With our daughter starting college at Bates, we will be visiting from NY regularly in the coming years. While it's a long drive, my husband and I have vowed to get off the turnpike and explore a new area and try a new place to eat every time, to help make each trip feel special. (Seeing the daughter is a highlight, too!) Here's what we did Friday afternoon-Saturday evening.
--3pm: a quick stop at Bob's in Kittery for a whole belly clam roll (clams were very tasty though not as crunchy as I like) and a lobster roll (very good). You can't beat the place for convenience, but the crowds must be overwhelming at normal meal times. The staff was lovely and warm, surprisingly caring for such a bustling spot.
--7pm: dinner at She Doesn't LIke Guthrie's in Lewiston. What an unlikely place, there among all the empty storefronts. Nice healthy, homemade food and drink and lots of local spirit. Art on the walls and live music. We'll definitely be back. http://www.guthriesplace.com/
--9am: breakfast at The Library Cafe in Auburn. Warm, generous service and delicious breakfast burritos, muffins, etc. and delcious Wicked Joe (locally roasted) coffee. Lots of sandwiches, paninis, soups, for lunch. Everything seems to be named for a writer. I had a Tabitha King, a delicious vegetarian breakfast burrito that managed to avoid the two common sins: it was nongloppy and not too big. Really good. I hope this place is supported by the community. It's a gem. http://hstrial-thelibrarycafe.intuitw...
--Bates fed us well all day so we didn't need another meal out, but we couldn't resist a stop at Hodgman's Frozen Custard on 202 near Gray on the way south. Wow. Pumpkin was the special flavor of the day. I'd go back today for more, if it weren't 300 miles away.
We'll be back in a month for parents weekend and look forward to more explorations! If anyone has any tips for places in NH or off the Maine Turnpike up to exit 80, we'd welcome them. Thanks.
Hodgman's Frozen Custard
1108 Lewiston Rd, New Gloucestr, ME 04260