Where to go in Brunswick ME for Seafood
I love discovering great places to eat amidst a sea of overpriced dining and chain restaurants when I’m on the coast. There’s a good selection of dining options in Brunswick, Maine’s downtown. But we were looking for a hidden gem. And that’s exactly what we found at Pepper’s Landing. In fact, we may have found the best seafood restaurant in Brunswick Maine.
Named in honor of the owners’ grandfather, Pepper Martin, Pepper’s Landing offers a variety of fresh, locally harvested seafood. You may not expect much from outside appearances, as Pepper’s Landing is tucked in a strip mall in Cook’s Corner. But don’t let that fool you.
I started off with a perfectly chilled, crisp Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc while I browsed the extensive menu. I am particularly fond of New Zealand wines, and this was refreshing, light, and just what I had in mind.
Variety of Locally-Sourced Seafood Dishes
The Pepper’s Landing menu is loaded with delicious-sounding seafood and other choices, all reasonably priced. I really struggled to pick with so many good selections, and so did my mom and son. Here’s why:
You’ll find tons of creative lobster dishes, varied seafood options, burgers and sandwiches, and even a tasty cocktail menu at Pepper’s Landing.
For instance, you can order a Lobster Roll prepared six different ways to suit your taste; from the more traditional “Martin,” mixed with mayo and iceberg lettuce, to the “Kennebunkport,” mixed with cilantro lime aioli with red pepper pickled cabbage, Pico de Gallo, and cajun seasoning.
You’ll also find Crab, Shrimp, Clam, and Scallop Rolls on the menu. Steamed Lobsters range from 1-1/4 pounds to Twin. Fried Dinner Baskets include lightly battered seafood or chicken, served with french fries or house-made potato chips and coleslaw.
And then there are the specialties of the house, such as Lobster Mac and Cheese, the Catch of the Day freshly grilled, and the Pan-seared Steak Tips and Sauteed peppers. (Make it a Surf-and-Turf by adding Char-grilled Lobster Tail). The list continues.
Do you now see the dilemma this seafood-lover faced at Pepper’s Landing?
What we Decided to Order at Pepper’s Landing
We each began with cups of Lobster & Shrimp Chowder, which had a sweet, delicate flavor with plenty of hearty potatoes.
For main dishes, we opted for:
- Blackened Haddock Tacos (a special)
- Crabmeat Quesadillas
- Smoked Bluefish Plate
Our knowledgeable server, Daniel, brought our dinners freshly made and piping hot—except for my smoked bluefish, served chilled.
If you are adventurous as I am, I suggest you try the Smoked Blue Fish Plate. According to the restaurant’s story on their website, Pepper Martin was known to be an expert at “the art of creating fantastic smoked fish.”
I wasn’t 100% sure about it, but once Daniel described the nuances to me, I was all in. Its flavor is reminiscent of a flaky ham and it’s paired with toasted crostini, fresh capers, cornichon pickles, and horseradish.
Clearly, Pepper Martin passed his preparation secrets down to the chef. I highly recommend trying the Smoked Blue Fish Plate.
My dining mates shared a few bites of their delicious Blackened Haddock Tacos and Crabmeat Quesadillas with me. To be honest, it was a bit of a feeding frenzy!
Each dish at Pepper’s Landing was well-crafted, delicious, and generous. The restaurant itself is spotless, with a cool bar and industrial feel. There’s nice patio seating, also. And it was priced right. My assessment? Pepper’s Landing may just be the best seafood restaurant in Brunswick Maine.
It’s open daily from 11 AM – 10 PM, with a location in Rochester New Hampshire to open soon.
All I can say is, get yourself down there before everyone else finds out about it.
147 Bath Road
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