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Aimsel Ponti

Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at and a music writer for 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 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 of course.

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Posted: June 12, 2014

For sandwiches, summer vacation vibe: South Shore Marketplace in Standish

Written by: Aimsel Ponti
South Shore Marketplace’s pulled pork sandwich, with fries and cole slaw, “was so flavorful you could taste how fresh it was.”

South Shore Marketplace’s pulled pork sandwich, with fries and cole slaw, “was so flavorful you could taste how fresh it was.” Carl D. Walsh/Press Herald photo

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.

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I heeded the call of my grumbling stomach and got down to business with deciding what to order. This was no easy task because their offerings are vast. I was first tempted by the Day after Thanksgiving sub with fresh baked turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce ($4.95 for a small, $7.95 for a large). Then the chef’s salad caught my eye with lettuce, green peppers, tomatoes, onions, cucumber, ham, salami, pepperoni, American, cheddar, Swiss and provolone cheese ($8.95).

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.

 Dinner is served at the South Shore Marketplace in Standish. Carl D. Walsh/Press Herald photo

Dinner is served at the South Shore Marketplace in Standish. Carl D. Walsh/Press Herald photo

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 |
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
PARKING: Off-street

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