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What are your favorite dishes at the most Chow-worthy cafes between Brunswick and Machias ME?

Ziv | Jul 29, 2009 05:28 PM

I am starting a 10 day drive up and back Maines coast, and I have read and re-read the posts about the food, and would love to have local experts give me tips on what to try and what to give a miss. I have heard that in the Brunswick area, the Dolphin Marina in S. Harpswell has a fine lobster stew and possibly the fish chowder is even better. I only get to eat one...
In Wiscasset, would you go with the tradition and do a Lobster Roll at Red's, or would the Sea Basket tempt you in with their chowder and haddock sanwich? Or would Sarah's, or Boothbay, or Duntons beat the first two out? Would you do one of these for breakfast, or hit Ebb Tide?
Before I get to Bar Harbor I hear both the Watermans Beach and Upies have their fans, totally different, but if you had to choose one for lunch?
Trenton is a choice for me between Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound and Down East, or is there a better choice for seafood?
I know nothing about Bar Harbor, but have been told by friends that Stewmans is the bomb, others say Down East is better, and another friend said bag both of them and go to Chase's in Winter Harbor. I am only going to eating dinner there, after a bit of hiking, what is the most 'Bar Harborish' of the bunch. Points for seafood, casual and beautiful vistas...
From Milbridge to Machias I have been told that Bluebird Ranch's clam chowder is the best in Maine, and that Cape Porpoise's roll is a better bargain than any nearby, that Helen's is still good though not as good as it was, that Old Salt's boiled dinner on Friday is excellent, but Tall Barney's has the best clams and breakfast in the area....
You get the picture, I have too many recommendations and too little time. Any Chowhounds out there who can point me in the right direction for excellent Maine seafood or breakfasts?
Any input would be greatly appreciated!

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