i'm going to be going to portland in august. i've got to read old chowhound posts about restaurants in that area, but what i'm looking for are local, (generally) non-perishable stuff that's on that route that i can take back with me. here's my travel route, and what i'm looking to find out about:
travel route -
new york state -> mass pike -> rte 95 -> portland. will go about 5-15 miles off the route if there's some real good places.
looking for really good:
donut shop. i love doughnut plant in nyc, yet think krispy kreme is pretty good for a chain, go figure. i know they're perishable, but i'd look to try a star place out.
snacks like potato chips, pretzels, etc. that aren't sold in ny state but have local brands. and if there's some oddball wonderful lobster variety, that would be good too.
root beer or other sodas. i plan on seeing where i can find aj stephans (any suggestions?) but other local ones too.
fruit flavoured beers. i first found bar harbor and another fruity one some years back on a trip up to maine, and the local huge store carries them, but if there are small ones, that would be great.
it can even be at a local supermarket that carries these things; i'm just looking to try different brands and local manufacturers of foods i like.
i do plan on stopping at kelly's roast beef on the way, which isn't perishable either, but should give an idea of things.
thanks to anyone who can recommend their places of choice from a hv 'hound...