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Coastal Maine restaurant - slightly hidden

Robinhood Free Meeting House Restaurant!
Georgetown Maine
I just went to an astounding gem of a restaurant tucked in a quiet spot in Georgetown Maine. It is about 5 1/2 miles down the peninsula right after going over the Bath Bridge toward Woolwich (northbound on Rte 1). It is only a 45 min drive from Portland.
IMHO this is as good as any 5 star rated restaurant, I am hard to please - but incredibly happy when I find food that is = to or better than what I can cook. I cannot imagine anyone being disappointed in making the effort to dine here. THe staff and chef (Troy Mains) welcomed us. We had no reservations having intended to eat lobster on the dock at five islands only to find it closed for the evening (it was blustery and cold) and were dressed for beachcombing - - we were made to feel very comfortable. The food, starting with excellent flaky biscuits and herb butter is all so perfect and delicious that each course tops the last. My sweet potato gnocchi in a maple butter thyme sauce were light and not too sweet. My main course was halibut with fennel sauce. It was perfectly cooked, the sauce complementing but not overpowering. My dining companion had a beautiful salad with a special bleu cheese and walnuts. A lovely pink grapefruit ice was presented before our dinners. My friend had crab cakes that were excellent- mostly crab, accompanied by a spicy asian type sauce and a salsa. My dessert (ordered ahead), was a warm chocolate mousse cake with an orange ice cream. Sooo good. Dark bitter chocolate cake with a creamy warm center, 3 huge raspberries in small pools of dark chocolate and then to the side this amazing aromatic orange ice cream sitting on a bed of finely chopped nuts. What a wonderful meal we had! Their website is: http://www.robinhood-meetinghouse.com/

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  1. I'd hope it was good considering the average entree is between $26-$28. Ouch!

    1. Thanks so much for the report. I've been meaning to check this place out for years, and have always heard great things about it. Glad to hear they're all true.

      1. Thank you so much for taking the time to write your opinion. I have never eaten there, but will make it a point to go there very soon. It sounds wonderful, inviting, and something not to miss. I understand that Shaws and Hannaford are now carrying their biscuits in the frozen food case. Thank you again. Irwin

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        1. re: irwin

          Hi irwin,
          I'm really surprised that you haven't been to The Robinhood as of yet. Michael Gagne created this wonderful destination dining spot over 10 years ago, His hand is on every detail, nothing is beyond his gaze. Yes it's upscale, read; expensive for the area, but the food and service are the equal, IMO, of anything offered In Portland or Boston. Just because a resto charges $26-$28 per entree it's certainly no guarantee that you'll have a transcendant experience. You will here. So make your reservations and make them soon!
          Harp00n

          1. re: Harp00n

            I ate there 2 years ago and had an absolutely delightful experience. Hit that one night and a lobster pound the next and you will have both poles of the dining world covered with pleasure.

            1. re: Harp00n

              Harp00n:
              Thank you. I am excited to go and try. Large upscale restaurants need to charge over $25 for entree's, or they can't make it. Most people don't understand this, and wonder why so many restaurants don't make it. So, when I find a well run restaurant with wonderful quality food, experienced waitstaff, and the owner has his hand on every detail, I get excited. Look at Arrows. I don't think they have any entree's for less then $30. Thanks again, and will grab my wife and give it a try, now that we are back in Maine for the summer.
              Irwin

              1. re: irwin

                hi irwin,
                There isn't a rec that I'm more confident of than The Robinhood and you're welcome.
                Harp00n

                btw, make sure you leave some room for their addictive biscuits.

          2. We used to stay at Gray Havens every year for 10 years before they changed ownership and we *love* Robinhood Free Meeting House. Their clam chowder is still my all time favorite.

            I hope you eventually made it to five islands. We never go up there with atleast 2 meals on the dock.

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            1. re: gltsoi

              Hi gltsoi,
              Have you ever been to Lisa's Lobster House & Grille? It literally, right around the cove from Five Island's. You go down a bumpy dirt two-track which suddenly opens up to a picture postcard vista. The shack is perched on a rocky cliff overlook. If you need directions ask a local 'cause they've all been there. The food and prices are excellent
              Harp00n

              1. re: Harp00n

                Lisa's was not there last year.

                1. re: Wineack

                  Admittedly, I was there several times in 2005 and many times prior to that but not last year. Lisa took it over from another woman a few years ago, whose name escapes me at the moment. I was concerned that the quality would go down but it didn't. So there's nothing operating there now? If so, that's too bad. It's a beautiful spot. :-(

                  1. re: Wineack

                    There was a place called Mama Dee's on a long road to the left before getting to five islands but it was closed last year and my friend I visit there said still closed this year. It was the one and only place I tried deep fried lobster and it was delicious, lightly battered and crispy:)

                    1. re: ElsieB

                      Thank you for the info and your wonderful OP!

              2. Close by at Robinhood Marina, used to be a fine restaurant, The Osprey. Is it still there and is it still good?
                HarpOOnster, you live in Mass.(my wife is from Framingham many eons ago) but know Maine mid coast dining so intimately, with spot on appraisal; how is that?
                Mark

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                1. re: Passadumkeg

                  Hi Mark,
                  I haven't been to The Osprey in several years. Well let me amend that, I always drive down to the Cove and GO BY The Osprey whenever we're dining at the RFMH We did that as recently as two weekends ago, lol! But I've heard mixed reviews over the last couple of years. They were, supposedly, up-grading the menu recently. If you're curious, try the deck of their Rigg's Tavern and check-out the Pub menu. That way, you can order a couple of brewski's, or vino's, with apps if nothing else jumps out at you. It is a nice setting. BTW, Mike Gagne of RFMH was involved in setting this place up when it had it's, initially. well deserved reputation.
                  Gene

                  BTW, South Harpswell, Mark, Stover's Cove, South Harpwell every year of my life since I was 6 months old. That is, except during 'Nam when I was a SAC-trained killer in the USAF. I would say that I've more than a passing knowledge of the Mid-Coast. But I learn as much as I give from Hounds such as yourself. :-))

                  1. re: Harp00n

                    Definitely a yes on Robinhood Meeting House, i'd say, but when we went to the Osprey a few years ago it was a fair- to -middling take on the "great location, decent enough food" kind of mid-coastal place.

                    1. re: Harp00n

                      Good God Almighty! I was a Navy Corpsman in Nam w/ the 5A Marines 3 clicks under the 17th.until Tet '68. My wife has the Maine roots in Cherryfield. Do you ever go to the North Atlantic Blues Festival?
                      Operatiuon Searchlight? Watched and felt the 52's first hand. HELL ON EARTH.

                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                        I noticed in your profile a Seven Hills listed as a favorite resto. Have you ever been to The Seven Hills Restaurant in Nashua, N.H. It's the real deal and getting rave reviews.
                        Here's the link; http://www.sevenhillsrestaurant.net

                        Yeh, when asked I always say Vietnam-era vet. Flying out of Guam & Thailand over The Nam in a Big Heavy was no way comparable to the slogging you guys were doing. Of course once, over Haiphong, sitting in the tail of a 52-D watching a telephone-size Sam missile come-up through our vapor trail was kinda interesting. Where were the Depends when you needed 'em?

                        I love the blues, just saw both Geoff Muldaur and Buddy Guy within the last few weeks. I've never been to the NABF, probably because my trusty big-boy Airedale, Boru, is with me constantly in Maine. Let me tell you, getting him into the big Loon kayak is a trip unto itself.

                        1. re: Harp00n

                          I used to have a black lab who loved boats and water. The only trouble was transfering her from the dinghy to the high decked sail boat. She even rescued a case of Beck's floating out to sea on my birthday(tomorrow!) and killed a poisonous snake in our yard in Bolivia. We used to live and teach on North Haven Island, ran a B&B in the summer(I did the cooking.). Rosie would accompany our young sons everywhere and swim with me in the ocean. It was during this period that we got to know the mid-coast well. We have good friends we used to teach w/ in Norway w/ a camp in Union where we stay during the blues festival.
                          Thanks for the tip on the 7 Hills, with our youngest going to school in Northhampton it shal be visited.I'm also looking forward to an authentic New Mexican restaurant in S. Hadley and a Polish one in Gill.
                          I work as a sea kayak guide now and will be on the water from 10 this morning until 8 tonight, looks like it will be a beautiful day.
                          What is/was your profession; you write like a lawyer!
                          If ever in Ellsworth, don't miss Cleonise, on Main St.
                          Ciao(Chow?),
                          Mark
                          Oh yes, I do a Latin music radio show every Sat. morning from 11-1, give it a listen at www.weru.org.

                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                            I think you've got too much time on your hands Mark. You need a few more avocations. "you write like a lawyer", Geez, I comes across as that pompous, eh? Of course, there's lots of people who've told me that I SHOULD have been a lawyer or a politician. Man of Steel, that what you can call me. I've been selling it for thirty years.

                            Understand, Skip's Roadside Diner in Gill is just a lunch cart with a few picnic tables but the Pierogis & the Kielbasa sangs are good! Here's a local Greenfield area dining guide that you can click thru to see Skip's menu; http://www.recorder.com/Menu_Guide.cfm

                            I haven't been there myself, so let us Hounds know what you think of Autentica in S, Hadley. Here's that link, if you haven't already seen it: http://www.autenticamexican.com/

                            Finally, since you're in the area and you must love good 'Que you gotta check out some of the best in N.E. at Holy Smokes BBQ & Whole Hog House in West Hatfield. Check it out here:
                            http://www.holysmokesbbq.com/

                            Btw, you may hear people praise Bub's BBQ in Sunderland. Don't bother, it can't hold a candle to Holy Smokes, period!

                            1. re: Harp00n

                              Just BBQ'd a pork roast and ribs on Sat. I kayak all week from 10-8 and by the time I get home it's nine. I cook and leave good chow for the family. I got a BBQ sandwich in my radio bag to eat on Rum Key or the Hop while kayaking.
                              Poonster, it just dawned on me. Maybe you were one of the beautiful fly boys in blue that laid these awesome carpet patterns around us in Nam. I was out of my mind in country from 5/67-2/26/68, then nice clean white sheets and sexy nurses in Japan. I met the Navy F-4 pilot that dropped the 500's on our head as we were being over run last summer on a kayak trip. What a trip.
                              During the winters I work on old vehicles. Rebuilt a '69 BSA Firebird Scrambler, 650cc twin and am in the final stages of a '67 VW camper for our chow hound visits to our son in Northampton. What we save on motels we can spend on great grub. Thanks for the tips. We just got a new BBQ shack, Moe's, down the road this month!

                              1. re: Passadumkeg

                                Hey Passadumkeg -
                                My wife and I live in Brewer, ME but we have a camp near Ellsworth. We drove past the Union River marina earlier today and noticed the homemade sign for Moe's BBQ. We were hungry and thought, "let's check this out".
                                Let me just say this: Moe knows BBQ. We had the pulled pork BBQ sandwich and a half rack of ribs. Oh lordy. Meat was very moist and tender, and the BBQ sauce was excellent. We're going back to Moe's in the very near future, and I'm already telling my friends about Moe. His menu is limited to just five or six things and that works for me. Do a few things, and do them well. So far, so good. Although the marina isn't exactly the best place for a picnic lunch. No trees, no shade. What we did was take Moe's BBQ just up around the bend to the picnic area near the Rooster Bros. parking lot! There are picnic tables near the river there with nice shady trees. Visit Moe's, go to the picnic area near Rooster Bros. on the Union River, and thank me later.
                                Best,
                                Mike

                                1. re: mainemike

                                  Yes, yum! I live on Bayside Rd. and pass it on the way into town. A great addition to Ellsworth. Have you ever been to the Tidal Falls lobster pound in Hancock? Finnilli's Pizza?

                  2. We've eaten there a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. I fine dining experience to be sure. Can't believe the size of the menu. Glad to hear Michael Gagne is still at the helm.