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Mid-Coast Maine Suggestions

rageorge Sep 13, 2006 07:09 PM

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!

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    maineater RE: rageorge Sep 13, 2006 07:13 PM

    You should definitely try to eat at Primo in Rockland. They are not open for lunch but dinner is consistently wonderful. Cod End in Tenant's Harbor has good lobster rolls and a nice deck to sit on when the weather is nice.

    Hope this helps.

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    1. re: maineater
      rageorge RE: maineater Sep 14, 2006 12:48 PM

      Thanks. Our only "open slot" for Rockland is for lunch so we'll have to keep Primo in mind for our next trip.

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      shaebones RE: rageorge Sep 13, 2006 10:07 PM

      Just an FYI, Cod End Closes September 17th. I like Miranda Cafe in Rockland for a fun festive dinner. Also not open for lunch.

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        rageorge RE: shaebones Sep 14, 2006 12:52 PM

        Thanks for the heads-up on Cod End and for the Miranda Cafe suggestion. I just checked out their web site and it looks like it would be a hoot but we're only going to be in Rockland for lunch. I'm going to bookmark it for our next trip.

      2. pianochikke RE: rageorge Sep 13, 2006 10:33 PM

        Hi there,
        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!

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          rageorge RE: pianochikke Sep 14, 2006 12:56 PM

          Thanks. Do you know whether or not the Bistro is open on Sunday and, if so, what their hours are?

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            HDinCentralME RE: rageorge Sep 14, 2006 03:02 PM

            Yes, Renaissance Bistro is open Sunday. Their web site says "Champagne Brunch starting at 8am" but does not say "til when".

            Also good in Brunswick for weekend brunch is 111 Maine street. They are open 10am-2pm.

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              pianochikke RE: HDinCentralME Sep 14, 2006 04:50 PM

              I think they're open until around 2pm, Sundays.
              (I THINK!) I haven't tried anything else on the menu,
              as I've only been there once w/my BF & my parents,
              but we're all going there again this Sunday--Yea!

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                pianochikke RE: HDinCentralME Sep 14, 2006 04:54 PM

                The address to the Renaissance Bistro website,
                through the Times Record(Maine newspaper):


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                  TanyaChasse RE: pianochikke Jun 25, 2007 07:49 AM

                  They have a website now....it's www.renaissance-bistro.com

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            HDinCentralME RE: rageorge Sep 13, 2006 10:45 PM

            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.

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            1. re: HDinCentralME
              rageorge RE: HDinCentralME Sep 14, 2006 12:58 PM

              Thanks for the good suggestions. I'm already salivating over the prospect of enjoying some good Maine seafood along with the respite from Atlanta heat and humidity.

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              hdb RE: rageorge Sep 14, 2006 09:05 PM

              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

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                rageorge RE: hdb Sep 14, 2006 10:56 PM

                Thanks. We're driving up to Rockland Sunday to visit the Farnsworth Museum so maybe we could hit Maine Fare as well. I appreciate the heads-up.

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                rageorge RE: rageorge Sep 24, 2006 12:23 AM

                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.

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                  shaebones RE: rageorge Sep 24, 2006 09:28 AM

                  where did you eat in Rockland?

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                    rageorge RE: shaebones Oct 1, 2006 09:55 PM

                    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.

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