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Joanie | Aug 17, 201901:27 PM     7

I got some ideas off the recent Lobster roll thread and jammed in a lot on a 4 day trip. Started with a good donut at Ziggy & Son's in Peabody MA then took the detour to Erica's in Harpswell. Figured this made more sense than Mcloon's which was too close to our final destination. So down the back roads to Erica's we go where the prices and food were good. Bare bones place by the water where you can pick your lobster. We split a scallop roll and the "crabster" roll, crab and lobster together obviously. Good lunch, not sure it's worth the detour. We stopped at Mae's in Bath for iced coffee (and a real bathroom) then a stop at Hussey's General Store on the way to Belfast (my friend's family owns it, had only heard about it). We settled in at the Fireside Inn and walked around the cute little town ending up on the deck of Nautilus for happy hour. This is a deal, $4 beer and sparkling rosé and $5 mussels and onion rings. Those mussels were great, big and plump in a simple garlic wine sauce. Really nice service and the regular menu looked good too and pretty reasonable. We liked it so much we went back for another round a couple days later (happy hour daily 3-5PM). After a shower we came back to try Darby's which I also really liked. The building is quite old with big wooden booths. We sat at the bar where Gerald took good care of us. We just got drinks and split a special app of broccoli/pecorino fried gnocchi which were light and delicious served with good bread.

Went out on a lobster boat on Sat. with Capt. Stan and Buzz where they let you pull in the traps. Nice time. We walked thru the Farmer's Market where I got a scone then made our way to Young's Lobster Pound. Had looked forward to this but was disappointed in it. It's a confusing scene, hard to know where to order and pay, the people didn't know what a "crab salad roll" was and giving us our order number wasn't easy. The sandwich was okay and was piled high, but the crab lacked seasoning, lemon, flavor, something. Wouldn't go back. We went into Camden to get happy hour at the Vintage Room in the Bay Hotel but for some reason it was closed Had a drink at the roof deck which was fine then met friends at Hoxbill cuz I wanted a seat by the water. It was okay not great. People working were nice but everything took a really long time. The pork belly app was tasty and plentiful but the scallops on risotto were the most pale, unseared things. I felt bad for suggesting this fairly pricy place for dinner. Oh well. Stopped by Cutty's after but didn't do any karaoke.
Sun. we got coffee and a scone at Chase's Daily then walked around the rail trail before doing a nice wine tasting at Cellardoor Winery in Lincolnville. Drove over to casual McLaughlin's for fried clams and a crab salad roll w/ fries out on the picnic table with a nice view. Clams weren't the best but the rest of the food was good and fairly well priced. We repeated our happy hour at Nautilus and tried the lobster roll w/ fries at Darby's ($18). A little too much mayo but I like the bar of that place where we were chatting with Gerald again and some visitors from Pittsburgh and a local.

We spent one day/night in Old Orchard Beach and had a good shrimp dill roll at Mainely Lobster for lunch. Got a drink on the roof of Joseph's (very limited menu up there) and ended with dinner at JJ's, another townie spot that we enjoyed. Very good fried clams w/ fries and slaw for $19.99 and a fun bartender. Did some games and rides and got an ice cream cuz how can you not?

Tues. morning we stopped at Bintliff's in Ogunquit for breakfast on the way back to Boston. It was very quiet but we had good plates of duck hash w/ excellent homemade bread and lobster benedict (a tad overcooked) for about $15 and $18. Nice service. Got a strawberry biscuit at Backyard Coffeehouse for the next day, good baked goods there. Fun trip hitting two completely types of towns on the coast.

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