Mid-Coast Maine Suggestions
Looking for dining suggestions for five days in mid-coast Maine (staying in E. Boothbay). Specifically need breakfast suggestions for Portland (other than Becky's; we've done that several times), lunch in Rockland area, and lunch/dinner recommendations for places within an easy drive of E. Boothbay. We've eaten at Lobsterman's Wharf in E. Boothbay many times so are looking for other places for good seafood (this is when I get my once-a-year lobster fix). All price ranges OK as long as good value for the money. Thanks!
We had lunch at the Rockland Cafe (a diner) on Main Street primarily because it was open on Sunday and close to the Farnsworth Museum. I had a lobster roll which was ok (served on a hamburger bun) and my wife had fish chowder which was also just ok, very little fish and a lot of potato. I'm sure there are better places in Rockland.
Thanks to everyone for your suggestions. We just got back from five days in Portland and East Boothbay and had some great Maine chow. Hugo's in Portland was the highlight of the trip. Although according to reviews it's apparently a bit pricey for Portland it was quite reasonable when compared with high-end restaurants in Atlanta ($65 prix fixe for four courses). We especially liked the fact that we felt comfortable dressed very casually while we were dining on the likes of Atlantic Fluke Tartar, Verjus-Glazed Heritage Pork Belly and a Casco Bay Cod Tasting.
The other highlight (aside from almost daily lobster pig-outs at Lobsterman's Wharf in E. Boothbay and MacSeagull's in Boothbay Harbor; both of which we recommend) was dinner at the Squire Tarbox Inn south of Wiscasset. Swiss-born chef Mario De Pietro and his wife Roni own the inn (built in 1763 and added on to in 1825) and serve up a prix fixe menu ($29 to $39 depending on the entree) featuring vegetables from their own garden and goat cheese from their own herd. The atmosphere alone is worth the long, winding drive from US 1 but the food also makes the trip worthwhile. (This would be a great place to spend the night as well.)
Thanks to fellow chowhounds, we had an excellent light breakfast at Standard Baking Company in Portland (and brought home some delicious molasses cookies which we're still enjoying). We didn't make it to Camden for Maine Fare but there's always next year. We'll also keep the other recommendations in mind for future trips.
Just thought I would mention that it's Maine Fare weekend in Camden. Cookbook authors, famous chefs, a large vendor marketplace at the Knox Mill on Saturday/Sunday and a tasting evening at the Camden Yacht Club on Friday night. For all the details check out mainefare.com
In another recent thread I mentioned 93 Townsend in BBH. Non-touristy, good food...mostly seafood from simply prepared to ambitious. Open for lunch too (good broiled Salmon Sand.)
A little farther drive is Ocean Grill in Edgecomb (just over the bridge from Wiscasset with nice views of Sheepscot River). They serve a "brunch" menu daily til 3pm plus dinner later. Varied menu.
Farther south from you on Rte 1 in Woolwich is Montsweag Roadhouse. Good steaks and other "upscale roadhouse" food. Good blackened salmon sand. on lunch menu. Standard lobster offerings too.
I'm new to this site, from Brunswick, & since you mentioned you're looking for breakfast places, I'm going to suggest one:
The Renaissance Bistro: 25 Mill Street, Brunswick, Maine.
Pretty much right next to a Chinese Restaurant on the same
I don't own it or work there, or anything, but I found it
online (really hard to do, since they just opened recently!)
about a month ago. I went w/my parent's & my BF, & had this
really amazing breakfast burrito--it really is yummy! :-)
We're going back there again when my parent's come to visit
us this weekend! Can't wait!