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Long weekend on Maine Cost - feedback on plan?

Blue Hill/Deer Isle
Dinner (often lunch, too)
--Arborvine, Blue Hill: Fine dining, always dependable.
--Perry's Lobster Shack and Pier, Surry: Classic Maine lobster shack; don't miss the ice cream sandwiches made with homemade cookies and local ice cream
--Buck's Restaurant, Brooksville: casual, upscale comfort food
--El El Frijoles, Sargentville: Excellent, from-scratch Cal-Mex with a Maine accent.
--Arogosta, Deer Isle: Order the lobster ravioli if it's available.

Breakfast: The Blue Hill Inn is open to the public for breakfast

Picnic supplies:
--The Cave, Brooklin (just try to get out of this place without buying something)
--Blue Hill Wine Shop, Blue Hill (bread, cheese, wine, etc)
--Black Dinah, Blue Hill (Don't miss this mainland shop selling the Isle au Haut chocolatier's chocolates and ice cream)

Aug 22, 2013
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Anything in/near Jonesport?

There's a takeout across the bridge and a gas station/pizza joint. Other than that, nada.

Smokey Toast (breakfast joint) and Aunt Millie's are both in Jonesboro.

Aug 20, 2013
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The Lost Kitchen in Belfast

Wrong, she's reopening, she just needed some time to think everything over. : http://thelostkitchen.tumblr.com/

May 01, 2013
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The Lost Kitchen in Belfast

She'll be back...posted today: http://thelostkitchen.tumblr.com/

May 01, 2013
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The Lost Kitchen in Belfast

Not true, just heard from her. She's just taking a much-needed rest.

Apr 29, 2013
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Brunswick Maine News?

Tao is worth the trip.

Clementine owners wanted to move on to other things.

Nov 19, 2012
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Wedding Venue/Resort Where Guests Can Stay Over?

Check out the York Harbour Inn, Stage Neck Inn, and Union Bluff (all in York, Maine); the Cliff House, in Ogunquit; The Colony and The Nonantum, in K'port. All of these are large enough to host 150 guests and all are on or overlooking the ocean.

Nov 16, 2012
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Lola's, Taco Libre, other Tacos Portland to Blue Hill?

You might try the Good 'N' You food truck in the public parking lot in downtown Belfast (it has a Facebook page). And check out Eat More Cheese, which also faces on the parking lot, at the corner with the park.

Sep 27, 2012
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Grocery Options? -- Brunswick, Bath, etc.

You've got some great spots in the Harpswells: The Vegetable Corner (corner of Route 123 and Mountain Rd.) sells fresh produce, fresh cut meats, and other deli items; Black Sheep Wine Shop (Mountain Rd.) for an excellent wine selection; Island Candy Co. (rt. 24, Orr's Island) great handmade chocolates; Two Coves Farm (Neil's Pt. Rd.) natural beef, lamb, and poultry as well as eggs.

Brunswick has two seasonal farmers markets, one on the downtown mall and the other at Crystal Spring Farm, and a winters farmers market at Fort Andros; the seasonal ones usually run through T-giving. I find Hannaford to be far less pricey and to offer far fresher goods than Shaw's (which requires a Shaws Card to get the prices that Hannaford regularly offers). For baked goods, hit Wild Oats Bakery (tontine mall), for natural foods, Morning Glory (Maine Street).

Sep 03, 2012
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Shopping for wine between Bangor and Lubec

For fine dining in St. Andrews, consider the Kingsbrae Arms, a five-star Relais and Chateau property, or the Rossmount;both are worth the trip. You might also look into the Riverside Inn, in E. Machias (far, far less pricey or haute).

If you go to Campobello, do the Tea with Eleanor program at the Roosevelt Estate, offered twice daily and free. Tea, cookies, and a wonderful presentation about the former first lady.

The Pickled Herring is the Eastport restaurant, eh. I'd recommend St. Andrews or the Riverside over it.

Aug 23, 2012
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Shopping for wine between Bangor and Lubec

Actually, either Bangor down to Ellsworth and along the coast or Bangor to Wesley on Route 9, then down to Machias and over to Lubec are shorter in mileage.

Aug 18, 2012
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Mid-coast dining.

1. Go to Primo, head upstairs, and dine light. I had a great meal at Fromviandoux, in Camden. Also love In Good Company, in Rockland.

2. Lunch: Bagaduce Lunch in Brooksville, if you can hold out that long (only about 15-29 minutes from Blue Hill). Another possibility, Weathervane--just keep it simple--hugging the waterfront in Belfast or Young's Lobster Pound, across the bridge in Belfast. Just Barb's is still going strong in Searsport and has been spruced up quite a bit.

3. Dinner: Bar Harbor—Fathom, Mache Bistro, Havana; Southwest Harbor—Red Sky or Fiddler's Green. Or consider taking an evening ferry out to the Islesford Dock on Islesford. Lunch: Jordan Pond House for popovers with soup/chowder or salad.

Aug 17, 2012
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Lobster dinner for 10 people?

Did she check with Cyndi's Dockside: http://www.dockside.me/

Aug 16, 2012
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Lunch on Route Between Boston and Augusta, ME

If you take 295 off the pike (actually faster than staying on the turnpike), you'll pass right through Portland, Yarmouth, and Freeport, and also edge Brunswick. If you avoid the Old Port/Waterfront, you can probably easily get in and out of Portland. In Freeport, the Broad Arrow Tavern does an expansive lunch buffet in addition to its menu, and it's an easy shot off the second Freeport exit.

Aug 14, 2012
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Shopping for wine between Bangor and Lubec

Bangor Wine & Cheese in Bangor
The French Cellar in Machias

Aug 14, 2012
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Anything worth trying in Notheast Harbor, ME?

The homemade doughnuts from The Colonel's Restaurant are worth the trip (but they're pricey). Full Belli Deli for good sandwiches. Might try the Asticou for lunch on the deck--new chef, can't beat the dreamy views over NE Harbor (haven't been myself, yet).

Aug 02, 2012
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Lubec area Fried Clams or Lobster rolls

Best lobster roll in the state (yes, best) is at Quoddy Bay Lobster in Eastport. You can drive between Lubec and Eastport or take the passenger ferry (much faster and more scenic).

Jul 29, 2012
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Where to lunch in southern Maine with Great Grandma?

THat's a good choice, too. Kids can run on the beach, and there are rockers on the porch.

Jul 11, 2012
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Where to lunch in southern Maine with Great Grandma?

the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport serves lunch on its Ocean Terrace daily. Probably pricey, but it hits on every other note. You might also check some of the other big hotels, including the Nonantum (river view, K'port) and The Cliff House (Ogunquit). There are some options in Perkins Cove, but I don't think any would qualify as relaxing for a lunch during peak season.

Jul 11, 2012
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Going to Biddeford/Saco for a week on Saturday, need recs

Saco: Vic & Whit's: beer, wine, cheeses, etc., also soups, sandwiches, salads; Rapid Ray's for fast homemade food--lobster rolls, burgers, clam cakes--no seatig; Run of the Mill for pub fare; Mia's for better dining.

Biddeford/Biddeford Pool: Jewel of India; Que Hong's; Palace Diner, an authentic gem with some surprises; Buffleheads, classic Maine fare; F. O. Goldthwaite's, general store with food service including lobster and fried seafoods--eat on the oceanfront picnic tables behind the store.

You're within easy reach of Portland and the Kennebunks, too.

Jul 11, 2012
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Food-Filled Fun Getaway in Portland?

B&Bs: The Danforth opened Carmen at the Danforth, a restaurant with celebrity chef Carmen Gonzalez, this spring; the innkeeper at the Pomegranate wrote The Art of Breakfast cookbook.

Activities (as opposed to restaurant recommendations): Portland Farmers' Market, Maine Foodie Tours.

Jul 10, 2012
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Ogunquit in July

98 Provence for authentic French fare; Five-0 for upscale Mediterranean fare/sister Cafe Prego for wood-oven pizzas, traditional gelatos/italian ices/sorbettos, and Italian coffees; Gypsy Sweethearts for reliable creative fare with international accents; The Lobster Shack for, well, lobster; Joshua's in Wells for farm-to-table finer dining.

Jul 02, 2012
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Maine middle of no where dining

Chester Pike's Galley, Sullivan; Fisherman's Wife Cafe, Vasquez Mexican Food, and 44 Degrees North, Milbridge; Kitchen Garden, Steuben--need rez 24 hours in advance/BYOB; Bohemian Mama's, Addison; Blue Bird and Helen's, Machias.

Jun 30, 2012
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Lunch on drive from Boston to Camden ME

I agree with MCM, Primo is a gem. It's also three different experiences, varying with which room/area you choose for dining. Tour the gardens, visit with the pigs and chickens, then dine off the bounty. It doesn't get much better than that. And while it's not cheap, it's not overpriced for the quality and the experience. Dine upstairs, and it's not fancy, either.

That said, Primo is not a place that compares with those you listed up front (Mike's, Flo's, Maine Diner, etc). Those are all fine, classic Maine institutions, but they're not in the same league with Primo. If you're searching for that type of experience, you likely won't be happy at Primo.

Jun 28, 2012
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"Thank You" Dinner near Owl's Head (Maine)

Definitely Primo. Make rez well in advance.

Jun 22, 2012
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Bucksport to Ellsworth

Not much between the two on Route 1, but it's only 20 miles so if you can hold out to Ellsworth the choices are plentiful. Or for an adventure dip down into Blue Hill. (Just walk through downtown, one end to other, lobster to organic fare) The Blue Hill Peninsula is rich with farms and despite being lightly populated has a number of places to eat. You could easily spend a half day looping through Brooksville, Brooklin, and Blue Hill. Off the top of my head: El El Frijoles in Brooksville (CalMex, take out with seating outside), The Cave in Brooklin (a great specialty foods store/deli/cafe), Tinder Hearth, W. Brooksville (To-die-for breads and, a couple of eves a week, pizza), Perry Long's Lobster Dock, Surry Neck (no-frills lobster shack on a pier, don't miss the ice cream sandwiches).

Jun 01, 2012
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Family/Foodie Friendly Maine - large groups

If you'll be in Castine, the last thing you're going to want to do is drive 3+ hours to Portland on your first night. Stick with Castine. Consider Dennett's Wharf and don't order anything fancy on the menu, and you'll be fine. Call ahead, get seating on the deck over the harbor. The lovely Pentagoet Inn is probably too fine dining for your party, but you might be okay at The Manor Inn--call and ask if it it's a fit for your group.

Over in Sargentville (probably about 30 minutes drive, give or take, over squirrely back roads) El El Frijoles is a good bet, but the only seating is outside, so go on a nice evening. Consider Barncastle, in Blue Hill, for a gourmet pizza night. If you get to Blue Hill, Black Dinah Chocolatiers just opened a shop there (I think it's in the floral shop downtown, but ask).

Two places on Deer Isle worth a look-see: Seasons of Stonington, on the harbor in Stonington, and Whales Rib Tavern, in Pilgrim's Inn, in Deer Isle. Fisherman's Friend in Stonington is a good family friendly spot--nothing fancy, just good home cookin' with an emphasis on lobster (prepped 30 ways) and fried seafood paired with great harbor views.

And if you're seeking a classic Maine lobster shack (emphasis on shack with picnic tables on a pier), Perry Long's on Newbury Neck, Surry, is the place. And don't miss the homemade ice cream sandwiches.

May 30, 2012
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Downeast Maine - North of Ellsworth

In addition to other places mentioned:

Hancock: Le Domaine (although ownership has changed, it's still the place for French fare, an excellent wine list, and fine dining); Crocker House Country Inn (unpretentious inn on the point serving continental fare made with local ingredients) Chipper's (casual leaning to fine atmosphere, wide-ranging menu with emphasis on seafood).

Winter Harbor: Bunker's Wharf is a must for the location on a good day, views are lovely. Tends to be a bit pricey. Ask locally how it is this season. Gerrish's Store is always evolving. Rumor is the the old Mama's Boy is reopening. The Winter Harbor Farmers Market on Tuesday mornings t is a great spot to pick up both fresh and prepared foods.

Milbridge: Fisherman's Wife Cafe

Steuben: Kitchen Garden is back (Yay! Limited menu drawn from garden and local sources, mostly organic; Jamaican influenced--jerk, goat, etc., BYOB $5 fee, reservations/order required at least a day in advance; no credit cards)

Lubec: Bold Coast Smokehouse & Monica's Choclates (between the two, you've got a meal); dining possibilities include Cohill's, Frank's Dockside, Water Street Inn, and the lobster restaurant at the Inn at the Wharf. Each can be hit or miss.

Eastport/Perry: New Friendly (unfussy good home cookin')

Calais: sigh. Now that Juliana's World Cafe has closed, that leaves Bernardini's. It's fine and smack downtown. Or cross the border--just remember that you lose an hour (Atlantic time is an hour ahead of Eastern time).

May 21, 2012
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Trip To Maine In July

If you can get to Ellsworth, you can get to Bar Harbor--check with Down East Transportation--it operates on this route, but it favors going from BH to BGR. Other than that, there's the Bangor Bar Harbor Shuttle, but it tends to be pricey: www.barharborbangorshuttle.com. It might be a better deal to take the Down East Transportation bus to BH, then use the free Island Explorer shuttle to get around and spend a night at a cheap motel, such as Robbins. The Island Explorer makes it possible to get all around the island--including restaurants in Bar Harbor and the outlying communities.

May 11, 2012
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Bar Habour and Southwest Habour - creative and unpretentious dining

Mache and Fathom, both in Bar Harbor, are worth a look-see.

May 03, 2012
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