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Lunch recommendation btw Portland & Lewiston Maine

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I'll be in Maine for 1 day next week, between Portland & Lewiston. Looking for recommendations for lunch.

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  1. Cole Farms is about midway, on 202 just north of Gray. It is a big diner/family restaurant that draws the bus tour and senior crowds. www.colefarms.com

    There is a cafe/cafeteria at Pineland Farms (Office Park/Conference Center) in New Gloucester. They have some nice walking/hiking trails on the property if you want to take a break.

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    1. re: HDinCentralME

      Haven't been, but coworkers of mine really like Buck's Naked BBQ on Rte 1 in Yarmouth. Mediterranean Grill in Freeport is good; don't know if it's open for lunch. If Harraseeket Lunch in S. Freeport is open, go there.

      1. re: the_MU

        MU...those are fine recs but not where the OP is geographically. The request was specifically midpoint btween Prtld and L/A which I took to mean off rte 100/202 and Turnpike.

        If the OP is interested there are tons of recs farther East off 295 in Falmouth/Yarmouth/Freeport, etc. but this will be 1 hour+ (roundtrip) out of OP's work area.

        1. re: HDinCentralME

          HD, I commute between Portland and Lewiston every day. Exit 22 (Freeport/Durham) off of 295 is geographically the midpoint of my trip. Anything up that stretch of 295 (Yarmouth, Cumberland, etc) would qualify, though there's not much of anything to recommend between Freeport and Auburn. But you've got to admit that Gray/New Gloucester is pretty much a culinary wasteland as well.

          1. re: the_MU

            Yeah, I wasn't saying that Cole Farms was great food...I was responding to my understanding of the OP's request.

            So if we include Yarmouth and Freeport...there is Clayton's Market for gourmet sandwiches (Rte 1 Yarmouth), Buck's BBQ ( Rte 1,Freeport), Broad Arrow Tavern (inside Harraseeket Inn, Main St, Freeport). And of course LL Bean would say "Don't eat, just shop."

            Harraseeket Lunch is still quite an extra schlep on a weekday lunch hour. If time permits it is a great spot. (I suspect it is not open yet, though.)

    2. In Portland, check out North Star Cafe, David's, O'Naturals, Flatbread or Portland Pie

      In between: check out Clayton's or Bruce's Burritos in Yarmouth

      In Lewiston: head across the bridge to Gritty's in Auburn

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      1. re: AveryYale

        I agree it is much nicer to go from Portland to Lewiston via 136 out of Freeport, and you actually have a chance of finding something decent to eat that way. Clayton's in Yarmouth (Route 1) is terrific--great soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods. I haven't tried Bruce's Burritos yet, but my husband really liked it. Some good places in downtown Freeport on Route 1 for lunch: Azure Cafe (Italian), Broad Arrow (a bit expensive, but a great little buffet for $16) China Rose, and Miyako (Japanese, incl sushi). We tried Pedro O'Hara's a couple of days ago, and found it only o.k.

        1. re: MangiaMuse

          MangiaMuse... Give Pedo O'Hara's another shot- it only opened to the public in the Freeport location April 13th! They have another store in Brunswick you might try too!

      2. The shortest possible answer to this query is to suggest that you stop for lunch either in Portland, or wait until you get to Lewiston. In the time it would take you to get to Cole Farms you could have wiggled your way into the Old Port in Portland, or would practically be at Fish Bones in Lewiston.