Hello Northern New England Chowhounds;
Hubby and I are flying into Manchester, NH (Southwest was just far and away the most affordable alternative, even with cost of gas to drive up, and not even including the free luggage bonus) next week and then heading up to Maine for a family wedding. Work has been so crazy that I haven't had much time to think about the chow, but I am very excited to be making my first trip to the area. We will be spending one night in Manchester, one night in Bar Harbor (to get in a quick visit to Acadia NP, which has long been on my bucket list) and the rest of our time outside of Orono, where the wedding will be held...
Everywhere we are staying includes breakfast, so that is covered...but we could use some advice and feedback on the rest. I've tried to research the boards, as (being a regular on the SF Board) I *know* how annoying general questions can be...but could still use some help! Hubby and I will eat anything, and prefer spots with casual dress, though price isn't as much of an issue (I am hoping that Maine is like SF, in that one can wear jeans almost anywhere)...despite my handle, btw, I no longer live in San Francisco; we are in California's Central Valley and thus would particularly love to eat lots of seafood and good cheese, two items that seem to be in particularly short supply where I live (other than on weekend trips back to the coast)...
Wednesday: First night: Manchester: this is where I need the most help! Cafe Momo sounds great, but alas, it closes at nine and our plane lands at ten. Is anything delicious open late, or are we basically out of luck here? Our hotel is near the airport, so close to airport would be great, though I gather Manchester isn't that big of a town to begin with...
Thursday: Driving up to Bar Harbor: Although I realize the best lobster and prices aren't until later in the year, a lobster roll seems like a must. Harraseeket Lunch sounds like it is in the right location more or less, and sounds like a winner. Anyone disagree? Other options?
Dinner in Bar Harbor: Havana or Mache Bistro? I have to admit that the current menu at Havana is slightly more appealing only because it is a bit more seafood centric, but we do like chef-owned, small places that use local ingredients and Mache definitely seems to fit the bill. Since they just opened for the season I assume not too many people have been there recently, but any thoughts?
Friday: On our day in Acadia we will want to picnic if it doesn't rain, or maybe even if it does; where is a good spot in Bar Harbor to get provisions?
Friday night, Saturday and Sunday day we will be occupied with family and wedding stuff, and eating where the family has planned...however, we will probably want to have dinner Sunday night in or around Orono or Bangor with hubby's brother and wife. Would welcome suggestions for places that are delicious but good for not too adventurous diners. Hubby's brother does enjoy a nice wine list...
I am coming up fairly empty handed on my Orono search; I see references to pizza places, but I am definitely not into pizza. The groom and bride to be, who are at University of Maine, did send a list of favorite eateries, including Market Cafe, Harvest Moon Deli and Thai Orchard. They also recommend the Sea Dog Brewing Co, but that doesn't seem to get much love on the board (and wouldn't make BIL as happy as a place with wine). The (casual) rehearsal dinner is at Verve Burritos in Orono. Sigh. Apparently they make "California-style burritos". I don't like those even when I am in California, but hey, weddings are all about family, right?
Which just leaves Monday for our trip back down to Manchester. If there are any other great lunch options, or just places for ice cream, snacks, cheese, or any other must sees, please chime in with opinions. Late lunch/early dinner options open all afternoon in Manchester for eating before we get on the plane, as well as a place to get some great sandwiches for the plane, would be welcome as well... I will report back! Thanks to all of you... Susan
1065 Hanover St, Manchester, NH 03104
36 Main St South, Freeport, ME
Sea Dog Brewing Co
26 Front St, Bangor, ME 04401