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I am too Portland-centric! help!?

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I need to leave the peninsula.

Everytime my parents come to town, I take them to the same places. They are starting to complain. So far, their faves have been Fore St and Front Room. Any recommendations for a really good restaurant outside of Portland -maybe 30 minutes in any direction? I was looking at Arrows and the White Barn Inn, but these seem REALLY expensive. Fore St level prices would be OK...but no mortgage threatening commitments. Also..I need a place open on Mondays....

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  1. How about Grissini in Kennebunk? Same owners as Arrows but less expensive. I can't say that I"ve been but I really want to this summer.

    http://www.restaurantgrissini.com/

    I live on the peninsula too so I understand your pain. My problem is that we have 150 places I can walk to but I only eat at like three of them. I hope one of yours in Henry VIII's in monument square. I really like The Front Room and 555 too.

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    1. re: grittys457

      Grissini's is a good choice. I must clarify that Grissini's is same ownership as White Barn; it is MC Perkins in Perkins Cove that is same ownership (and more casual dining) as Arrows.

      I've been trying to think of what's notable to the North within your 30 miniute radius. Consider A-1 Diner in Gardiner. "Gourmet Comfort food" in an authentic diner from 1946.

      In Brunswick is Henry and Martys...tiny upscale joint; A bit farther up the coast is Robinhood Meeting House in Georgetown for fresh and inventive food; Montsweag Roadhouse in Woolwich for excellent steaks and lobsters.

      1. re: grittys457

        I know what you mean! Judging by my foot traffic, you would think that Congress St. is the only Street in Portland. I get so sick of it. When I lived on the West end, I was a slave to the Norm's Empire, but when I moved to the Back Bay I started cooking almost every night. I am a block from Whole Foods, so now I have a new evil emperor. I am there every day!

        As far as Henry VIII goes...Because I am actually a Tudor history specialist, I am too embarrassed to go in there; people will think I am a totallly obsessive freak! They used to have a beef stew on the menu that was really good, but somewhere along the line it disappeared.

      2. My Recs

        Solo Bistro in Bath is awesome. Similar prices to Fore st. but completely different atmosphere Sit downstairs at the bar for the best service.

        Back street Bistro in Brunswick is also really good

        1. MC Perkins Cove in Ogunquit is very nice- excellent food and a fabulous view- right on the ocean. Or, try Hurricane in Kennebunkport- their baked stuffed lobster is fabulous.

          1. Had an excellent lunch at the Falmouth Sea Grill last summer. Good food and wine, good service, outlook.