A herd of people descended on Kennebunk(port) for a week before the wedding on June 23rd. There were all types of eaters from a four year old hot dogs n burgers to let's drink dinner palates. We stayed in lower village Kennebunk at a great house(wwwdotkennebunkhousedotcom).....we won't be invited back(that's another story) but it was a fantastic base to explore the area and have a short walk to some of the best dining around; you might be able to spit on On The Marsh from the front yard.
We had spent some time in Kennebunk before this, so we had a pretty good idea of what we wanted to eat.
Breakfast - appropriately named All Day Breakfast was a five minute walk from the house, and we never felt a need to go anywhere else. The ham steaks, homemade corned beef hash, and bacon were all that little step better than 90% of other breakfast places. The pancakes were as big as your head and didn't fall apart when you put butter and the real maple syrup supplied on them. We never went anywhere else for breakfast, but heard Maine Diner(fifteen minute drive to Wells) was maybe a bit better. Anyone have opinions?
The standout of the trip had to be the Clam Shack and Cape Porpoise Lobster Co. Clam shack had the whole bellies fried up to perfection, much better than either of the places in Essex for my taste buds.
Cape Porpoise Lobster has an outlet on Ocean Ave down by the Yacht Club. We had three or four home lobster dinners that week, and always got the lobsters from Cape Porpoise. If you are saying to yourself 'Three or Four?!?', I'm from Colorado and don't get fresh seafood without paying through the nose here. When I'm on the East Coast I cram six or eight months worth of fish and shellfish into whatever time I've got.
For the rehearsal dinner we went to the Cape Pier Chowder house and had dinner on the pier over the water. This was an experience everyone has been talking about since the wedding. All the boats in the harbor with the sun setting behind them, a couple of lobsters on your plate, a tub of drawn butter, and a glass of wine. Finish it off with wild Blueberry pie and everything was right in the universe. The owners wife was there with three people taking care of all the pickup, serving, and pouring wine and beer. They did a great job of timing the food and not letting anything get in the way of us enjoying a night with family and friends. I think they had corn and a couple other sides that others said were good.
The reception was at the Nonantum, and was a blur to me. We've been told repeatedly the food was good, but everyone we talked to specifically mentioned the hors d'oeuvres during the cocktail hour. Bacon wrapped scallops and mini crabcakes seemed to be the favorites.
Federal Jacks - brewpub with OK beers and surprisingly good food. The clam chowder is a bit different from anywhere else I've had. Plus it's the only place I know that you can use the word taint in polite company(TaintTown Ale is one of their specialty beers).
Market Day - on route 35 n of 9, solid sandwiches made in front of you with fresh bread.
Gelato place upstairs in dock square - skip it. blah.
Big Daddy's Ice Cream, Wells - Pistachio ice cream was bad. Everyone else's seemed to please.
Thanks to all the contributors to this board for ideas on previous trips that led to us finding some of the places mentioned above.