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Ice Cream Trip Through Maine

I've seen it around Belfast and Lincolnville if you're going to be in that area. Dot's in Lincolnville used to carry a few flavors, not sure if they still do, but it's a good place to stop for a muffin or a sandwich anyway www.dotsgoodies.com

Aug 12, 2014
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Best Whoopie Pies in Maine?

If you're a peanut butter fan, highly recommend the Peanut Butter Crunch at John's. It's vanilla ice cream swirled with lots of peanut butter and pieces of chocolate cookie. I've been known to bring a cooler with me and spring for an entire quart of the stuff.

Aug 12, 2014
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Best Hot Dogs in Maine?

No they don't. In fact Waterville was not serving crinkle cuts for the last couple of years because the cutter broke and they said that a new one was too expensive. Don's still had the awesome crinkle-cut fries and I had no idea they'd closed. The phone still rings so maybe it's a temporary closure, I'll cross my fingers.

The locals say that "Courtney's" in next-door Winslow serves up a helluva dog, but I always went to Bolleys for the fries. I guess it's time to give Courtney's a try...they also serve fresh-cut fries at least. And Waterville is always worth the trip for the Dairy Cone.

Aug 12, 2014
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Best Hot Dogs in Maine?

Bolley's and Don's have closed? Where oh where in the state will I find my fresh cut crinkle cuts????

Aug 11, 2014
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Best Whoopie Pies in Maine?

I like the homemade whoops, both chocolate and pumpkin, from Lori's Café on Route 3 in Liberty. So if you happen to be at John's Ice Cream next door, be sure to pick one up. Lori dishes up a mean slice of fresh-raspberry pie, too.

Aug 11, 2014
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Favorite soft serve ice cream in Maine

Thanks for putting that link up. I don't try much soft serve because I know that most of it is from the same soft-serve-mix provider. It all began to taste the same after awhile except for maybe the strawberry at Red's (and the Coffee at North Street in Waterville....but who'd get softserve there when they make their own cookie dough?)

I have never seen grapenut soft serve before and I'd think that the grapenut bits would clog the soft serve machine , but it sounds like I'll have to make the trek.

Aug 10, 2014
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Best Clam Strips and/or Lobster Roll near OOB or Ferry Beach

P.S. No clam strips in Maine! That's a no no except at howard Johnson's circa 1970

Aug 10, 2014
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Ice Cream Trip Through Maine

Is Downeast worth a detour to Boothbay? Well, that depends on where you're detouring from I suppose. If you're going to try both Dot's in Bath (I've never heard of this one) and Dorman's in Thomaston ....then Downeast would be well worth the detour. It's been around forever and though I haven't been there for several years, it was always delightful. It's also very close to Round top so if you're headed there it would be worth it to visit both (I'd probably skip Dorman's of all of these).

Aug 10, 2014
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Ice Cream Trip Through Maine

Haven't tried it but have heard promising things about "Captain Sam's" ice cream in Portland. Might be a good city for an ice cream crawl....include maybe Kettle Cove Ice Cream on Cape Elizabeth. Willard Scoop near Scratch Bakery (detour! yum!) and Len Libby's in Scarborough.

Aug 10, 2014
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Ice Cream Trip Through Maine

I would disagree about Round Top. Maybe the quality differs from flavor to flavor, but I've had some very good ice cream there. The blueberry sorbet has good blueberry flavor, the grapenut is terrific, the Indian Pudding is up there with the best of them.

Aug 10, 2014
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Ice Cream Trip Through Maine

I think most ice creameries use a base mix, because they cannot pasteurize onsight. However there are meager 10% butterfat bases, and 12% and 14%, and Dorman's seems to use a very light mix. Nice real chocolate chips and good extracts for flavorings, it seems, but the ice cream itself seems overly whipped-up.

Aug 10, 2014
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Ice Cream Trip Through Maine

I think Tubby's is well worth the trip. Especially the original Tubby's in Wayne near the pond. Nice drive. But if you don't have the extra time, Tubby's in Winthrop has the same ice cream plus a great lunch menu with a terrific Maine Lobster Roll or Hot Dogs/ fresh dipped Onion Rings, etc. Consistently good, and really just 15-20 mins detour if you're on I-95.

Note re above listings.....Daily Scoop in Kennebunk is no longer open and Smileys Winslow no longer serves Shain's ice cream. I think it's just Hersheys or something.

Scoop Deck in Moody/Wells serves up Blakes of New Hampshire Ice Cream in a ton of flavors, and Wells Beach Burger still makes their own ice cream as far as I know.

Dorman's Ice Cream has great flavor, but it is more like ice milk...very whipped, very light. Kudos to them for not selling out to Walmart however, ice cream shacks are always better than bigger parking lots.

Haven't been to Toots for awhile but someone posted a "downhill alert" about that place a while back. Any recent visits ...please report.

Aug 10, 2014
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Quenelle (Burbank)

Handy Market now carries Cool Haus pints and Cool Haus sandwiches....but no more McConnell's. (bummer)

Jul 29, 2014
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Grocery store on our way?

There's a mini-Hannaford in downtown Kennebunk, and a larger one just up the road a bit. 10 minutes drive from Kennebunkport.

Jul 29, 2014
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Lobster Rolls near OOB

Huots, Wormwood's, Bayley's, Ken's, The Clambake....try them all, they're only a few minutes drive from OOB. And a drive to Two Lights Park for the Lobster Shack or the Lobster Roll truck that parks nearby, will take you about 40 minutes. (Be sure to stop at Scratch Baking Co, too!)
www.lobstershack-twolights.com

Jul 29, 2014
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5/10/14 Dining Report - Original Sunrise Cafe, Caked Las Vegas, Cugino's, The Cookie Bar, TWIST by Pierre Gagnaire

I had pretty much the exact same experience at Caked , two and a half years ago. But on a weekday. One wonders how they've managed to stay in business after so many years of "slow sales" and meager offerings.

May 19, 2014
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Boothbay Harbor in June (and Rt. 1 in between)

I like the Thistle Inn for happy hour. Lobster Dock is always stellar. Ice Creamery is a must, try the coffee walnut. Robinson's Wharf has new owners I think, haven't heard reviews.
On the way up, in Brunswick, Libby's Market (if you can find it) has a terrific lobster roll , and no Red-style wait in line. The owners are lobstermen, I think.
Damariscotta is a short drive from Boothbay, another great ice cream joint there ("Round Top") , and some good pubs & restaurants as well as the famous must-visit Reny's Department store

May 19, 2014
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ISO inexpensive best good food for first trip to Vegas

Happy Hour at Burger Bar (Mandalay)

Apr 08, 2014
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Bos'ns Landing overhaul

I like the Shain's ice cream at Brown's Nubble Light, the Blake's Ice Cream at Scoop Deck in Moody, and the homemade ice cream at Well's Beach Burgers. But more ice cream is never a bad thing.

Apr 08, 2014
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Maine Diners recs

If you go out Route 3 from Augusta to Belfast on your way to Acadia....stop at Lori''s Diner and at John's Ice Cream next door.

(and get a slice of pie to go from Lori, for later on!)

Apr 08, 2014
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Recommendations for Inn and Dining for 60th Anniversary Southern Maine

Consider Stripers at the Breakwater in Kennebunkport. We dined next to George and Barbara a couple of years back!

Mar 15, 2014
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Non-romantic dinner in Waterville, ME

The Asian Café, just across the bridge in Winslow, is probably your best bet.

Jan 25, 2014
jackattack in Northern New England

must try food in burbank near studios

Novo café is easiest if you're at WB, it's a block up behind the WB green glass building.

My choice would be Malbec for the salmon salad....www.malbeccuisine.com

Jan 25, 2014
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Quenelle (Burbank)

I've only seen Graeter's at Ralph's. Handy carries Dandy Dons (4.99), McConnells (5.99) and Jeni's (10.99 a pint). I think they have some L.A. Creamery flavors, too. And, they have a nice craft beer selection for such a small store.

Jan 25, 2014
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Quenelle (Burbank)

Tried it twice, gonna stop trying. First trip was a bust but thought I'd better give them another shot and try the Blueberry Pie ice cream that everyone was buzzing about.....it was a smallish serving of a very milky (not cream-y) vanilla ice cream with two tiny specks of blueberry compote that I found by digging desperately.
With Handy Market a few blocks away now carrying several flavors of McConnell's Ice Cream, Quenelle will never become my neighborhood ice cream haunt.

Jan 23, 2014
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New York's Big Gay Ice Cream is opening shop in downtown Los Angeles this spring.

Strauss cream and milk is available in New York?

Jan 23, 2014
jackattack in Los Angeles Area

Casual Lunch in Henderson?

Obviously they've decided that their business plan is to cater to people who want "whole" cakes. It's their choice, seems an odd thing to complain about. Imagine people coming in looking for a whole cake and gasping because 5 cakes each have a slice taken out of them? And if you know many SMALL bakeries that slice up a few cakes every day....maybe they're selling stale slices of cake on days three and four and five....because a small bakery does not sell 30 slices of cake a day. Not with 40 other pastry choices in the display case.

Again, seems nitpicky to me....it's like going to Starbucks and complaining that they don't sell you a half cup of creamer .....it's just not something that they choose to do. It may be annoying to you, but no way is it "ridiculous". And if you've ever had one of their $3 toffee bars or $3.95 slices of Best Buttermilk Fudge Cake...you wouldn't think their prices are ridiculous...they are right in line with Drago Sisters and all the Cupcakeries in town.

Jan 23, 2014
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Gifts from California for Relatives in Paris

Olallieberry Preserves

Jan 22, 2014
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Casual Lunch in Henderson?

A small or even medium-sized bakery café should not be expected to cut up 15 different cakes every day at the whim of the customers. They are trying to sell whole cakes....it would not make sense to have 10 or 15 cakes in the display case....each with one hunk taken out of them.

Jan 22, 2014
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McConnell's Ice Cream - New Flavors!

Walked out of the heat and into Gelsons yesterday, so happy to encounter a 3.99 sale on McConnell's Ice Cream....complete with new flavors that I've never seen at Gelson's before. Stocked up on our usual faves Island Coconut and Turkish Coffee (talk about a caffeine rush- wow)....and also grabbed pints of "Chocolate Covered Strawberry" ( a strawberry ice cream with dark chocolate chips), "Dark Chocolate Paso Brittle" which is Vahlrona Chocolate Ice Cream with an almond brittle, and Peanut Butter double chip which is peanut butter ice cream with peanut butter swirls and dark chocolate flakes.

They also have a new "Dark Chocolate Orange" flavor.

Oh, and McConnells pints are still pints, they haven't removed 1/4 cup from each container like sneaky Haagen Daz.

Sep 05, 2013
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