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Ogunquit, Maine: Delicious Seafood at Jackie’s Too

I’ve been to Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, Maine probably a hundred times throughout my life, but never once have I dined at Jackie’s Too Restaurant. I asked myself, “Why not?” It’s not the only restaurant found in this iconic part of Maine. There’s another handful of restaurants located in the immediate area, of which I’ve personally eaten at Barnacle Billy’s (you MUST try their famous rum punch).

On a recent visit up the coast of Maine, I decided that it was time to pay a visit to Jackie’s Too for lunch.

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The day was very sunny and especially warm. Even the consistent ocean breeze wasn’t enough to cool me off. Not that I’m complaining, because I live for summer. I’m just setting the stage.

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The restaurant is situated in arguably one of the most desirable spots in the cove, right on the water. There’s both indoor and outdoor seating; on this particular day, there wasn’t a soul to be found inside.

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The lunch wait was approximately 20 minutes, but it was Friday, and I didn’t think that was too bad. I had requested a canopy seat, which is underneath the outdoor covering directly parallel to the water. Our table was building side, rather than right next to the ocean, but the view was still spectacular and the water view was unobstructed.

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Before I talk about the food, I want to mention our waiter that day, Fikret. He’s from Turkey and is working at the restaurant for the summer. I’m a huge proponent of good customer service. I find that in a world filled with service oriented businesses, true friendliness and efficiency is often hard to find. Fikret, however, was an exception to that rule.

Fikret, our waiter.

Fikret, our waiter.

I can’t speak for all the waitstaff there, but Fikret was very personable and extremely competent. He was conversational without being overwhelming intrusive. He regularly refilled our waters without our having to ask, and made sure that we had whatever we needed. He didn’t “disappear” on us, and we never had to wait long for him to return. I spoke with him before we left, and he said that he has worked for Disney cruises in the past, and visited over 50 countries. I was impressed, and a bit envious! I’m glad, though, that he’s made his way to Maine, and I hope to see him again.

Jackie’s Too has a really good selection of lunch options, and what I found to be very fair prices. I’ve dined many times in Ogunquit, and have paid the gamut for seafood. When it comes to seafood, I’m willing to pay more for the quality, fully knowing that my lobster has been harvested in the frigid North Atlantic waters.

Lunch Menu.

Lunch Menu.

I had been CRAVING mussels in a mad way. I hadn’t had any all season and new that my number was up. The menu described them as steamed in white wine, garlic, and butter, oh my! I got a large bowlful which I eagerly dove into. I was not disappointed. The flavor was light but flavorful, and I enthusiastically popped one after the other into my mouth. They also serve crusty bread, which I aptly tore off and soaked in the luscious broth.

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For an entree, I chose the Haddock and Chips. The fried batter on the haddock was light and the haddock was extremely flakey. The pieces were also on the thicker side, which I personally enjoy. There’s nothing worse than getting thin end tail pieces. This haddock did not disappoint. The fries were good and the portion was just right. The only thing that I wasn’t truly a fan of was the coleslaw. I’m not a coleslaw snob, but it’s rare that I find one to my liking. I enjoy a more vinegary burst of flavor, not so much the mayonnaise variety. This coleslaw was wet, but flavorless. I took a decent bite, but then pushed the rest aside.

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My daughter Bella, the lobster fiend, decided on the Lobster Roll. It was stuffed to capacity with fresh, juicy lobster. Just a touch of mayo to bind it and some celery for texture was all that the lobster roll needed. She devoured it, but left some of the bun behind when she could eat no more. French fries also came with her meal.

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I would definitely return to Jackie’s Too this summer. I know that I can count on the view to be spectacular and the seafood to be fresh and plentiful. What more could a girl ask for?

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