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I'm broke, and I'm going to Maine. Help!

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Hello all,

My boyfriend and I are going to Maine on a last minute trip. We will be in portland for the day, freeport for the night. Tomorrow we'll be driving to camden to camp. I'm looking for recommendation for lunch and dinner along the way. My one rule is that these needs to be $10.00 or less per person, including tax and tip. We're open to anything, including ethnic... but would love to find some tucked away seafood joint that fits this budget limitation. =) Thank you for any suggestions you may have.


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  1. Two Lights Lobster Shack, Two Lights Road, off Route 77 in Cape Elizabeth, just outside of Portland. The stuff of dreams. Picture perfect setting with rocks, crashing surf, lighthouses, etc. Plus great lobster and picnic tables. Have fun!

    1. Relatively cheap eats in Freeport include China Rose (especially lunch specials and buffet), and The Corsican (Soup/Salad/Sandwiches). Also, consider grabbing sandwiches at World Deli (Rte 1 south of main drag) and picnicing at Wolfe's Neck Park (short drive from Freeport, great walking/hiking on Casco Bay).

      1. The Sea Basket in Wiscasset

        1. Sandwiches at Megunticook Market in Camden out on Mountain Street on the way to the lake and the hiking trails at Maiden Cliff. Great sandwiches there or get some cheese and fresh foccacia they get from Cafe Miranda.
          Maine Foodie

          1. Wasses Hot Dogs in Rockland. Get the fried onions and homemade hot relish.

            1. Hmm - Portland is not a great cheap eats town. Can't speak for the rest of Maine.

              A really nice and cheap snack, although not necessarily a meal, is the fougasse at Standard Baking on Commercial Street. They have one with Asiago and another with Poppy Seeds. The Asiago one is great.

              Sophia's, on Market St., is a good lunch spot too, and prices can be kept low.

              You'll be hard pressed to stay w/in $10 per person at the lobster shack. I guess if you get burgers it would work, and it'd be worth it for the view (in my opinion the fries and coleslaw are nothing to write home about here, but they will fill you up).

              Oh - I'm a broken record on this. But skip lunch and go to Maple's Organic Ice Cream on Forest Avenue. They have a new freezer now, so they've got quite a bunch of flavors. And I actually think this is the best ice cream in the Northeastern United States.

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              1. re: Dan S

                I agree completely with rating Maple's the best of the best ice cream anywhere. If you're looking for a more substantial meal, try rounding out the ice cream with fresh spring rolls at the Vietnamese place in the strip mall next door -- don't let the domino's sign deter you, the food is great. A little further up the street is Heggarty's, a brit-indie place where you can get a great, filling lunch, including a drink, for $7. Good luck!

              2. Miss Sea's on Route 1 in Waldoboro (you can't miss it) does yummy "mini" versions of lobster rolls and crab rolls that are actually not that small (three to four solid bites). The lobster one was $3.50 in '05, so you can have a couple and stay within your budget.