who USA Tour 1986

In the halcyon days of early Doctor Who fandom in the United States the opportunity to experience the show outside the television were few and far between. It was quite a surprise then when this traveling exhibition made its way to small town Maine in the summer of 1986.

My nephew Roger and I made our way to Calais to take in the tour and artifacts from the show.

The mural on the side of the truck was by Andrew Skilleter