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?
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.
On the oceanfront near Two Lights State Park, Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
The LOBSTER SHACK is located at the end of Two Lights Road . The award-winning restaurant has been a local landmark since the 1920's. Its unique setting, below the lighthouse and next to the fog horn, has made it a special place to eat and visit.
While enjoying your meal in their cozy dining room or eating at the oceanside on their picnic tables, you can watch the ships entering Portland Harbor or watch the local lobstermen haul up their catch of the day.
Hot boiled Lobster Dinners
Fried Maine Shrimp
Fried clams, scallops , haddock
Fresh Maine Lobster Rolls & Crabmeat rolls
Fried chickenHot dogs, hamburgers & Fish Burgers
Open seven days a week
11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily - April to mid-October
When it comes to Lobster, the fresher the better and the tasty crustaceans are freshest when they are still alive. Lobster Pounds ensure tha public gets Lobsters while they are still kicking. hehe!When most people think of lobster pounds, they think of restaurants. However, the term originally referred to a means of live lobster storage that is still in practice today.
Lobstermen built the first lobster pound in a deep tidal creek on Vinalhaven Island in 1875. The “pound” was a pen in the creek that could hold a large quantity of lobsters. Water could pass freely into the pen, keeping the lobsters alive. The catch was stored there to wait until demand rose or until certain lobsters reached saleable condition.
The technique became popular within the lobstering industry. Lobster pounds began springing up in fishing villages all over the state and throughout New England. They would often be built on docks floating in harbors or in other calm bodies of salt water. Fishermen could easily access their catch when the time was right to sell.
The DOWN EAST LOBSTER POUND offers fresh local seafood - fresh crab & Lobster Rolls and homemade "Chowda". You can eat in at their outdoor patio or take-out.
Favorite Dish: Recipe for Fish Chowder
1 large or 2 medium onions chopped
4 tablespoons margarine or butter
6-8 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed to 1/2 inch
1 or 1 1/2 pounds of haddock or other firm white fish
2 cans evaporated milk
Salt and pepper to taste
In a 4 quart saucepan, saute' onion in margarine or butter. Add cubed potatoes. Barely cover with boiling water. Cook covered for fifteen minutes. Place cut and deboned fish carefully over the potatoes. Cover and simmer 15 minutes or until fish flakes. Add evaporated milk, salt and pepper. Reheat, but do not bring to a boil. Serve with oyster crackers.
Wednesday September 26, 2007
With a name like LORI'S CAFE' it must be gooooood.
As Hans and I were in the mood for a hearty breakfast, I started looking for a little Mom & Pop place as we headed west along Highway 3. Lo and behold we saw Lori's Cafe'. For the unbelievable price of $4.25 we had a HUGE breakfast including 2 eggs cooked your choice, 4 slices of bacon ( Hans had a slice of Ham ), hash brown potatoes and two thick slices of home-made raisin bread toast. Their "endless" cup of coffee was .95 and it was terrific.
Lori's Cafe' was about 20 miles before Augusta, Maine on Highway 3. If heading west like we were, it's on the left side of the road. I believe the closest town was South China.
Open Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
As Hans had to have his dinner of Lobster, we asked at the desk at the Super 8 where would be a good place to eat. He suggested CAPTAIN MIKE'S FAMILY RESTAURANT so that's what we did. It was about 3 miles from our Hotel.
The restaurant was bright and cheery and very simple but they had terrific friendly staff and great food. Hans opted for the surf-n-turf which for $32.99 you got a 1 1/4 pound lobster and a 7-ounce sirloin steak. The "Lobstah" was wonderful Hansi said. I had the Senior Sirloin for $7.99 and it too was delicious.
If you are a traveler from another county, this is exactly the kind of place you should be looking for. It is America circa 1957 and anyone that says American towns have no atmosphere are missing places like this. You walk in, get a nice greeting and friendly service. Plain and simple, and good.
Favorite Dish: You also get great food at reasonable prices. We had the best lobster rolls you can imagine and though it was around $10, it was full of nothing but lobster meat and plenty of it. Hey, lobster ain't cheap, not even in Maine!
The Great Lost Bear is a place of pilgrimage for any astute beer lover with a plethora of taps that will make your head spin. They offer small samplers and it is a good route to take if you are not sure what you want as sometimes beers are not in the best condition. With so many taps, it is not unlikely that a beer might be spoiled so don't be afraid to tell your bartender. They have a few hand pumps so be sure to ask for something cask conditioned too. It is a great big and fun local hangout and people come to drink, eat and generally be a little loud. It is not a not a little romantic place, that's for sure.
Favorite Dish: They serve typical pub fare with huge plates of nachos very popular but we had a one-eyed bacon cheeseburger. It's a fried egg with bacon on top of a huge cheese burger. It was around $8 but just massive with fries on the side. There are veggie options for those so inclined but with all these beers, it is best to get something substantial in your stomach.
I was unimpressed with the Portland branch of this Portland institution but the Freeport one was much more friendly. The inside was much like its sister city pub but there was a great outside eating area and as you can see, on this glorious fall day, we took full advantage of it. It was a great place to go for lunch after a morning of shopping around Freeport's outlets.
Favorite Dish: They have a fairly eclectic menu but we were not so hungry so we opted to share an order of nachos. The waiter assured it was enough for the two of us. Oh, and it was, it was....lol. It was one of the best plates of nachos I have ever had, seemed every chip had cheese and other goodies on it. At $8.50, it was a real bargain too. Washed down with a cask-conditioned Best Bitter, it was heavenly sitting outside in the sun. It was just a shame we found it on the day we were to drive to the White Mountains in New Hampshire. :S
This is a modern brewpub and I must admit with Gritty's in town, I only stopped by to try one beer, expecting it to be not all that great. But it was pretty happening at happy hour and the bartender was more friendly than their competition's too.
Favorite Dish: As I said, it was a beer stop and their Leap Frye IPA and Retro Porter were surprisingly good. Since they had half-priced appetizers during happy hour and they looked great, we opted for a couple too. They were great too and I would recommend this place to anyone, beer lover or not.
This was a busy little hole in the wall with two dining options. Upstairs, they had table service and some beers on tap but we opted for a quick bite downstairs, where you order at the counter and bring it to your table yourself.
Favorite Dish: They have a big assortment of burritos and quesadillas. I got a beef one for $5.50 and it was quite filling and very good too.
This is a classic lobster pound and New England kind of eatery. Quaint from the outside and a more rustic interior with wooden tables and bench seating. There is a nice outside seating area too. You go up and order your lobster by sizing one up, bigger ones costing more by the pound. The owner was like a wooden Maine figure, with classic features. Worth going just to see him.
Favorite Dish: Well, lobster what else? You can get a sandwich or lobster stew and I had the latter for breakfast one day, but you come here to eat whole lobsters. It was not cheap ($48 for the two of us including ice tea, potato salad, and cole slaw), but it was sooooo good. The meat was sweeter than I've ever had. I swear I could have eaten three or four of them! If I could afford it maybe....lol
There were many wonderful restaurants near the Sea Breeze. We picked THE CHART ROOM as they had "Early Bird" Lobster Dinner for $17.95 from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Hans had his "Lobstah" dinner for the second time and why not, you don't get it for this price back home. It was a monster lobster and Hans enjoyed every bit of it. I don't really like whole lobster and all the work that goes into taking it apart, so I had seafood fettucine with bits of lobster and crab in it which I really enjoyed.
Flo's is a tiny place with a really low ceiling that can only accommodate about 8-10 peole standing in line inside at a time.
They have been around for so many years and they only serve exactly what it says on the sign...steamed hotdogs. What's special about their hotdogs? They have a great hot sauce that goes on it if you want. It's not exactly hot but more like a sweet and spicy relish that's just really good.
Hotdogs are served in those new england hotdog rolls. They look like your regular hotdog rolls with the sides taken out.
It's right on Route 1 in York, Maine.
Look at the pic...all those cars are lined up outside their little red building and you have people spilling outside lining up to get in to order.
Favorite Dish: I like mine with the hot sauce, mayo and some celery salt sprinkled on it.
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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