First time in Maine - where's the food???
Am heading up to Maine after Labor Day and need dining recommendations.
Will be stopping in the Ogunquit/Kittery area for a quick lunch and need recommendaions.
Am willing to drive a few miles away from the I-95 for an outstanding place, but nothing too far, as I need to jump back on and get to Moosehead lake by end of the afternoon.
Also, any must eat places in Greenville (Moosehead lake)? I get the feeling this is a very small town so dining options might be limited and am worried that places will close at the end of August.
Same for Bar Harbor - I read previous postings for MDI and wasn't sure if restaurants like Havana and cafe bluefish are still be open after Labor Day?
My husband and I love eating well and we figure that hiking all day will give us the perfect excuse to explore some great Maine dining establishments.
Make sure to stop in Portland (even if it's just for lunch) on your way between Kittery and points north. The seaside city has the state's largest concentration of restaurants -- everything from street vendors to exquisite fine dining establishments. Along the water on Commercial Street there are a number of seafood places (Portland Sea Grill, Portland Lobster Co., Crab Louie) and a great pizza place, Flatbread. The Old Port offers up an ecclectic mix including Natasha's and Walter's. The Middle Street/India Street area has a concentration of restaurants (BBQ to fine-dining at Hugo's to sushi to the one-of-a-kind Duckfat) along with a great food bookstore Rabelais. The Arts District has Five Fifty-Five, White Heart, David's and many others. In the West End, check out the new Local 188, Uffa, the new Bonobo or Miyake. Over on the East End, you can't go wrong at Blue Spoon, Front Room or Bar Lola.
Take Route 1 from Portsmouth, instead of I-95, and explore Kittery's foodie mile -- Beach Pea Baking for fab sandwiches and soups; across the way is Terracotta Pasta, with delicious sandwiches, pizzas, and prepared foods; in Kittery, just off the square, is Cacao Chocolates (to die for); and between there and Rte. 1 is Enoteca Italiana, with a wonderful selection of cured meats and cheese, breads, etc. for picnic fixings. If you need fruit or vegies to fill it out, Golden Harvest is next to Beach Pea.
GREENVILLE: Rod n Reel is always reliable. Stress-free Moose is casual with pubish fare. A CIA-trained chef operates Little Leaf Cafe in Greenville Jct.--open for breakfast, lunch and sometimes dinner (Sat. nights, I think). Ultra casual joint, but the food is wonderful, creative, and fresh. Fanciest and proven best dining is at Blair Hill Inn, but it's only open weekends -- fixed price and worth every penny; views are stupendous of the lake. There's new ownership at the Lodge. The starter chef, if he's still there, is excellent. He's a Walter's in Portland alumnus. The lodge has both a pub and a fine dining room, and great views.
BAR HARBOR--almost everything remains open until Columbus Day. Burning Tree usualy closes early, but that's about it. Get over to Southwest for Red Sky and XYZ.
Thanks guys. I'll definitely check out the suggestions for Kittery and Wells and see which menus appeal. Thanks mainegal for the 3 options in Greenville - they all sound good - and if I bring a fancy outfit, I'll check out Blair Hill inn. I've seen their website so hope the food is as good. I will also make it a point to checkout the Southwest area in MDI.
There is a couple of places in the Wells area that might suit your purposes. I believe if you get off of the Maine Pike at the Rt.9 exit and head east toward Wells ,which is only about a mile to a mile and a half. to the center on wells.You will come to Rt.1 There are a couple of places on rt 1 turning left at the light. There is a place called Lords Harborside and I will send you the site with most of the places to eat in that area, and then you can get back on to the Tpke, when you are done. http://dinesite.com/city/city-4640/?&t=3905215 Hope this works for you. I found the web site for Lords which I am attaching http://www.lordsharborside.com/