I was disappointed. I went last year and liked the pork and the chicken, though, the pasta was heavy. This year the fish was a bit overcooked and bland. The chops were just ok. The veggies were the same on all the dishes. While they were fresh, they weren't inventive. The dishes needed more pizzazz. We all had to put salt and pepper on our entrees. The specials ($38 each) were a good $10 more than the dishes on the regular menu. My fault: I should have asked how much they were. The roll was good, but the olive oil had little taste. The plus is BYOB and the lovely service. Our waitress was helpful and professional. But those two reasons are not enough to make me want to go back.
This is the kind of place that you might glance at and just keep driving. But trust me: stop and experience the greatness that is Frankie & Johnnys. You won't be disappointed! Other family members of mine have been raving about F&J's for quite a while now, but I just got to experience it firsthand this past weekend. The first thing that struck me was the appearance of the building and dining room: totally casual, yet welcoming and tasteful. It doesn't flaunt the "gourmet-ness" that is the food. Which is great for the likes of me, since jeans or shorts are perfectly acceptable attire. I began with the vegan tomato lime soup. After the fist taste, I almost canceled my entree order so I could eat a few more servings of that soup. It's perfect - just the right blend of tomato, spices, lime and coconut milk. Delectable! I'm drooling right now just remembering it! The best part is, even the carnivores in our group loved it as much as I did. It's so creamy, you would never know it's vegan. My entree was the curried shrimp with vegetables and coconut rice. The rice was nice and light, just a touch of coconut, while the shrimp was perfectly cooked and doused in a lovely, creamy yellow curry sauce. If you are a curry fan, this was delish! Not spicy however, as the waitress warned it might be. I guess everyone has varying levels of spice-awareness, but for me this was nice and mild and the curry was the star, offset nicely by the sweet shrimp. The veggies were great too - just simply steamed to just the right done-ness. My sister's meal is also worth mentioning as I was hugely impressed by it! She had the Vegan Tostada. It essentially was a HUGE salad base with everything under the sun in it including avocados, fresh tomatoes and masses of grilled veggies. Then there were 3 crispy tostadas piled in a nice little column right in the center, layered with amazingness: black beans, sauteed rice and topped with super-fresh salsa and an herbed tofu cream that was out of this world. Absolutely delicious! I also tasted the Lobster Purses, which were quite rich, so only eating one is totally adequate, but the flavors were amazing. There's truffle in there and cream cheese (or the like) and huge chunks of lobster. My ONLY issue with the purses is that they were pretty greasy. There was a puddle of fry oil left on the plate and that was a turn-off for me. It would have been nice if they had been drained for a few minutes or something right after coming out of the fryer. Ditto that same complaint for my husband's Fried Mussles appetizer. Yummy, but the grease was overpowering for me. Overall, everyone else at the table was raving about their food and we all left very full and happy and with lots of leftovers (the portions are HUGE!). The fact that it's BYOB is great too - it saves the customers money which helps make the menu prices a little easier to take. But to be truly honest, the food is worth every penny!! Bravo!
I came here with my boyfriend on a weekend trip to Maine. It seems to be one of the only vegetarian/vegan friendly restaurants in the area, but don't let that turn you off- their menu is largely omnivorous, with lots of creative seafood and meat dishes. We ordered the curried tomato coconut soup and the house salad to start. The soup was divine- the tomatoes were definitely not from a can (apparently all the ingredients at F&J's are bought fresh year-round) the curry was spicy, and the broth was creamy but light. Their house salad is far from your dismal conventional iceburg and hothouse tomato creation- it featured fresh pineapple, grilled eggplant and carrots, and a delicious tangy lemon dijon dressing. For dinner, we ordered the Tostada from the specials menu. We asked to share it (we're typically light eaters on a budget), and to get cheese on the side, as I don't eat it. Instead of doing just that and bringing out an extra plate for us to split our meal, we were presented two gorgeous (full-sized) entrees. The dish had "Caribbean style" black beans in a thick, smoky sauce, garlicky tomato salsa, fresh field greens, handmade crunchy tortilla, grilled vegetables and tofu, and avocado. My boyfriend's plate had melted cheese on the tortillas, and mine had creamy tofu basil ricotta, which wasn't listed on the menu. Part of the great experience I had at F&J's can be attributed to the service. Our server was so helpful and friendly- she spoke to us like locals, and was constantly waiting on us. It was really empty in there, as it's off-season, but the enthusiasm obviously doesn't waver during the winter months. I asked to meet the chef, and he was the most down-to-earth, chill guy. He's been cooking for at least fifteen years, and had alot of info to share. BYOB doesn't hurt, either. Go to Frankie & Johnny's with a bottle of wine or a few beers and expect great service, a cozy atmosphere, and fresh, flavorful, creative food.
I really enjoyed the chicken breast sandwich it was fresh and juicy definitely will order that one again..My son is a picky eater but he loved their chicken tenders. My wife is Asian and will eat anything so she just ordered the lobster roll and remarked how fresh it tasted..I pointed to the lobster tank and gave her the duhh look.awesome place to eat..and if you're a tourist please don't bring your pizza from another shop in here the seating is limited and all you'll do is irk the crap out of people like me.
Wow wow wow! Simple counter service fresh delicious Main seafood! Yah u pay 4 lobster & scallops but Harrys has the best price on York beach. We had the best lobster bisque here 10 years ago and were thrilled 2 find them still here. The counter service was friendly & fast and we r happy & full! Totally recommend!
During our first trip we Ordered the fishermans platter , food was ample but condiments were not !!! You would figure spending 37+ dollars they could spare tarter sauce and coleslaw ..... On our second trip there we ordered the same thing and this time they gave us ample tarter sauce and a lemon wedge ... We still had to ask for more lemon ..... But this time they were more than happy to supply more lemon !!!