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Calling All Maine Chowhounds!

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Dear Maine Hounds- My husband and I are planning a ten day trip to Maine this summer and will be in the following areas: Eastport, Ellsworth, Belfast and Camden. We are looking for great insider tips about places to eat--from high end to hole in the wall type places that only the locals know about! We love lobster but enjoy all cuisines. Am looking forward to your expert "hound help" in making this trip a memorable one!

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  1. Try the famopus Primo in Rockland ME- not too far from Camden. It is not open until mid April so I hope you will get to go.

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    1. re: emilief

      I had read about this place--sounds very good. Any ideas for lobster pounds in that area?

      1. re: Susan

        Oh my yes ! Waterman's Beach - one of the best.

        1. re: bbk

          Millers on Wheeler Bay (off Rte. 73), is the best! But it's not open until July 4 or so.

          Great place to bring your own wine and hors d'oeuvres, etc. Just buy their lobster and do the rest yourself.

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      HDinCentralME

      Chase's Daily for Breakfast/Brunch in Belfast; Finelli's Pizza in Ellsworth

      enjoy

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      1. re: HDinCentralME

        Thank you! They're on my list now!

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        Keefer Lucas

        Two experiences not to be missed deep in the heart of the downeast coastline - on your way either to or from Eastport plan to stop at the Bluebird Ranch Diner in Machias where you will get a top notch, absolutely authentic fish or clam chowder, and one of the best bread puddings in the state.

        Also - be sure to stop by Raye's Mustard in Eastport to pick up a few jars of stone ground mustard. Raye's is the last remaining stone ground mustard mill, a thriving relic of the days of sardines - many of which were packed in mustard. My personal favorite is the brown ginger mustard which is excellent with soft baked pretzels. If Nancy Raye is there, and you ask nicely, she will give you a tour of the mill. Not to be missed, it will be a culinary high point of your trip.

        Link: http://www.rayesmustard.gourmetfoodma...

        Image: http://www.gourmetfoodmall.com/mercha...

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        1. re: Keefer Lucas

          Keep these great tips coming!! These responses are just what I'm looking for--thank you and keep 'em coming! I am making a list of everything you send. The mustard place looks awesome and do I love mustard--yes!!!!

          1. re: Keefer Lucas

            Definitely agree about Bluebird in Machias - be sure to eat there and NOT at Helen's across the street!
            The WaCo Diner in Eastport is nice and right on the water.

            1. re: sophia fox

              The WaCo diner in Eastport is freakin' classic!

          2. For lobster in the rough Watermans Cove is the best. It was a James Beard regional prize winner, for their pies and lobster. Sorry can't give directions but it is about 1/2 hour south of Rockland. might get busy.

            1. We like Trenton Lobster Pound (Trenton, between Camden and Bar Harbor) and for a more "sit-down restaurant" experience with outdoor lobster pound cooking, try Union River Lobster Pot in Ellsworth--get a seat by the window and watch the river roll by. Don't miss Moody's Diner in Waldoboro as you drive up the coast--a true Maine experience that hasn't changed much since the 1930s. Great fried clams and fish, chowder, and four-berry pie. You've made me hungry for Maine! Have a great trip. (I think that all of these places have web sites you can check out.)