Please feel free to chime in on this one and I will put a longer post of the places we have been to in the last year and a half in Southern Maine. Please be aware that we are from a hot dog and hamburger backround and couldn't care less about status and the see and be seen crowd. I say this because you'll know what set of eyeballs are critiquing these places. Here we go, short and sweet.
Biggest surprise of the year = the pizza at Chuck E. Cheese's !!!
Best restaurant = Joshua's, Wells = Willing to pay extra,great food ,however noisy.
Biggest rip-off and too much starch in the collar(stuffy central)= White Barn Inn,Kennebunk (by the way this restaurant is not in Kennebunkport), how can they charge so much for so little. Food my toddler could knock down. Joshua's any day.
Continually overated= Maine Diner, Wells ,however best service around.
Worst meal of the year=Maniax, Wells ,what the heck was that? I rarely complain, this was aweful. Perhaps New Years Day was a hangover for them.
I would return ASAP=Lily Moon,Saco
Best nickname= Windows on the Wallet, Kennebunk,tres expensive.Never been, probably never will.
Best view and to hang out=The
Ramp,Kennebunkport,downstairs from Pier 77
Always consistently good=Litchfield's,Wells
Why do I keep going here?=Federal Jack's, Kennebunk
Why do people go here?=Mike's Clam Shack,Wells
Too far away,wish they were closer=Brown's Ice Cream, York
Monster Cones=Goose Rocks Dairy, Kennebunkport
Nothing Special Breakfast=Cafe Amore, Ogunquit
Special Breakfast=Merriland Farm,Wells
Can't wait to go again=Cockpit Cafe, Sanford
Anyone been recently?=Varano's Italian,Wells, last summer I could almost give it a downhill alert
That's entertainment=Poor Richard's,Ogunquit, Bobby the bartender,one of the best nights we've had all year! However, imitation crab in the crab cakes,Yikes!
Is this really #1 pizza in Maine?=Ricetta's,South Portland
Let's go to Portland again=Norm's,Congress St.,Portland
Why offer a salad with the meal?=a lot of places need to scrap this concept!! I love the little wooden bowls where your cherry tomato(usually only 1 !) goes flying across tthe dining room trying to spear it.
Best reason to stay in=my mother's Shrimp and Scallop combo over the holidays and you know restaurants are getting some serious competition from the women and men who can cook.
Please tear me up and fell free to add to the list!!!!When we have to pay so much for a babysitter we are getting a little gun shy about the dining options.