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Maine (Portland, Wiscasset, Camden, Bar Harbor) Advice Sought

Frodnesor | | Jul 19, 2010 09:20 AM

We will be taking a 10-day vacation in Maine in mid-August: a couple days each in Portland, Wiscasset, and Camden, and then 4 days in Bar Harbor. I've already done some snooping here and elsewhere and have a list. I'd welcome thoughts on those here as well as other suggestions.

The list will probably give a decent idea of our interests, but we like to focus on places that make an effort to use local product, I appreciate contemporary cooking concepts and techniques, and I'm not overly interested in "ethnic" options unless they're really exceptional (i.e., setting aside politics and focusing exclusively on dining choices, unlike our president, I'm not inclined to go to a Cuban restaurant in Maine). Suggestions for more casual breakfast and lunch options that are not serving food off the Sysco truck are also very much welcome, including good bakeries. I should perhaps note that we're traveling with our kids (12 & 10), though they are good eaters and the only possible limits that puts on us is no long tasting menu type dinners.

With that preview, here's the list so far:

Fore Street
Street & Co. (do these have the same owner?).
Duck Fat
Hugo's (probably not an option b/c we're there Sun-Mon and it appears to be closed those days).
J's Oyster
Becky's Diner

What's the situation with reservations at Fore Street and Street & Co.? It appears Street & Co. has blocked all but 5:30 on Open Table, and Fore Street also seems to have reservations entirely blocked on Open Table. Do you have better luck if you call? I know they say they hold tables for walk-ins, is that viable? I suppose that the one other limitation with traveling with the kids is that the flexibility to leave such things to chance, or to wait a long time to be seated, is limited.

Le Garage
Sea Basket
Red's Eats (tourist trap / hype or worth a visit?).
Lobster Dock (ditto).

We will be staying at the Squire Tarbox Inn, which has a restaurant. Anyone been recently?


Cafe This Way
Fiddler's Green
Jordan Pond
Red Bird Provisions

Red Bird looked pretty interesting and I've not seen much mentioned about it. We'll be staying in Northeast Harbor.

We were in Maine about 10-15 years ago, and went someplace quite good called the Porcupine Grill. It appears to be long gone. Any insight as to whether it became something else?

You will see that several of the places on this list are places that have gotten some national publicity. In my mind, that doesn't necessarily mean they're worth a visit, only that I've heard of them as a result - and thus why I"m asking for feedback here.

Thanks in advance for all feedback. If you're ever heading to South Florida, I'm always happy to reciprocate.

Cafe This Way
14 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Fore Street
288 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101

Lobster Dock
49 Atlantic Ave, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538

Sea Basket
303 Bath Rd, Wiscasset, ME

Becky's Diner
390 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101

Fiddler's Green Restaurant
411 Main St, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679

J's Oyster
5 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101

Red's Eats
Main, Wiscasset, ME 04578

Street & Co
33 Wharf St., Portland, ME 04101

Duck Fat
43 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101