Driving from BOS into Maine -- need lunch!
My brother and I will be driving from Logan up into Maine this Friday 6/30. We're landing at noon and driving up to the Kennebec river in The Forks (routed via 95 to 295 to 95 to 201).
We'd like to get out of greater Boston traffic before we stop for lunch -- but more important is a GOOD lunch. Beyond no dairy, we are open to everything but might particularly like seafood.
Am I the only one who has had a not-so-great experience at Chauncey Creek? Nothing seriously bad, but overcooked rubbery lobsters and everything else nondescript. It wouldn't be a huge deal except lunch for 3 women (no booze) came to $80, and we had driven up from RI just to go to this place. NEVER AGAIN.
Hi team -- Bro and I had a FANTASTIC trip to Maine. We ate at Chauncey Creek for lunch on the first day, and it was a delightful introduction to the glories of Maine dining.
We also ate at Three Brothers on the dock in Portland twice, with dirt-cheap and super-delicious lobsters in full glorious wooden picnic table ambience. They'll even put 'em in to boil for you if you call ahead, so they're ready to pick up when you arrive (for example off the ferry).
Thanks so much for all your help and guidance!
If the weather is lousy, I wouldn't go to Chauncy Creek. If you stop in downtown Portsmouth NH you could park in the parking garage and walk to several restaurants. It's been awhile since we've been there so I can't remember names. But with a slight detour off Rt 95, in Portsmouth head to Durham/Dover. (might be route 16) You'll cross Great Bay and at the lights turn left onto Dover Point Rd. Look for Newicks. The original place burned down but the atmosphere is the same. It's a big seafood on paper plates place overlooking Great Bay. I don't think you'll be more than 10 minutes off Rt 95.
My favorite list in downtown Portsmouth is as follows, and all excellent great restauants, and dress casual:
Lindbergs Crossing 603-431-0887 my favorite
Pesce Blue 603-430-7766 all fish
Anthony Alberto 603-436-4000 excellent Italian
There are probably 25 more restaurants, but I have not tried, because we tend to return to places we really like. Enjoy and please report back.... We love feedback-
I like Barnacle Billy's in Ogunquit. Heck. If Barnacle Billy's is good enough for an ex-president, it's good enough for me. And if you're in the mood for fried seafood, hit the Clam Shack in Kennebunkport. Again, if Clam Shack is good enough for an ex-president, it's good enough for me.
Chauncey Creek! That's it! Thank you Emilief!
As I recall, the food is excellent. Pretty much in the top tier for southern Maine. What really makes the place is the fancy locals who show up on weekend afternoons. Without them, the view isn't spectacular so you might want to try some other place.
(Man, this place never ceases to amaze me. I can post a vague post about some place with "creek" in the name and within hours someone nails the answer. Amazing.)
You are thinking of Chauncy Creek - lobster place in Kittery Maine just over the border from Portsmouth. There is a steep setof stairs to get in so if anyone has trouble with stairs not place to go. They sell lobsters, steamers and a few other things (baked beans, blueberry pie??)but you can byob as well as anything else you want to accompany your lobsters.
My bad on the location of Harraseeket. Now this is gonna drive me crazy.
What's the name of that place just over the borde,r a bit down a side road, on a "creek" (I think it even has "creek" in it's name).
You park along the side of the road and cross a sort of bridge onto a kitchen/deck on pilings. Many locals seem to get pretty dressed up to go there and bring lots of additional food to supplement the lobster... as well as red-checked tablecloths, silverware, even candleabras!
Anyone have any ideas?
Freeport traffic might really slow you down, especially on a Friday afternoon. Also you'd be looking at a 3:30pm lunch if you wait for Freeport.
Maine Diner in Wells is just a mile and a half off I-95 and it is pretty much easy-on, easy-off. Shouldn't be too crowded at 2:00-2:30pm, and although it looks and feels like a tourist-trap...the food is exceptional and the service is great.
Harraseeket Lobster is not jost over the border of New Hampshire. Its 10 miles north of Portland, which is 130 miles north of Logan, and about 70 miles north of Portsmouth, and thats if you like or want Lobster.
On Route 1 in Freeport is a wonderful BBQ joint, called "Bucks Naked BBQ". Pulled pork or pulled chicken sandwiches are excellent, as well as their hot corn bread. I have not tried their ribs yet, but they look real good. But, if you decide to eat in Portland or Freeport, it will be a real late lunch, so it might be better to eat in the Portsmouth/Kittery area and they also have plenty of lobster joints. Good Luck, and report back to us.... Enjoy your trip in Maine!
Harraseeket is in Freeport, about 10 minutes off of 295. It's pretty good. The Freeport exit from 295 is about an hour's drive north of the NH border.
You could also check out Portsmouth -- lots of good suggestions on this board -- we usually end up at the Portsmouth Brewery -- or Kittery -- Bob's Clam Hut is quite reliable.
Note that local clams here in Maine are still in short supply since there's still red tide at most of the Maine clam flats.