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Mary Jul 12, 2005 04:12 PM

We are driving from CT up to Maine on a Saturday morning, headed for Brunswick. We want to leave early to beat the traffic, then have breakfast somewhere after the Maine tollbooths. Any suggestions for a place to aim for?

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    hiddenboston RE: Mary Jul 12, 2005 04:41 PM

    The Maine Diner in Wells has great breakfasts.

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      Theresa RE: hiddenboston Jul 12, 2005 04:47 PM

      The Omelette Factory on rte 1 is good too

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        ju RE: Theresa Jul 12, 2005 06:10 PM

        Is that the one slightly north of Flo's hotdog stand? If so, then I second the rec. They cook each omelette individually in a pan, not on the hotplate like at most diners.

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          Irwin RE: ju Jul 12, 2005 08:14 PM

          No--its in the town of Ogunquit and not near Flo's.

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            benny RE: Irwin Jul 13, 2005 10:18 PM

            Congdon's may have great doughnuts but their breakfast is weak. This woman who started the thread, Mary, isn't looking for doughnuts folks. The Egg and I is also weak. We were at Cafe Amore last weak and had the french toast and the home made granola. It was good but not a "wow" experience. The Maine Diner is good but nothing exceptional. It is overated. Their service is fantastic,however. The Omelette Factory,although I haven't eaten there in 3 years, is fantastic. So here's the zinger Mary. Get off Exit 2 in Wells,Maine and go to Route 1 north. Just before the Maine Diner there is a road on the left, Coles Hill Rd. Take this road about 1 and a 1/2 miles to a par 3 golf course call Merriland Farm and eat in their cafe. By far the best breakfast in Southern Maine and the atmosphere is superb. Escape the crowds of Route 1 and enjoy!!!!!!!

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              M-L. RE: benny Jul 14, 2005 12:22 PM

              This sounds like the best plan to me. Maine Diner is always crowded and a beast on weekends. Since the destination is Brunswick, I'd to do this, get back on the interstate at York or Wells, and avoid Biddeford and Ogunquit like the plague.

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                mainerjls RE: benny Apr 27, 2009 04:38 PM

                I disagree about Congdon's, I feel like everything I have ever eaten at Congdon's was delicious. Not to mention the staff being so friendly and the atmosphere is great and homey. Maine Diner is okay but it is cold feeling in there and the breakfast is nothing special. Egg and I is very good as well. I personally wasn't impressed with the Omelette Factory... and soooo small!!!

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              Theresa RE: ju Jul 13, 2005 09:11 AM

              That's the one!!!

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            sophie bean RE: hiddenboston Jul 13, 2005 01:53 PM

            I definitely agree about the Maine Diner. Baked beans for breakfast works for me!!!

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            Far Far RE: Mary Jul 12, 2005 04:57 PM

            Whatever you do, don't go to Congdon's Donuts in Wells!!

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              Irwin RE: Far Far Jul 12, 2005 08:16 PM

              I don't think that was very nice... If you owned Congon's Donuts would you like someone to write what you did whether the products were good or bad????

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                Joanie RE: Irwin Jul 13, 2005 07:51 AM

                If it's really bad, people deserve to be warned off it. It probably didn't think it deserved such a harsh comment tho. I thought Congden's donuts were all right but far from the best I've ever had. (Ally's in N. Kingstown RI are the best ever.)

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                  Irwin RE: Joanie Jul 13, 2005 11:05 AM

                  Condon's built a empire selling donuts, so how bad can they be??? Probably not the best, but far from the worst. They sell tons of donuts, wholesale and retail and I feel that they deserve a lot of credit for the empire they built making donuts....

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                    M-L. RE: Irwin Jul 14, 2005 12:17 PM

                    Interesting observation, but empire building isn't what this about, is it? It's about taste, different for all. Krispy Kreme built an empire, but I think their product is revolting. Ditto McDonald's, etc.

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                      Irwin RE: M-L. Jul 14, 2005 07:03 PM

                      THANKS FOR YOUR OPINION

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                fatboy RE: Far Far Jul 13, 2005 07:42 AM

                Why not Congdon's Donuts????????

                Please explain.

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                  Far Far RE: Far Far Jul 13, 2005 11:52 AM

                  The others are right. I shouldn't have been so archly condemnatory without further explanation. In fact, however, after hearing and reading about "Maine's best donuts", my wife and I looked forward to having breakfast there one weekend but were disappointed on several levels. The donut I had -an old fashioned plain donut- (admittedly I only had one of the more than 2 dozen types of donuts they offered, maybe others are better) was greasy and soggy. We both ordered Irish Eggs Benedict. The corned beef hash was clearly right out of a can (when we said something about it to the server, she said "Oh, yeah, they don't make it here). The fried potatoes were tasteless. In all, it was an unimpressive breakfast at a fairly high price. Given the quality of the other breakfast places in the area, such as Omelette Factory and the Egg & I, I can't recommend Congdon's. But I do apologize for making a sarcastic-and unhelpful-comment.

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                  East Point Cook RE: Mary Jul 12, 2005 07:29 PM

                  Right before the York toll is the exit for The Yorks.
                  Take it and eat at Rick's in York Village (follow 1A).
                  It's great for breakfast. Nothing like a grilled blueberry muffin followed by a Rick McMuffin.

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                    TD RE: Mary Jul 13, 2005 10:14 AM

                    Try Amore Breakfast in Ogunquit...They make a Banana's Foster French Toast that is to die for. If it's too busy, then I'll second the Omelette Factory recommendation and also The Egg & I. Maine Diner is great, but soooo crowded.

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                      MHKL RE: Mary Apr 28, 2009 05:03 AM

                      The Cole Road Cafe in Biddeford is wonderful for breakfast!

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                        treb RE: Mary Apr 28, 2009 06:39 AM

                        In HN just before the border in Maine, Hoaty's on rt 1 in Hampton is excellent breakfast, cash only. Also, Betty's on rt1 just up the street from Hoaty's.

                        1. jspear RE: Mary Apr 28, 2009 06:54 AM

                          The place for breakfast in the brunswick area is Mae's Cafe right off the highway in Bath, great baked goods and a great breakfast......

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                            jspear RE: jspear Apr 28, 2009 08:22 AM

                            Outside eating on a nice morning as well.......

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                            LindaBarbara RE: Mary Apr 28, 2009 12:32 PM

                            I read with great interest all the replies posted. I really enjoy the breakfast places in Maine. I can't agree with the poster who thought Congdon's was not a good choice. I, too, believe you get a great breakfast, with friendly people, in a homey although dated atmosphere.

                            I was surprised that Bintliff's wasn't mentioned. Bintliff serves a wonderful, substantial breakfast and are known for their corned beef hash. I have not tried the Omelette Factory nor the Egg and I.

                            Amore's has moved to a new location further down Shore Road closer to the Cove. It now has a cafe and outdoor seating and seems to be quite busy already.

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                              emilief RE: LindaBarbara Apr 28, 2009 12:38 PM

                              Amore has lousy coffee and the food is not that great. I think it runs on hype. The Cove Cafe very close to the Cove is excellent - wonderful food, good coffee and great people.
                              Omellette factory is excellent - they had a for sale sign out last season so wondering if they will be there is year??

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                                LindaBarbara RE: emilief Apr 28, 2009 04:15 PM

                                I have to agree about Amore's lousy coffee, but I heard that it has improved somewhat. I also have to agree that the Cove Cafe is excellent---love their omelets. I believe the Cove Cafe will open on May 2nd.

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