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Our family (2 adults 3 kids) will be driving from RI to Bar Harbor. I would appreciate any suggestions for roadside not-to-miss favorites.

Local eateries are great that aren't far off the beaten path, maybe just down a street or two, that'd be great. And definitely cheap eats are appreciated. Pizza, seafood etc. We don't want fancy, just good grub that are local favorites, thanks!

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    1. re: celiareiss

      Plenty of good info right here on Chowhound; no need to send someone elsewhere.

      Quite a few recent threads on this topic. Suggest using search for Maine Roadtrip.

    2. If your route is 95 to Portland, 295 to Gardiner/Augusta, 95 to Bangor, then south to the island, consider getting off 295 in Yarmouth (just north of Portland), head north on Route 1 for a mile or so, you'll see the Yarmouth Marketplace, a strip mall on the left. In it are Bruce's Burrito's and Romeo's Pizza, both good and reasonable (I had lunch at Bruce's today). Continue north for another two or three miles, and there's an access for 295.

      OR, get off at the next exit and again, head north on 1: Lots of choices on this strip between Yarmouth and Freeport: Day's for lobster and crab rolls and fried fish--takeout, with picnic tables; Old World Gourmet at the Big Indian for good sandwiches and really good cookies (had one of those today, too); Royal River Natural Foods for heathful soups and sandwiches; Buck's Naked BBQ.

      Continuing north, just south of Bangor is Dysert's, a truck stop with low prices and big portions.

      1. Hmmm....what time are you leaving Rhode island....so that we can try and figure out whereabouts you'll be aroun d lunch time.

        1. Try Just Barbs in Sandy Point, Searsport, on Rt. 1 n. Once you cross the Trenton Bridge to MDI all cheap eats vanish!

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          1. re: Passadumkeg

            Downhill alert for Just Barb's. Any place with a "for sale" sign on it is enter-at-your-own-risk.

          2. Flo's for hot dogs on Route 1, outside York, in Cape Neddick. there is a branch at the Kittery Trading Post that will have a shorter wait.

            1. My fiance and I live in Providence and vacationed in Acadia back in June. Of course, we had lots of great seafood up there, but one place that really stood out to us was some mexican food that we had in Sullivan (just north of Ellsworth on Hwy 1). The place is called "The Mexican Restaurant" and was authentic and terrific. We went once for breakfast, once for lunch, and once for dinner. :) We enjoyed all three meals. The family that runs the place was so friendly and they truly desired to make sure that we were content and satisfied.

              Interestingly, another one of our favorite meals turned out to be Mexican, again authentic. The place is called The XYZ Restaurant. It is on Mt. Desert Island in Manset, just a bit south of Southwest Harbor. The place is only open in the evenings, Tuesdays-Saturdays, I believe. Again, absolutely amazing food and some of the best margaritas I can recall savoring. :)

              Also, make certain to stop by the Jordan Pond House in Acadia for their famous popovers. This was another culinary highlight of our trip. We actually went twice. Initially, we stopped in for popovers and tea. They serve their heavenly popovers with some of the best strawberry preserves I've ever had. We brought a jar back home with us. We were so impressed with the popovers that we made certain to go back a second time for a late lunch/early dinner. Their lobster bisque complimented the popovers perfectly.

              We love pizza too and had our share during the trip. The best we had was at Finelli's in Ellsworth. Quite yummy!

              Sorry that I don't have any recommendations for the drive up. We were quite excited to get there, so we didn't really stop that much. Our favorite bakery in Portland had already closed for the day when we passed through. Enjoy your trip!

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              1. re: sophiecat

                The owner of The Mexican Restaurant is a friend (I teach her daughter.) and it was the first place my daughter wanted to eat when she got home from Austin for a visit last week. We like XYZ, but is a little expensive for us right now. "Finnelli" (Paul) hunts on our property and is out favorite. We have trouble finding pizza in New Jersey as good.
                North of Ellsworth on Rt. 1 is Ruth & Wimpey's, cheap & funky, Chester Pike's Galley (I wrote a review), where we had crab omelets for break this am, and Tracey's for the cheapest lobster and lobster and crab rolls that I am aware of on the coast of Maine.(I also did a feview.). We are having veautiful weather now.