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Any good food in Biddeford, Maine or surrounding?

chowdah95 Jan 12, 2007 04:41 AM

I'm going to visit my cousin who lives in Biddeford, ME. Sadly, he's a pretty picky eater and not in a good way. He's a meat and potatoes kinda guy an can only recommend chain restaurants.

Save me! Are there any decent non-chains on the Southern coast that serve American or Italian fare?

  1. thegolferbitch Jan 12, 2007 11:03 AM

    TONS....how much do you want to spend?

    Anjon's in Scarborough Maine has good Italian. They're right on rte 1. That's sort of more expensive, as are Joe Allen in Ogunquit (love it there) and the White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport. Joe Allen and the White Barn have more regional/American fare.

    More affordable but still good are my beloved Marcia's Mexican (they also have American stuff) in Wells, and the Bull and Claw in Wells. Bull & Claw sounds like it'd be a very cousin-friendly place. I'm sure other CH'ers will chime in as well.

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    1. re: thegolferbitch
      Harp00n Jan 14, 2007 11:11 AM

      Well since the cousin's been described as a "meat & potatoes kinda guy" my 1st rec would be The Steakhouse in Wells. It's not a chain and is well regarded locally. Here's the link;

      In addition, we have Buffleheads at Hill Beach, in Biddeford. This is a terrific place that should be able to please any tastes. Here's that link;

      The Jewel of India, also in Biddeford and obviously more adventurous, is the best Indian, IMO, in Maine. The link is;

      The Spurwink Country Kitchen, overlooking the Spurwink River at beautiful Higgin's Beach, in Scarborough. It's a 50's throw-back that's doesn't have a liquor license but makes good, honest, hearty food like your Auntie used to serve on those Sunday visits. Finally, here's that link;

      Aside to "TGB". I still await your reply to my answer & counter questions regards the Ron's Landing posts. :-)

      1. re: Harp00n
        Win Jan 14, 2007 02:41 PM

        The Steakhouse is closed for the season.

        1. re: Win
          Harp00n Jan 14, 2007 03:49 PM

          Oops, thanks for the heads up! On the same subject, is the Kerrymen Pub still in business? I could open their website.

          1. re: Harp00n
            Harp00n Jan 14, 2007 07:35 PM

            That's "couldn't" open their website.

            1. re: Harp00n
              Harp00n Jan 15, 2007 04:08 AM

              Hopefully, LOL, this the last post to myself on this thread! Mike, from Spurwink's returned my email inquiry today as to when, if ever, they'd acquire a license. He assures me that they do, indeed, now have a beer & wine license. They just haven't gotten around to updating their website. Ah, laid back Maine, you gotta love it.

        2. re: Harp00n
          irwin Jan 16, 2007 02:05 PM

          Had Corned Beef and Cabbage last summer at Spurwink and it was truly the worst corned beef I have ever had. I also did not enjoy the 16 year old wait staff who only wanted to talk on their cell phones or boyfriends.
          I will never go back.

          1. re: irwin
            Harp00n Jan 16, 2007 06:57 PM

            Sorry to hear that Irwin but I can truthfully say that I've never had less than a good meal there. Nor has anyone else that I've spoken to....go figure.

          2. re: Harp00n
            humin Jan 18, 2007 04:29 PM


            Spot on regarding the Jewell of India. Could be the best Indian food in the north east? At least the closest to what I've had in the UK.

            Buffleheads is another good suggestion.

            Last time I was there I was really disappointed, but Litchfields in Wells used to be a good spot. It's a meat and potatoes kind of place that is open year round. I would go to Litchfields before the Bull and Claw, even now. B&C has always sucked, IMHO.

            1. re: Harp00n
              MangiaMuse Jun 19, 2007 04:46 PM

              Jewel of India is decent, but I disagree that it is the best Indian in Maine. It is on par with the other Indian places in Maine.

              1. re: MangiaMuse
                Harp00n Jul 14, 2007 11:31 PM

                I just noted your reply, so sorry for my delayed response. "On par with other", would you elaborate a little more please. Because if you know of any as good or better, which I haven't found, I'm sure all the Hounds would like to know about them. TIA

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            Win Jan 15, 2007 10:01 PM

            Is the kerrymen Pub the one on Rt 1 in Biddeford?

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              im hungry Jan 15, 2007 11:20 PM

              the kerryman is on rt 1 we havent been there in years but we did go like 3 yrs in a row like 10 yrs ago it was pretty good new england pub food ,great steamers, great lobster pie etc. is it still open?

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              1. re: im hungry
                Harp00n Jan 16, 2007 12:13 AM

                That would be my description of The Kerrymen, exactly. We used to go there with friends that didn't want to go anywhere else. Well that and the Lucky Logger for an Old School Breakfast, which is/was, good as well.

              2. Infomaniac Jan 16, 2007 01:47 PM

                I can't think of the name, but there used to be a nice restaurant and bakery in Biddeford. It used to be located next to a used goods store. May have been part of a small chain of these places in Maine. They used to have a toy train running around the place, and fresh baked goods for sale inside.

                Does anyone remember the name of this place, and are they still in the area.

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                1. re: Infomaniac
                  irwin Jan 16, 2007 02:07 PM

                  ARE YOU THINKING OF 'GOVERNORS' ?

                  1. re: irwin
                    Infomaniac Jan 16, 2007 02:11 PM

                    YES...thats the name of it.
                    Are they still around?

                    1. re: Infomaniac
                      HDinCentralME Jan 16, 2007 09:14 PM

                      Yes, Governor's is still around with locations (according to their website): So. Portland, Lewiston, Waterville, Old Town, Bangor, Houlton, and Presque Isle. www.governorsrestaurant.com

                      1. re: Infomaniac
                        irwin Jan 16, 2007 11:37 PM

                        Governors----paper plates, fried food, hack wait staff.....
                        Good for breakfast and deserts only

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                    gastrognome Jan 16, 2007 02:16 PM

                    Im not exactly sure where biddeford is , but someone mentioned Ogunquit and I really like Arrows restaraunt, located just out of town in Ogunquit. It ranges from expensive to exorbitant if you let them talk you into a diffrent wine with each course.
                    Its good eats though the best time to eat there is probably in autumn when there garden is in full swing. Make sure to eat some of the local scallops if they are in season.

                    Oh yeah and governors, in my opinion is good for breakfast, and maybe some classic maine desserts,or a clam or shrimp roll, but otherwise is a pretty nasty chain restaraunt.

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                      nixienox Jan 17, 2007 03:33 AM

                      I enjoyed Spurwink Kitchen, not for the fine food, but for the frozen in time ambiance. I can see where a bad meal would put you off. If Kennebunk is not too far afield for you I think the deserts and sandwiches at http://www.cheriesbakery.com/winter/i... are good. Friends have recommended the Wayfarer Restaurant in Cape Porpoise (a Sunday roast sort of place it was described). And last summer I had a very, very good, but expensive meal at Pier 77, also in Cape Porpoise.

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                      1. re: nixienox
                        Harp00n Jan 17, 2007 08:44 PM

                        You're right, Spurwinks isn't Haute cuisine. I described it as "a 50's throwback". But if you read the OP it's certainly a slice above a chain and still has "meat & potatoes". For a guy that can "only" recommend chain restaurants it's a place he'd be comfortable in, I think. :-)

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                        Earle Jan 19, 2007 03:28 PM

                        Im not sure how much driving you want to do but there is a nice place for dinner in Ogunquit called Johnathan's. Its located on Bourne Lane, right next to the Meadowmerer resort on Rt.1 Diversified menu. and not to expensive. Hope this helps.

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                          bewley Jul 15, 2007 05:31 PM

                          Jewel of India in downtown Biddeford has excellent food, the burrito place (Bebe's) around the corner is pretty good as well.

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