I love two things equally: a drive in the country and checking out new places to eat. Both were achieved with a recent trip to Standish for lunch at the South Shore Marketplace. This time I was joined by graduating Cape Elizabeth High School senior Annie Russell, who job-shadowed me for a couple of days. Though she didn’t know any of the ’80s songs I sang along with on the ride, she was not at a loss for words when describing her meal.
South Shore Marketplace opened less than a year ago and I felt at home the second I walked through the door because it had a “summer vacation” vibe to it. Parts of the interior made me feel like I was on a boat and it’s the kind of place that made me nostalgic for childhood summer beach rental weeks when we’d all climb into the station wagon for dinner out.
However, my search was over when I saw one of my favorite six-letter words in print: reuben. With fries it was $8.49. Annie’s pulled pork sandwich was also $8.49, with fries and a side of coleslaw.
The day we went in, it was fairly quiet and our food was delivered quickly by the cook himself, a friendly chap who checked in with us later and described how long he had cooked the pulled pork the previous day. Without fanfare, we dove right in. My reuben was terrific. The corned beef was fresh and flavorful and every bite was heavenly. Truly.
As for Annie, she told me the pulled pork sandwich “was so flavorful you could taste how fresh it was.”
There was one area, however, that we both struggled with and that was the fries. We both found them to be bland, which I know is an odd thing to say about fries but such was the case with these. Annie said that even ketchup couldn’t rescue them. I managed to polish off most of them despite being underwhelmed. A not-so-good fry always beats a really good potato chip, right? Hmmm. I may need to rethink that philosophy.
Next time I’m in that neck of the woods I won’t think twice about stopping at South Shore Marketplace. Fries aside, the food, staff and atmosphere were right up my alley and I already know what I’m getting next time: the No Wake Zone sub, which is homemade chicken salad, smoked bacon, provolone, oven baked and finished with my choice of vegetables. Then again, the Hazard to Navigation sub could be calling me, or the Crispy Chicken Bacon Ranch sub.
WHERE: 450 Northeast Road, Standish | 648-7195 | facebook.com/SouthShoreMarketplace
HOURS: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday
WAIT: 5 minutes
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: No