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Good eats (not lobster) in Midcoast maine?

kathy777 Sep 3, 2007 04:45 PM

Going up the coast later this week from Wiscasset to Blue Hills area, may daytrip to MDI and Bar Harbor. Are there any good lunch, coffeehouse/bakery, deli or takeout places that I should definitely not miss. Two priorities: terrific food and reasonable (even cheap) prices.

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    HDinCentralME RE: kathy777 Sep 3, 2007 07:50 PM

    Treats in Wiscasset for sandwiches/salads at small counter or to-go.

    Borealis Breads in Waldoboro.

    McKean and Charles, Waldoboro, for takeout sandwiches/salads, cheese and wine. (Try the homemade hummus).

    Morse's Sauerkraut (worth the detour) in No. Waldoboro (Rte 220) for dogs, reubens, soups and german entrees in restaurant (limited hours) and kraut, slaw, sausages, deli meats, etc.

    Much farther north...Chase's Daily in Belfast. Breakfast/brunch/lunch with emphasis on local produce. Homemade bread/baked goods.

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      craiggers1 RE: HDinCentralME Sep 27, 2007 12:08 PM

      morse's is so awesome
      all the import stuff in the store that you can't find any where even in boston and it's in the middle of no where
      every time i go in that store i drop a hundred bucks without blinking

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      frankbooth RE: kathy777 Sep 4, 2007 05:32 AM

      Moody's Diner Waldaboro
      Sea Basket in Wiscasset
      Red's Eats in Wiscasset
      Paco's Taco's in Damariscotta
      Paige's Deli in Damariscotta

      Red's and Sea Basket do a lot more than just lobster rolls... enjoy fb

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        hargau RE: frankbooth Sep 4, 2007 06:31 AM

        Decent list but id scratch paco's taco's from it..

        Also there is a good BBQ stand in damariscotta called grillzilla

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        iguanachef RE: kathy777 Sep 4, 2007 06:42 AM

        When wandering through Rockland the Rockland Cafe on the main drag is good solid food and reasonable prices where the locals and tourists eat elbow to elbow. They have real potato fries not processed. Breakfast through dinner is good. Sandwiches, seafood, turkey dinner... it's a constant when in the area.

        Also the Brass Compass makes a nice breakfast.

        The Whales Tooth in linconville is also worth a stop for dinner. they make alot of seasonal specials. If they have the peach blueberry cobbler be sure to order it. Fantastic!

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          feelinpeckish RE: iguanachef Sep 10, 2007 01:49 PM

          Hoping to avoid Labor Day crowds we headed to Maine and some good food not to mention the great scenery. Whales Tooth was on our list as on the last visit earlier in the year we found it closed. This time, our second try, and again we missed and found them closed again. We managed to save the moment by trying Chez Michel across the street and had a wonderful dinner. An unusual "oscar" treatment of haddock was just what the situation called for. I would recommend it without hesitation. Even so our next drive thru Maine will definitely seek to match our timing to fit in with Whales Tooth.

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          hargau RE: kathy777 Sep 4, 2007 06:48 AM

          Also I saw that the Samoset Restaurant in Bristol has reopened with new owners. I have not been but its jam packed every night and the menu sounded promising. The cook has southern roots and does alot of stuff with a cajun/southern edge. HEre is the article

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            dfrostnh RE: hargau Sep 4, 2007 07:17 AM

            Last summer we enjoyed lunch at Just Barb's in Stockton Springs when we were on our way to Ellsworth. It's right on Rt 1, a local, family type place. If you like wine, don't miss the Cellar Door Winery in Lincolnville. Stop for a free tasting to see which one you like best. It's a short drive off of Rt 1, just follow the signs. I loved the farmers market in Brunswick which I think is held on Fridays. Some of the vendors go to other markets on other days of the week. Google for a list of markets or pick up a brochure at a Maine visitors center.

          2. Science Chick RE: kathy777 Sep 6, 2007 02:30 PM

            If I'm not too late, then I suggest Chase's Daily in Belfast. Truly great vegetarian fare (they use their own farm raised organic veggies) with a lovely bakery and farmer's market. Great setting too.

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              aynne35 RE: Science Chick Sep 9, 2007 04:23 PM

              Chase's daily is really good, I agree. I am not even a vegetarian, and I really like it there. Brass Compass in Rockland is the best breakfast/lunch for decent prices and very fresh. Brown Bag is good too, also in Rockland. I think that Rockland Cafe is too greasy spoon, not in the good way either, just yucky.

              I haven't been to Cellar Door in a few years, but when we went it was fun, informative and we had a good time.
              I can't second the recommendation of Whale's Tooth, especially since you asked about terrific food and reasonable priced. it has neither, that's just my opinion, for almost the same amount of money you might as well splurge and have an excellent meal at Francine, chestnut street Camden, or downtown Rockland at Suzuki's for great authentic sushi/japanese fare.
              I hope I wasn't too late, but either way, I'd love to hear your reviews when you have time to post them!

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                SaltPig RE: aynne35 Sep 10, 2007 07:26 AM

                Two other suggestions. In Rockland is Sage Market, which now does a killah Sandwich and soup. Also I'd skip Grillzilla. Good idea but not much on the delivery.

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                  hargau RE: SaltPig Sep 10, 2007 11:59 AM

                  What didnt you like about Grillzilla? I had the Beef Brisket, the pulled pork the potato salad and the beans and thought they were all very tasty. Plus the great garlic bread. Only disapointment was that the sides were very small, but the meat portions were good. It was a good break from seafood

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                    SaltPig RE: hargau Oct 18, 2007 10:56 AM

                    Having lived in SC Low Country for 13 years, you can call me a bit of a BBQ snob. Grillzilla is decent, just not what I would call extraordinary.

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                      hargau RE: SaltPig Oct 18, 2007 11:37 AM

                      I have travelled the south and agree but is there anyplace in the northeast that is extraordinary? I would say its as good or better then anything we have up here.

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                        SaltPig RE: hargau Oct 18, 2007 11:46 AM

                        I will concede that point!

                        Happy Eating!

            2. Passadumkeg RE: kathy777 Sep 27, 2007 03:39 PM

              Blue Hill: World Soup for pho or Marlintini's for pub fair.

              check the BH sites, but I eat at the thirsty Whale for good cheap pub food.
              Lunch at Cleonese on Main in Ellsworth is a treat, as well as Finilli's on rt 1 n for pizza & Italian

              1. rubysdad RE: kathy777 Oct 18, 2007 04:03 PM

                If the rooftop bar at Boathouse Bistro in Boothbay Harbor is still open, that's worth a lunch. During Summer, it's one of the most pleasant places on the East Coast to have a beer (great selection of local brews), eat calamari, watch the people on the street and the boats in the harbor.

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                  harry_sparrow RE: rubysdad Oct 18, 2007 05:53 PM

                  We were in Boothbay in August, and Boathouse Bistro was closed. We used to like their rooftop dining, but when seated, the railing obscured the harbor view. Also, last year we stopped there, and it was dead. We had a waiter who whined about spending the summer in Boothbay Harbor instead of Cape Cod. Maybe the Cape is good for waiters, but the drive/traffic stinks. Also, the same moron told us that Boathouse Bistro's cook didn't care!

                  Now for the good news - the Boathouse Bistro owners now own McSeagulls, formerly not that great. Last summer we had excellent food there, and they have deck dining on the harbor.


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                  harry_sparrow RE: kathy777 Oct 18, 2007 06:00 PM

                  Just in case you it's not obvious, "Treat's" is the name of a really cool store in Wiscasset that sells not only sandwiches, but unusual food items, and has a good beer and wine selection.

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                    jackie10579 RE: kathy777 Mar 29, 2009 09:25 AM

                    Paige's Deli in Damariscotta is one of the best sandwiches I have ever had, if not THE best. They use Boars head meats and the bread is the hard crusty type that I loooooove. I think they have changed the name back to Zecchinos though...
                    Rozarios Breads in New Harbor makes some gooooooood bread, you can get it in Damriscotta at Yellowfront or go down and get it right from the shop and get a sandwich.
                    Moody's in Waldoboro is so over-rated!! And usually the waitresses are all old and crabby.
                    Someone said to scratch Pacos Tacos, I think Pacos is great!
                    If youre in the Augusta/Gardiner area, Bagel Maineia makes some GREAT sandwiches and bagels...
                    And if youre up toward Winslow, Big-Gs is the BEST ever. The largest sandwiches I have ever seen in my life...approx 6x6 and a good 4 inches thick at least depending on what you get....the other day we got one that was so big you couldnt bite it from top to bottom!! Also very cheap for a whole sandwich its around $8, and there is no way one person could eat a whole all at once unless they have the stomach of a large animal.

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                      Mainecuisine RE: kathy777 Mar 29, 2009 10:56 AM

                      Rockland/Camden Area I would suggest Boyton McKay in Camden, if there is a line it is worth the wait. Also, there is a new breakfast place called Home Kitchen Cafe on Main st pass the DD in Rockland. Very reasonably priced, fresh food. Sadly, Sage in Rockland has closed but the one in Camden is still open.

                      1. jspear RE: kathy777 Mar 30, 2009 06:52 AM

                        Since this post is almost 2 years old, I guess that there is not critical need to be current ;) I really like LeGarage in Wiscasset for a nice menu and view, although not as cool since they took out the schooners. I also like Mae's Cafe in Bath for baked goods and breakfast, although don't go if you are in a hurry. Kennebec tavern on the water in bath has good pub food. Lastly, Back St Bistro in Brunswick as been our new favorite but we still do the Great Impasta once in awhile for a change.....

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                          brucekc RE: kathy777 Mar 30, 2009 07:22 AM

                          Bagduce Lunch in Brooksville Me. I second Marlintini in Blue Hill!

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