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Need recs for Belfast, ME for next week. What's still open?

groaker Oct 18, 2006 06:40 PM

I'm staying in Belfast for a few days next week, and I'm looking for a couple of suggestions for restaurants in that town and environs. I have previously eaten at Darby's, Dudley's, Seng Thai, and Three Tides (and in fact I'm already planning to have dinner at Three Tides next week), but for the sake of variety would welcome any other recommendations for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. In the event my hotel room does not have a coffee maker in which I can brew my own home grind, I'd also like to know whether Bell The Cat or Gothic makes a decently strong cup of joe, or if I'm to be relegated to the Dunkin' Donuts behind Hannaford's. For dinner, I'd prefer not to drive more than 30-40 minutes away from Belfast. Bonus points for good desserts, especially home-made pies. TIA.

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    GG Mora Oct 18, 2006 10:13 PM

    Francine's in Camden, about 20 miles from Belfast, is open year 'round. I had a terrific dinner there in September. Lovely, creative food – I had a sweet corn and huitlacoche crepe for a starter and a seared duck breast with tart red plum sauce for my entrée. Both were great, very well prepared. The wine list is very good, too.

    You can get a good cup of coffee at the Belfast Co-op.

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      groaker Oct 19, 2006 05:23 PM

      I had actually hoped to hit Francine's for dinner on my way up the coast on Monday, but alas, they are closed Mondays. I need to go to Camden sometime during the week, so I might be able to get to Francine's for an early dinner that day. I have to check to see if they still start serving at 5:30. Didn't know the co-op served coffee - I will check them out.

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        GG Mora Oct 19, 2006 06:48 PM

        The co-op has a nice little Hippie Café. My husband and I had lunch there to refuel after cycling from Rockport to Belfast, before we started the return trip. Very nice, fresh sandwiches and very good iced coffee – which leads me to believe their hot coffee is good.

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      jackattack Oct 18, 2006 10:24 PM

      Chase's Daily is still good. Anglers in nearby Searsport is a good spot for a boiled lobster. I don't imagine that John's Homemade ice Cream in Liberty is still open but worth a peek in the phone directory to find out.

      If you're staying at the Colonial Gables, yes they have coffee pots.

      Just Barb's Diner in Stockton Springs has great pies.

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        groaker Oct 19, 2006 05:33 PM

        Not familiar with Chase's Daily, but I will check them out when I get there. I've heard that Angler's is good for basic seafood. Unfortunately I have found in the past that most of the ice cream stands up that way are closed for the season by this time of year. I've read many raves for the pies at Just Barb's and fully intend to see if they are justified, perhaps at lunch.

      2. Science Chick Oct 19, 2006 11:05 AM

        A second vote for Chase's Daily. One of the best meals we had in ME last summer (we are vegetarians, and they really did an outstanding job).

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          groaker Oct 19, 2006 05:43 PM

          Just did a quick search on Chase's Daily and don't know how I've missed this place on past trips. Although I'm not a vegetarian, I am a strong supporter of locally grown, sustainable agriculture, and I'm now looking forward to at least one breakfast or lunch at Chase's.

        2. vbmontana Oct 19, 2006 11:18 AM

          I agree with recommendations for Chase's Daily, but you may want to consider an exceptional treat. Primo in Rockland is about 35 minutes away. It ranks nationally. On two visits I have been impressed with use of local ingredients in a Italian inspired menu. Mellissa Kelly is a very talent chef. There are lots of references to Primo that can be found with a google search.

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            groaker Oct 19, 2006 05:51 PM

            Rockland is a bit further afield than I want to travel for dinner. However, I sometimes stay in Rockland and have Primo on my list for the next time I am there.

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            finewineserver Oct 19, 2006 07:20 PM

            The Edge in Lincolnville offers fabulous fine dining. They are open through the end of the year.

            I also second Chase's.

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              groaker Oct 19, 2006 07:58 PM

              Thanks - just looked at their website. So many restaurants, so little time.

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              DrCheryl Oct 22, 2006 12:57 PM

              The Twilight Cafe in Belfast is excellent -- it's on Main St. below Dudley's.

              The Gothic has closed but Bell the Cat is open and a good place for a sandwich or coffee.

              I have heard that the Rhumb Line in Searsport is good.

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                groaker Oct 23, 2006 02:51 AM

                I noticed the Twilight Cafe when I was in Belfast last year and thought it looked interesting, but when I called last week to check their hours I got one of those phone company messages saying the number had been disconnected. They didn't make it, I guess.

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                  Maine Foodie Nov 5, 2007 05:36 PM

                  Twilight is no longer. Try Belfast Bay Wrap for wrap sandwiches, very tasty and quite creative...they are down a few doors from Chase's. The Edge does a good job, they are only open from Wed thru Sunday right now. I saw that the Heartstone Inn has a three course special on Mondays and Tuesdays in Camden. I've always wanted to check them out. Better check whether 3Tides is open when you are in town, Sarah and David had a baby this morning and they are planning to close for a while.

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                    groaker Nov 8, 2007 11:43 AM

                    Thanks for the tips, MF (no slight intended). Funny that you should pick this time to respond to a post I made a year ago, because as it happens I will be in Belfast again for 4 nights next week! I checked out the Edge when I was there this Spring, but didn't have a chance to eat at the restaurant. Great looking place though. So, another offspring for the patrons at 3Tides to ooh and ahhh over, huh? I guess I'll have to check out that new beer another time.

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                      JenBoes Nov 8, 2007 03:54 PM

                      I second Bay Wraps for lunch and the co-op for lunch. The co-op has great soup and sandwiches.

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                        groaker Nov 9, 2007 08:05 AM

                        I will definitely check out Bay Wraps. I have done takeout from the co-op. They also carry my favorite coffee (Dean's Beans), and some really tasty bakery goodies.

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                winochick Nov 9, 2007 10:02 AM

                my friend says Rhumb Line is great...it's in Searsport

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                  Mainegal Nov 9, 2007 01:24 PM

                  Rhumb Line is okay, but rather firmly stuck in the 1990s.

                  Try Papa J's and the Lobster Bar, just north of the Belfast bridge, on Route 1. Good food, great view, fun vibe.

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                    groaker Nov 11, 2007 03:51 AM

                    Does the restaurant stay open after the campground closes for the season? I believe the campground closed last month.

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