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Maine - Good, Bad, or Eh...ok?

sfobas | Mar 4, 2008 04:34 PM

I've been fortunate enough to travel the great state of Maine for work purposes, and so I've been fortunate enough for the last 2 years to sample some of the best that the state has to offer. In reading the boards, I've been curious to know what places I have been missing. Since I get to travel from Portland to Ellsworth and everywhere in between, along 95, 295, and Rte 1.. I'm curious to know other's opinions. Here are some of my samples:

Portland:

The Front Room, Congress St. Great food, relaxed atmosphere. Small place, get there early on weekends.

Fore Street & Street & Co. - Typically great fare all around, some of the best I have found in Maine, considering same ownership.

Tony's Donuts - Portland. Share the top spot in donuts for me, along with:
Congdon's Donuts, Rte 1, Wells.

Bagel Mainea (sp?) - Western Avenue, Augusta. Great sandwiches + bread.

Bintliffs, Rte 1, Wiscasset. I know there is another Bintliffs on the Southern Coast, but this one is pretty good fare.

King Eider's - Newcastle. Good pub food, good atmosphere all around.

Lucerne Inn, Holden or Dedham. On 1A from 395 to Ellsworth on Phillips Lake. Great food all around - I have not been able to sample much of Bar Harbor food, but this place is definitely among the top in the Bangor area.

Big G's deli - Fairfield. "Interesting" sandwiches with lots of variety, and pretty tasty also. Don't take credit cards, so make sure to bring cash.

Full Belly Deli - Brighton Ave, Westbrook. Great Jewish Deli in Westbrook. Large & tasty sandwiches.

Liberal Cup, Hallowell. Great beer selection and better-than-good pub food.
Slates, Hallowell. Also a bakey - have not tried the food but heard it is very good.
Cafe Bangkok, Hallowell. Located on the same street in Hallowell as LC and Slates - very good Thai food and sushi in Augusta area.

Yosaku, Benkay - Portland. Two different sushi houses in Portland, on opposite ends of the Old Port. Both very good, in my opinion, and can't miss.

Cook's Lobster House - Bailey Island. Located at the very tip of a peninsula south of Brunswick... was famous for being in an Visa (or was it Mastercard) commercial a few years back, but very very good seafood. Also a working lobster pound. Worth the drive from Brunswick, but can be slightly on the pricier side.

Royal River Grill - Have not been, but heard good things - thoughts?

The Senator - Augusta. Located on Western Ave just off of exit 109 in Augusta - one of the better restaurants in the area, attached to a hotel.

Captain Daniel Stone Inn - Brunswich. Very good food and atmosphere, good choice for a romantic dinner. Kind of a pain to find, though.

Back Street Bistro - Brunswick. Also slightly difficult to find on a back street in downtown Brunswick, but very good food and wine selection.

Diamond's Edge Restaurant - Great Diamond Island. Have not been to, but also have heard very good things about.

Thats all I have for now... I travel to all of these areas frequently, so my goal is to try the best Maine has to offer. Thoughts?

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