Just wanted to give some "quick hits" from our week on the Mid-Coast of Maine...
Camden Deli -- Got more than a few sandwiches from this place and enjoyed them all. Also had a few different kinds of cookies (peanut butter, chocolate chip and "monster") which were all enjoyable.
Lobster Pound (Lincolnville Beach) -- Note that I'm referring to the little "lobster shack" as opposed to the full service restaurant. Got a nice "dinner #1" which had a new shell lobster, a nice amount of steamers, some good crispy fries and a small (undistinguished) salad. Lobster and steamers were both delicious and super fresh. Nice to have a beer, too, while sitting outside.
Market Basket (take out food store in Rockport) -- we've enjoyed this place on past trips and returned again. Had some very delicious scones (currant, fig), some great asiago breadsticks, delicious french bread and some nice take out sandwiches (their thanksgiving turkey sandwich is very good as was a few others that I'm now blanking on!). Beet salad was just OK and the black bean hummus just wasn't good (IMHO). The squash and ginger soup was tremendous!!! What we particularly missed from prior trips was their "artichoke spread" which was usually in their refrigerator...they didn't have it at all and we were totally bummed.
Three Tides restaurant (Belfast) -- we had a terrific meal at this place though service was a bit slow to start. Had 4 items (um, let's see...a tomato and mozzarella salad, the pizette of the day, mussels in garlic and ...argh, I can't remember!) all were quite good -- the mussels and the tomato salad are the two standouts in my mind. Lovely white burgundy by the glass. THEN had a TREMENDOUS lemon layer cake that was mind boggling good which led to a road trip to...
Periwinkles bakery (Searsport) -- the folks at Three Tides mentioned this was the cake source (w/o us asking which was a nice touch) -- they had given us enough to go on so we went on a hunt and were not disappointed! small bakery on route 1 with amazing cakes, good shortbread and what looks like good sticky buns, etc. we'd definitely make the drive again (got two more pieces of cake there! yum!)
Dos Amigos -- (Northport) -- ok, it's probably laughable that we went here but we had a very nice meal here towards the end of our stay. Spicy crab cakes that actually lived up to the "spicy" billing, very good (and big!) drinks, a nice "seafood combo plate". The food was very good and I would offer a step beyond usual texmex that we get in these parts (well, Mass.)
Whale's Tooth Pub and Restaurant (Lincolnville Beach) -- ah, a service nightmare...we lost three precious hours of our vacation waiting for our meal here. Place was full but not bursting at the seams...and to their credit they did warn us that the kitchen was feeling overwhelmed but the problem FAR EXCEEDED what was advertised. The food was actually quite good -- steamed mussels, fresh fish, etc. but the meal was so drawn out that it was unbelievably painful.
Young's Lobster Pound (Belfast) -- an OK experience but I'm not sure I would go back...FWIW, the place seemed, well, unclean? It could just be total perception on my part because the tanks are right there, etc, but I just kind of had a funky feeling before, during and after the meal. We enjoyed the freshness of the lobster MORE at the Lobster Pound Take-out (this year) and at Miller's Lobster Pound (Spruce Head) last year.
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