You will find an abundance of places serving lobster and crab and fried fish. Try at least one! I've seen many a lobster roll devoured with delight.
Be warned: Sometimes a little (albeit delicious!) Lobster Roll or a lobster can shock you with the price. It's usually worth it. However, an alternative is to get a crab roll, they are usually less and just as delicious. Most pounds will have clam chowder or a lobster stew. Thurston's often has corn and crab chowder - it ROCKS.
Favorite Dish: The pickles! :)
A good rule of thumb is that the fancier the place, the less authentic the lobster. A Lobster Pound ON the water is ideal, a stand with seating BY the water is very good for atmosphere as well.
When we were on Route 1 and looking for a good place to eat that was reasonable my brother recommended the Weathervane Restaurant in Belfast, Maine.
I was hesisitant because they are a small chain of restaurants all over New England and one in the Albany area of N.Y., and I did not want generic food but good authentic seafood from Maine.
Well that is exactly what I got....and even better than some expensive touristy places.
The batter that they use on their fried food is devine, so light and non-greasy. Hmmmmm....I would love some right now!!
Favorite Dish: I had a huge clam roll dinner, it took me awhile just to eat the clams before I even got to the sandwich part.
Excellent......I will go back again and again.
This is a very "fancy" restaurant on an island via Ferry from Portland,...site of many weddings and special occasions.
Diamond Cove is exclusive and connected to the "Diamond Cove" Estates.
Summer Resort and Year Round Homes.
Pamela Anderson and her husband _____ sell their fresh lobsters right off the boat at their house and fish wharf on Fisherman's Bay, Cliff Island.
If you want some for supper, just give them a call, or if you don't have a phone at your cottage, walk up to their house, leave your order at the door and go back around 5:00 pm to pick them up and pay for them.
Can't get fresher than this.
Also next door to them, Joanne and Sean O'Reilly sell their lobsters too.
Both are great buys.
Favorite Dish: Lobsters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This simple red and white shack beside highway 1 in Wiscasset, Maine is a must-stop for lobster roll and other delicacies. They have been featured on the CBS Sunday Morning television program, in the April 2004 National Geographic Magazine, and many other media outlets.
In the novel "The Summer I Dared" by Barbara Delinsky are the following lines: "Tracking the coast, Noah took Route 1 into Wiscasset, where they stopped for lunch at Red's Eats. 'Here?' Ian asked with a dubious glance at the small red building. 'See that line at the take-out? Red's has the best lobster rolls in the state.' "
Those lines may be in a novel, but they are the gospel truth.
Favorite Dish: Favorite dish, hands down, is the lobster roll. For one thing, you get the equivalent lobster meat of an entire lobster in each roll. The only down side is, these lobster rolls were $12 each as of last year. A bit pricey, but mighty good.
I'm leaving the tip up because Miller's was such an institution. In a few weeks it will be no more. A RACINO is coming in. The owners did the smart fiscal thing and accepted the more than 3 million dollar offer for the location...
It's quite a scene. There is a wide variety to choose from. Lots of hot choices, a fairly extensive salad bar, pizza station, soups, stir fried choices made to order, fruits, and of course a dessert bar. Some incredible flavors for the soft ice cream.
It's a unique cross-section of Bangor. You won't be bored just sitting and watching your neighbors (and they'll watch you, too!). Definitely worth the trip!
Favorite Dish: While I don't eat them, many people went back several times for the mussels and seemed very happy with them.
I liked the butternut squash, actually. And the mac and cheese.
There's a kiddie menu and they take credit cards.
We decided to come into Maine from US rt. 2. Not much on that road, but are a few good things to see and experience. One of them being this place. I don't know where all the people came from, but it was crowded in the middle of the day--on a weekday. And it's impressive when most people aren't coming for the beer, but the food. Again, it was the middle of the day. They had a nice variety of things to choose from as well...
We each tried a beer...it was okay. Typical microbrew. I had the lager and Bobby had the IPA. The atmosphere is nice--open, locally decorated and an outside deck.
Bethel is an area known for its outdoor sports, so I'm assuming that in certain seasons (like winter) it's a great place to hang out if you're a skier.
Favorite Dish: I had the pastrami and swiss sandwich and Bobby got a burger, which he said was good. Both were huge...and the fries are the waffle cut kind:)) I had rice with my sandwich, it wasn't that great.
Also, the couple behind us got nachos--they looked pretty good.
As I said, the best food in Maine comes from a backpack. I enjoyed a bananana, some jerky, yogurt and trail mix on top of Mt. Katahdin. Believe me, after the steep climb up Cathedral Trail, this tasted like gourmet food from the fattest chef in Italy. And the view was unbeatable!
If you love Lobster, this is place is a MUST! Even if you do not like Lobster, after trying it here, you will love it. You can eat in, outside under an umbrella, or take it out. They will even ship it to you live right to your door!! They also serve pies and other side orders. Price is based on weight, but it is cheaper than getting a steak and lobster at a local restaurant.
Favorite Dish: Uhhh...Lobster?
YES! leave it to me to insist on south-of-the-border in the Great North Woods. but they hold their own, from decor to salsa to margaritas. and they were quite accomodating; we were 6 people plus 2 toddlers...the waitress was great! they also have outdoor seating.
Favorite Dish: margaritas, what else??
The all you can eat breakfast buffet is a great value. Even if the Maine Diner across the street is too crowded chances are you'll get seated right away here.
Good spot to go with the kids.
Favorite Dish: The omlette station where they prepare it just the way you want.
The place is always very busy so odds are pretty good that you'll have to wait 15 - 30 minutes to be seated - especially in the morning. The food and service is worth the wait. You'll get a pager when you give them your name so you'll be able to wait outside or go to their gift store.
The menu has lots of variety so there is sure to be something to make everyone happy.
The walls are covered with newspaper and magazine articles about the diner as well as personal photos of the Presidents Bush.
The diner is non smoking.
Favorite Dish: mmm, I love that they serve breakfast all day. Blueberry pancakes and corned beef hash.
Great place to stop for hard and soft serve ice cream with over 80 toppings.
They also have hot dogs, gourmet coffee and sweet treats.
There are picnic tables out front with yellow striped umbrellas. When you're finished with your ice cream you can go upstairs to The Happy Cricket gift store.
It's open from April - October
Favorite Dish: Turtle Sundae!
Chocolate ice cream, a layer of hot fudge, ice cream, a layer of warm caramel, ice cream, hot fudge... topped off with whipped cream. I dream about this sundae all winter long!
I do not have a specific restaurant to recommend, but rather a type of restaurant, that as far as I can tell, is unique to Maine. These numerous seaside establishments prepare fresh seafood, often outside. None of them is very fancy or elegant; often they are in a seaside shack near where the lobster boats bring in their daily catch. Patrons can choose their own Maine lobster out of a tank, and the lobster is then steamed on the spot. During the warm months, seating is often outside on picnic tables and benches. What these restaurants lack in atmosphere is made up in the freshness and quality of their seafood.
Favorite Dish: Visitors should never leave Maine without trying Maine lobster. Of the various types of lobster available throughout the world, Maine lobster is the best, in my opinion. Steamed Maine lobster is almost always served with steamers (small steamed clams), melted butter, corn on the cob, and rolls.
The wait is normally anywhere from 30-45 mins. It's that good. This year, towards the end of the season (November) before they close (til they reopen again in Feb), I noticed they got the plaque for the best steakhouse in the seacoast area. They truly deserve it!
Favorite Dish: Well...steak, of course! :-) Everything's good from the bread and salads to the desserts!
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