Fried Foods and Rolls:
Red's Eats, Wiscasset: Excellent fried clams (the only decent clams I got this weekend, probably a result of the flooding/red tides closing down the clam flats along the New England coast). Excellent fried dough. Lobster roll ice cold (like, too cold even by lobster roll standards) and tough and probably over cooked.
Bagaduce Lunch, Brooksville: Fried shimp roll excellent, local shrimp not over breaded. I looked at someone else's fried clams and they did not look top notch- my whole-belly standards might be high, but these were practically strips. Onion rings fried at wrong temperature and exceedingly greasy, even by onion rings standard. Hot dog overcooked. Disappointing on the whole.
Waterman's, South Thomaston: The setting is -amazing-. The lobsters sweet.
But the prices were higher than at Young's (see below). Then they gave us 1 1/4 pounders instead of the 1 1/2ers we paid for. " 1 1/4" was written on the paper trays the lobsters were served on, the lobsters looked like 1 1/4ers. nevertheless hey refused to change the charge on my card, saying our trays must have been mismarked by the staff. The side salads came, literally in a 1/4 cup portion-- and they charged $1.50 for each one! The rhubarb pie had an excellent filling but was undercooked.
I found Waterman's deeply disappointing compared to old favorites closer to Portland (and a new favorite from this trip).
Young's, Belfast: Terrific for what it is. Cheaper than Young's, lobsters properly cooked. Love the warehouse atmosphere and the BYO-everything approach. Indoor seating was invaluable given the dodgy weather on Friday and Saturday, Lobster stew was great. All sizes available even when we ran in 10 minutes prior to closing. The steamers were "meh" (see clam issues above) but the mussels were good. Staff and guests were friendly- lost of chatting and sharing among tables.
About a million times better than Waterman's.
Dorman's, Thomaston: Absolutely the best old-fashioned (and by that I mean pre-superpremium/superfatcontent) ice cream I've ever had. It was crushingly disappointing that this was closed on the 4th and 5th b/c we would have driven from Belfast both days to get more. Second best ice cream I've ever had next to the dearly-departed Stosh's of Kent, CT. Amazingly flavorful, but light and refreshing
Round Top, Damariscotta [also sampled at Camden Cone]: Very good mint chocolate chip and cherry; poor maple walnut and peanut butter. Uneven. Texture good, but often insufficiently strong/deep flavor.
John's [Served at Bay Wraps, Belfast]: This seemed to have a touch of refreeze going on, which may have altered the texture, but the chocolate flavor that I sampled was disappointing- very mild and almost more brownsugary than chocolatey. Would like to try other flavors, to reconfirm.
Mount Desert Ice Cream, Bar Harbor: Only tried the chocolate coconut flavor, but wow, what a great surprise! Fresh tasting ingredients...probably the closest of all the ice creams of the trip to the taste of excellent homemade ice cream. Would like to try again
Ben & Bill's Chocolate Emporium, Bar Harbor: Tried only the chocolate grand marnier ice cream, which was my favorite ice cream as a kid when I would come to Maine every summer. I still love it- its objectively not in the same league as some of the other ice creams from this trip, but its just got the perfect balance of chocolate and liqeur
Scoops & Crepes, Belfast: Don't know where they got their ice cream from, but AVOID.
Priscilla's Pies, Bucksport: I have eaten excellent homemade pies, pies from great bakeries all over the US, pies from Amish bakeries in PA and Indiana. This is the greatest pie I have ever tasted and its not even close. The blackberry was particularly tremendous. Christ, I can still taste it. The highlight of the trip.