Friday, November 30, 2018

Hill’s Seafood Co. and an Iconic Ice Cream Stand – Rockland ME

The seventh day of our summer time New England/northeastern USA adventure was coming to a close.  Time to select a restaurant for dinner.  I had selected 4 restaurants in Rockland as dinner possibilities but given where we were, we decided to focus on seafood…

This is Hill’s Seafood Co. Restaurant and Bar.  This popular seasonal restaurant is located just a couple of blocks from the center of town. 

The bar was busy when we arrived.  I started with my usual Miller Lite ($4.00) but Laurie sampled a Geary’s Riverside IPA. ($5.45)

The inside dining areas were fairly busy when we arrived…

Hill’s Seafood Company’s deck/outside dining area seems to be really popular.  I like the fact that it’s totally covered shielding customers from inclement weather but just as importantly, from the glare of the sun. Plus, this is where we dined!

We both started out with a cup of Hill’s Clam Chowder. ($5.00/$8.00 bowl) It wasn’t the best ever but it was very good with lots of clams in the creamy broth.
Another ‘soup’ option was the Lobster Stew. ($9.00 cup/$16.00 bowl) 

We were tempted to order an appetizer too, but for once common sense took hold.  Appealing options included: Not-Your-Typical Calamari (spicy) ($9.00); Finley’s Flatbread with Alfredo sauce, shrimp, lobster, garlic and mozzarella ($14.00), and Crabby Crab Dip ($9.00).

For my entrée, I went for this sizable and lovely bowl of Seafood Pasta Alfredo. ($26.00) It wasn’t inexpensive but it was loaded with fresh scallops, lobster and shrimp with the Alfredo sauce tossed with penne pasta.  It was excellent!

Laurie continued with her lobster themed dining objective for this trip.  However, she did opt for a sandwich, one that you just don’t see in East Tennessee.  This was her Lobster Grilled Cheese! ($20.00) She thought that it was very good…but she now knows that she prefers an unadorned old fashioned lobster roll. 

We definitely enjoyed our first dinner on the Maine coast!  Hills Seafood Co. Restaurant and Bar is located at 266 Main Street in Rockland.  This restaurant is currently closed for the season.  Phone: 207-593-8400.  Their website with their expansive menu can be found at   

Since we usually stay at Hampton Inns where possible or practical, I don’t usually show any photos of them or even talk about them.  In this case however, location is everything!  Our hotel was in Thomaston which adjoins Rockland.  The reason that this is a great location is readily apparent in the next photo…

This is Dorman’s Dairy Dream…a local icon serving legendary ice cream. Plus, directly across the street from our Hampton Inn! I know that it’s hard to believe after seeing our dinners, but we both had an excellent Dorman’s Milk Shake to top off our day! 

Dorman’s is a family run business that’s been around since 1951…67 years!  Five generations of the family have worked here.  Every evening, even after dark and in rainy weather too, there was a line outside Dorman’s.  We would highly recommend this fun and tasty stop for young and old!  

Dorman’s Dairy Dream is at 189 New County Road in Thomaston Maine.  Phone: 207-390-0121.  You can check out Dorman’s is on-line on Facebook at  Despite it being late fall when I wrote this post, Dorman’s was still open daily (except Sunday) from 12 Noon until 9 PM.

Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…

Thanks for stopping by for some fresh seafood and quality ice cream!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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