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Eats around Damiriscotta, ME

I'll be vacationing in and around Damiriscotta, ME in June. Can anyone recommend any good places to eat? Good seafood is a must, since most of the gang is from inland places and don't get lobsta very often. We know about Red's and Shaw's, and even though the others love Red's lobster rolls there has *got* to be better. And Shaw's... never again. It doesn't have to be fancy, but the food needs to be great.

Any recommendations? Thanks!

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  1. I'll leave the seafood specialty places to others. Good food in the area includes:

    Montsweag Roadhouse (Rte 1 Woolwich). Excellent steaks, ribs, burgers plus fish and lobster.

    Ocean Grill (Rte 1, Edgecomb) Nice relaxing views of Sheepscot River. Upscale varied menu, but especially salads and brunch items.

    If you get out to Boothbay Harbor I recommend 93 Townsend for lunch or dinner. A place for lobster rolls or lobster risotto, Not touristy; where the locals eat (and drink...check out the martini menu).

    For good retail selection of wines plus gourmet deli salads and picnic makings try McKean & Charles in Waldoboro. Better wine selection and prices than elsewhere in area.

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    1. re: HDinCentralME

      Montsweag Roadhouse - yes, we ate there last time. That was one place we had planned on hitting again. Definitely a worthwhile place.

      I'll put the Ocean Grille on the list. We'll be boating the Sheepscot so it will be interesting to sit by it for dinner afterwards.

      Thanks HD!

      1. re: HDinCentralME

        I go through Waldoboro every weekend on my way to Cushing. Where exactly is McKean & Charles??? I'd love to check it out for good eats.

        1. re: shaebones

          McKean & Charles is on Rte 1 just north of the intersection which contains Ralph's Chevrolet, Ahgren's Appliance, and a gas (Irving?) station. South of Moody's Diner.

          Try their homemade hummus.

          1. re: HDinCentralME

            Do you happen to know their hours of operation?

            1. re: shaebones

              Primo is actually in Rockland, on Rte. 73, just a tad short of Owls Head. It is wonderful, but it's currently closed for extensive renovations. Damariscotta River Grille is very good.

      2. Well, truth be told, there is little in the world better than a lobster roll from red's. you can also get great seafood (specifically fried seafood and lobster stew) at the Sea Basket (also on Rt. 1 a bit south of Red's in Wiscasset). fantastic lobster rolls, amazing fried everything, fantastic lobster stew, air conditioned, bathrooms, a step up in terms of amenities from Red's (though the lobster roll at red's still edges out sea basket in terms of the pure delicious perfectly cooked and chilled lobster meat).
        and very close up rt. 1 from damariscotta is MOODY'S DINER- arguably one of the greatest diners in the world. in Waldoboro ME, moody's serves old fashioned perfect diner food from very early in the morning until 11 pm most nights. turkey dinners, perfect breakfasts, some of the best pies i've ever eaten (4 berry is to die for, strawberry rhubarb, chocolate cream pie, blueberry in season, can't be beat), homemade donuts, whoopie pies, even a nice budget ($10) lobster roll (with mayo, but in season very fresh and delicious). moody's is one of the great restaurants of the world. don't miss it. i have a rule in maine- i never allow myself to drive past moody's without stopping in for something- i could have come straight from lobster rolls at red's, but you must go in and get something- grilled cheese w. bacon, a donut, a piece of 4 berry pie to go... seriously...
        also recommended in nearby Rockport is PRIMO. quite upscale, especially for maine, but still casual, fantastic local ingredients made by a great chef, she grows much of her own produce and herbs right at the restaurant. delicious, pricey, very worth it for a special night.
        i've heard the new damariscotta grille right in downtown (If you can call it that- no traffic light- across from the bookstore) is good, though have not tried it. for cheap eats right in town, we really like Paco's Tacos and Paige's Deli. both have simple fresh food prepared by nice young maine teens and have satisfied many a quick lunch fix in downtown damiriscotta. paige's has a great chicken salad with fresh herbs and pacos tacos is perfectly fresh mexican. also right in the downtown is Waltz's Pharmacy, which in addition to being a pharmacy is an old school fountain soda place. it's really nothing THAT special, but for the kids or for a sweet tooth on a cold day it's great for an ice cream soda. and as for ice cream, we prefer Gifford's Maine Way Ice Cream to Round Top- Round Top was the standard back in the day but has gone way downhill imho... Giffords is great if you can fight off the mosquitos...
        but please, do yourselves a favor and go to Moody's. thank me later... enjoy frankbooth

        1. Pemaquid Point Lobster Co-op. It's a little hard to find, but get your Maine Gazetteer out, and ask a local. Lobster travels all of about 50 feet from dock to restaurant. If I had my gazeteer, I'd be more specific, but it's a great spot, trust me.

          (my dad lives in Jefferson, at the top of Lake Damariscotta, and the co-op is a must do every visit)

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          1. re: cheesemonger

            I definitely agree with this. We go to New Harbor every summer and always make time for the Pemaquid Co-op. The view is spectacular--and of course the lobster is, too.

            Another pretty place is in Round Pond out on the Pemaquid peninsula. There is a little lobster place right on the water where you bring your own fixings and enjoy lobster. Also The Anchor Inn (right above the lobster pound) in Round Pond has good food to go with the view--and more variety than "just" lobster.

          2. Jim Leff hit Damariscotta on his chow tour and raved about Damariscotta River Grill
            http://www.chow.com/tour/1734

            Get ya lobsta by day, and for a culinary treat extraordinaire, make a reservation immediately for Primo restaurant. Fresh, local, creative fine dining without any 'tude. If you have a large group of 10 or so, request the private dining room. I like the upstairs bar for a small group of 2-6 -- cozy bistroesque versus formal white tablecloth dining downstairs. On the south side of Rockland. http://primorestaurant.com/home.cfm

            Dip Net restaurant in Port Clyde is very good, with nice view right on the harbor.

            Oh, and your life will be complete and full without a stop at Moody's Diner. Don't go unless you're ravenous while your car is right there. Not remarkable, though good pie.

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            1. re: NYchowcook

              Chowcook, I have to agree with you. My recent breakfast at Moody's did not change my worldview.... I had so looked forward to it, as I love a good diner, but my breakfast there was truly unremarkable. Or I should say, remarkable only in that I was surprised how dull it was. Can't vouch for the pie- I'll certainly go back to try it. But I'd rather spend my grease-calories at Wasses Hot Dogs in Rockland, for a nice karut dog (with local Morse's kraut) and spicy mustard.

              1. re: happybellynh

                no PIE? moody's revolves around pie- pie at breakfast is "de rigeur". please go back and get a slice of 4 berry pie- this should change your worldview... enjoy fb

                1. re: frankbooth

                  Moody's does seem to go on by its reputation and heritage. Breakfast did seem unremarkable fare but I stop there anyway. I did think the four berry pie was one of the more memorable pies I've had. Make a stop at Borealis bakery and get some bread while you're in the neighborhood.

            2. In Damariscotta, we enjoy King Eiders Pub (www.kingeiderspub.com) right in the center of town. Great fresh seafood.

              If your Sheepscot trip takes you up to Wiscasset, you can tie up at the Yacht Club and walk to Le Garage Restaurant. Also good seafood.

              Jerry Saywell
              www.saywells.com

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              1. re: Jerry Saywell

                Is there still a place in Wiscasset called A Taste of Maine? I used to go when I was a kid. pretty sure it was a family place right over the bridge from Bath.

                1. re: chefkev39

                  taste of maine is still there, i believe different owners than back in the day, not great these days. touristy... location location location- rt. 1 is the gateway to moody's and red's and sea basket...

                2. re: Jerry Saywell

                  Le Garage is an especially good choice - very good food, service and view of the Wheepscot. We stopped there several years ago and enjoyed it very much - glad to hear it is still in operation and we'll make it a scheduled stop this summer.