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Oct 18, 2006 06:40 PM

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

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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  1. 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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    1. re: GG Mora

      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.

      1. re: groaker

        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.

    2. 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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      1. re: jackattack

        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. 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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        1. re: Science Chick

          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. 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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          1. re: vbmontana

            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.

          2. 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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            1. re: finewineserver

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