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Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at MaineToday.com and a music writer for MaineToday.com and the Portland Press Herald. She has been obsessed with - and inspired by - music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She bought her first Rolling Stones record at a flea market when she was in 7th grade and discovered David Bowie a year later. She's a HUGE fan of the local music scene and covers it along with national musical happenings in her "Face the Music" column and with artist interviews that appear in print in the Portland Press Herald and online at Mainetoday.com. You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets. Aimsel is also the host of Music from 207 on 98.9 WCLZ and appears monthly on the News Center Maine TV show “207” to talk about...music of course.

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Posted: July 17, 2014

Burgers & pizza with an ocean view at Emma’s Eats at Pine Point, Scarborough

Temptations edible and visual beckon for a classic summer-at-the-beach feast.

Written by: Aimsel Ponti
Cheeseburger combo with house-fried chips at Emma’s Eats, the snack bar, now operated by Bayley’s Lobster Pound, at Pine Point Beach in Scarborough. Joel Page/Press Herald staff photo

Cheeseburger combo with house-fried chips at Emma’s Eats, the snack bar, now operated by Bayley’s Lobster Pound, at Pine Point Beach in Scarborough. Joel Page/Press Herald staff photo

Summer is in full swing and Pine Point Beach is one of my favorite spots to soak up the sun, splash in the waves, take my pooch for a stroll and just sit and gaze at the ocean.

So I was pleased to learn that the folks at Bayley’s Lobster Pound took over ownership of the beach’s snack bar and are calling it Emma’s Eats.


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My lunch date picked me up and off we went to nosh and breathe in some salty air. It was a less-than-stellar day when we went, but we sat under an umbrella on a picnic bench at Emma’s and had a million-dollar view of the beach and ocean.

Under the “beach food” category on the menu are a tuna salad wrap ($5.95), hot dog ($1.95), popcorn chicken ($4.95 for small, $7.95 large) and cheeseburger ($4.25). For $1.50 to $1.70 more you can make all of these a “combo,” with either traditional French fries or Emma’s house-fried chips.

The other main feature of the menu is pizza, all 16 inches. Cheese is available by the slice for $1.99. Full pies include the Piping Plover (barbecue chicken, garlic cream, cheese, bacon and caramelized onions for $16.99), the Kelp (veggies, basil, tomato, feta and garlic without red sauce for $15.99) and the Pillsbury Drive (lobster, scallions, bacon and white sauce for $21.99) among a few other tempting offerings.

 Emma's Eats is seen Monday, July 14, 2014 at Pine Point Beach in Scarborough. Joel Page/Press Herald photo

Emma’s Eats is seen Monday, July 14, 2014 at Pine Point Beach in Scarborough. Joel Page/Press Herald photo

I had no desire to reinvent the lunch wheel, so I played it safe and ordered the cheeseburger combo, with fries ($5.95). My friend opted for the chicken Caesar wrap combo ($7.95). We parked ourselves and the food was delivered by super friendly staff.

My cheeseburger was good. It wasn’t earth-shattering, but you know something, it didn’t need to be. It was hot and tasty enough and the fries hit the spot, and that was good enough for me.

My friend said her wrap was perfectly adequate for a beach picnic and while it may not win any awards, the beautiful backdrop more than made up for it. She did, however, rave about the extra crispy and generous serving of perfectly browned, hand-cut deep fried potato chips. Truth be told, I snagged more than a few off her plate and concur with her assessment. And yes, I also polished off all of my standard issue fries, in case you were wondering.

I think next time I’ll go halfsies with someone on one of Emma’s Eats awesome-sounding pizzas, but there were certainly no regrets about my mid-week luncheon. The staff was wonderful, the food was good and the setting picture perfect.

Emma’s Eats

WHERE: 63 King St., Scarborough, 219-8642
HOURS: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
WAIT: 5-10 minutes
PARKING: Customer parking at Pine Point Beach
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Yes

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