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Wiscasset, ME report

maryelizabeth | Jul 22, 2004 06:31 PM

We ate in Wiscasset twice during the week after July 4. One bad dinner, one awesome lunch.

On July 5 we drove up from Boothbay Harbor hoping to eat at another restaurant that turned out to be closed. So, we had dinner at Sara's. I don't know why people think it's so great. We waited about 20 minutes for a table, which was OK since it was basically the only place in town that was open. After we were seated, the server took our order promptly then forgot to submit it to the kitchen! About 20 minutes later she realized her mistake and we waited another 30 minutes for a couple of burgers and a French bread pizza. By that time our 14-month old was at the end of his rope, as were we. To her credit, the server suggested that we go ahead and take a piece of bread from the soup & salad bar. That appeased the little guy for a few minutes.

The burgers weren't bad but they definitely weren't memorable. They're served with a bag of potato chips, which seemed kind of odd for a full-service restaurant (it's not like we were about to go out on a boat for the day). My husband had a local beer that he said was so-so. Can't remember the name of it.

By contrast, we had a fabulous lunch later that week at the Riverdog Cafe. It's set back from the street just off of Rt. 1 (across from Red's Eats and about 100 yards down the street). Awesome, awesome, awesome. Apparently this place caters to the locals. There are about 10-12 tables, and you seat yourself. I believe they're only open for breakfast and lunch. They were just switching over from breakfast to lunch when we were there, but our food still arrived less than 10 minutes after we ordered it. My husband had a burger that he really seemed to like (with fries, not chips) and I had a quesadilla with chicken that was excellent. Great guacamole and black bean salsa on the side. Mexican is one of their specialties (go figure). Very friendly. I'm already looking forward to going back next summer.

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