Fish Bones – Neither Fishy nor Boney

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Trying something different for our second restaurant week excursion, my wife and I decided to venture about 45 minutes away from home to Lewiston. We wanted to try a new restaurant while also having the opportunity to visit and dine with my parents. We decided to try Fish Bones, an establishment that’s been around a few years but was new to both of us. Fish Bones has a reputation of being one of the better, higher-end restaurants in Lewiston, but since Lewiston doesn’t have the food scene that Portland does, I was curious how we would fare.

We arrived early with the thought of getting a pre-dinner drink, but when we got there, we decided against it. We had a half hour to wait before our 7:15 reservations, but the lounge area had plenty of seating available even though they were very busy. We waited while engaging in good conversation, reading some local culture magazines they had available, and watching food that came out to see what was in store for us.

The restaurant was very nice inside. The brick walls which used to house a mill gave the place a great look and contrasted really well with the wooden bar and rustic theme. You might call it rustic industrial. The lounge housed the bar, a few comfortable couches and chairs, and a table or two. There was a dining room on either side of the lounge. One seemed a bit more private as though it might be used as a function room. What appeared to be the main dining room had the kitchen located in the rear.

While we were waiting for seating, the hostess followed up with us a few times – once prior to our reservation time, at 7:15, and at least once after that. Our table was finally ready at 7:30, 15 minutes after our scheduled reservation, but it’s reasonable to give a 15 minute leeway as that’s how long most restaurants will hold your table if you’re late. We were seated in the main dining area and provided standard menus along with the one for restaurant week.

Shortly after being seated, the waitress showed up with water and took our drink orders. I passed on the drink since I was driving, but everyone else ordered wine. Our drinks arrived quickly and we were then given a basket of bread and butter. There were various types of bread and they were all delicious. A short time later we placed our orders. Their regular menu was full of seafood and land-walkers, but we all had the fixed price restaurant week meals which meant we each got to order an appetizer, entree, and dessert.

Three of us ordered the Lobster Rangoons for our appetizers.  My dad chose the Mussels Margaritas, but unfortunately, the waitress returned to tell us they had just run out. He said it was no problem and followed our lead with the rangoons. The food came out in what seemed like no time at all. The plate had a salad of Asian vegetables in sweet Thai chili sauce flanked by two rangoons.

When everyone dug in, the decision was unanimous. The food was awesome. My mom’s fear of Thai chili sauce and my dad’s apprehension from a not-so-great experience there a few years ago after they first opened were both set aside. The Asian-themed app was thoroughly enjoyed by all and truly left us wanting more.

For entrees, we had a full sampling of the restaurant week menu as we tried all three between the four of us.  Dad and my wife had the Panko Crusted Haddock and Native Fingerlings; mom chose the Filet of Sirloin and Maine Shrimp Risotto, while I tried the Baxter Crusted Pork Medallions. The meals came out in quick time and again, everyone was very pleased. My pork was coated in spent grains from the local brewery – Baxter Brewing. It was a cool idea, but it could have used more seasoning. However, it came with a creamy herb and wild mushroom spaetzle that was very flavorful so I mixed pieces of pork into it and they went together as perfectly as a married Tiger Woods and random women at nightclubs.  Both the portions of fish and beef were sizable, with a significant amount of shrimp on the plate with the filet.

The last course was a choice between Maine Apple Cobbler or a Stowaway Brownie Sundae. We all chose the sundae, but by the time we got to dessert, they were out, so we ended up with the cobbler. Our waitress let us know there would be a bit of a delay for this part of the meal because a bunch of them were ordered at once. Since we were pretty full, a few minutes extra wait was actually a good thing. It was also not a big deal because, except for the seating, they were on point the entire night.

Our cobbler came out eventually and was served with house-made bacon brittle maple ice cream. I’m usually not a big fan of maple, but I must say this one was well done. Everyone agreed. The cobbler was yummy and the brittle in the ice cream was a nice crunchy touch.

After we were done, everyone was stuffed. I’m not sure anyone completely finished their dessert and some took food home. Everyone had a great time and a great meal. Four $32 meals and 3 glasses of wine came to $160 plus tip.  A little bit of a wait and running out of a couple items were minor speed bumps in an otherwise great night of food. The service was excellent and our waitress was on top of everything. It turns out that Lewiston does have a place for foodies. If you’re ever there, you should definitely check out Fish Bones. It’s worth it.

Stay Hungry

Feel free to email me at peterpeterportlandeater@yahoo.com with any thoughts, suggestions, criticisms, or otherwise helpful info or feel free to post your thoughts below.

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One thought on “Fish Bones – Neither Fishy nor Boney

  1. Nancy Theriault

    We ate there with friends a few years ago and while I can’t remember what we had I do have a very positive memory of the experience. Have you eaten at Fuel on Lisbon St? We’ve been there two or three times and highly recommend it.

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