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Aug 7, 2006 11:18 PM

Waterville, ME grub

LA chowhound going to visit some old family in Waterville, ME later this month - anything special worth seeking out in that twon or the vicinity? (will have car)
Anything special would be appreciated, but looking primarily for places to eat around $10 per person, $20 max w/o drinks

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    1. Weathervane is a New England chain and the quality is hit or miss....we've had some outstanding steamed clams there and also the world's worst lobster roll. Prices are low.

      Governor's is a Maine chain where you can usually find fried maine shrimp or an appetizer-sized portion of broiled scallops in your price range. Daily specials under $10.

      Alden Camps is the best kept secret in the area. I think dinner is about 20 bucks and its BYOB. They only accept reservations on a few nights of the week but it is well worth the drive out to the lake. Sample menus are on their website, they have quite a few choices, and though there is a new chef this year, food there has always been exceptional.

      Don't miss the North Street Dairy for unbelievable Fresh Banana Ice Cream, Cookie Dough Ice Cream, or maine-fave Grapenut Ice Cream. Peanut Butter Ice Cream with dark chocolate chips is another good one. I don't recommend their chocolate-based flavors however.

      Bolley's Famous Franks is the classic Waterville stop for snapper hot dogs smothered in onions and served with some of the best french fries since the county fair. Sprinkle them with vinegar and eat them waterville-maine style!

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      1. re: jackattack

        all three of these are now musts.
        and i'll sprinkle vinegar on anything so the fact that it's encouraged is a big plus!

      2. The Last Unicorn, on Silver Street, downtown. Affordable daily specials, and soup/sandwiches, more pricey regular entrees, very good quality overall, including greens and vegetables. I had a steak there last winter that I'm still thinking about fondly. My sister had a chicken dish with gouda - also delicious (we swapped bites).

        The mexican restaurant adjacent to the Railroad Square Cinema -can't remember the name, but the businesses share the same entrance. Their menu is small but the burritos and enchiladas I've had there have been tasty and generous portion-wise. A good place to catch a bite before going to see a non-mainstream film.

        Brick-oven pizza also right next to Railroad Square, across the parking lot at The Grand Central Cafe. Salads there are a little iceberg-y, but the sandwiches and pizza are very good, and the atmosphere is funky and relaxed.

        For food to eat at home, my favorite place to shop in the area is The Green Spot, just off the old interstate exit 33 headed toward Oakland/Belgrade. A traditional European-style (whatever that is - but they are so much more than just a farm stand) green grocer, lots of local produce, some of it organic, fresh fruit, also baked goods, pies, and deli salads made on the premises, then a large selection of wine, cheese, and fresh seafood. Run by two sisters who are a pleasure to visit. I like to stop to pick up something when I'm headed out that way to visit family.

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        1. re: sarahsbooks

          I'm not too sure how "local" that produce is at the Green Spot. In the early mornings, I've seen the same truck that delivers to Hannaford stopping at The Green Spot, and unloading produce.

          1. re: jackattack

            I've seen that truck too - most of the fruit and some of the veg is standard supermarket stuff, you are correct. But I've also seen the Maine produce truck, and have gotten good local salad greens, carrots, taters, etc., there. Also, the local berries right now are very fine, raspberries, and blueberries of course.

            1. re: sarahsbooks

              Good to know! I'll have to stop in and check it out. Here we've been shopping at the supermart thinking it was all the same stuff at half the price. Raspberries.........yum!

        2. also--

          Lobster Trap has good deafood, reasonable and very casual.

          Jorgenson's downtown is great for sandwiches, snacks.

          And the best sandwiches ever-- Big G's in Winslow. YUM!

          1. i heartily second the Big G's reco. very fresh sandwiches on homemade bread, ridiculously sized, and very reasonable. also great baked desserts. also, in winslow, there is a thai/chinese/korean place called 'taste of asia' or asian taste' that is family run and quite good. i was in waterville a few weeks ago, and followed jackattack's reco for north street dairy and was delighted. it's a trip back in time in terms of decor and prices, but delicious. enjoy!