Old Town is just north of Orono. It is home to the Old Town Canoe Factory that has made canoes for nearly a century. There are several canoes on display. We watched an interesting video that gave some of the history of the company as well as of canoe building.
Nice restaurant with a great view of the neighboring river. The Chocolate Grille also has a nice bar, and a wide variety of drinks, including several chocolate drinks. As you can imagine, the Chocolate Grille also has some tasty desserts.
Favorite Dish: Chocolate Souffle
Johnny's is a decent casual dining spot. Popular with some of the older ladies in the community, its run by some nice people. The seating area is compact, but there is probably room for about 20 people or so. They also have a steady take-out business. It reopened under new management in 2004 and seems to be doing well. Their menu has the usual range of burgers, pizzas, pastas, etc. Most of it is under $10 except for the seafood. The parking nearby is decent and is just off the downtown area. The Riverfront Park is right next door so you can go walk off some of the food you just ate. Overall a nice family place.
Favorite Dish: Seafood Basket: I had the seafood basket and loved it. I've since had their other seafood options: Scallop basket, Clam basket, ect, however they didn't seem to be as large as the Seafood Basket. I'd say spend a little extra money and get the whole thing.
I have friends that swear by the chicken finger basket, though I've never had it myself. Will have to try it out sometime.
Called 'The Number 10' by the locals, this place is a bar for the older crowd (or the younger who don't care about being around old drunks). Often rowdy, a night wouldn't be complete without a visit from the cops. They occasionally have live bands (having played there myself during my band days). Overall this place is a dump. It would have more potential if the owner cleaned the place more often. As it is, no money is being put into it and it remains a dump. It has a bar, music machine, pool table and large screen TV. The bands usually play upstairs where there is a dance floor (very small...be careful if its been raining...the floors are slippery) and another smaller bar. As with many bars, avoid the bathroom. The last time I was there, there was one large trough for urinals, and an existant, but hardly useable toilet. The owner has recently started a pizza shop next door, but I don't trust them either and will never buy food there. If you want pizza, go to Brother's Pizza up the street, or Pizza Dome near the College Av Intersection.