Looking to start a discussion about traditional Maine eateries -- places that have been around for more than 25 years and just say "Maine." Substance isn't as important as stamina and local draw. My short list includes: Moodys, Dysarts, Cole Farms, Red's, Dimillos and Estes. What am I missing?
I suppose it depends how deeply you want to dig, and what you tolerance level is for the term classic, but I'll add three - the Ebb Tide in Boothbay Harbor, the Lakeview Restaurant in St. Agatha, and the Blue Bird Ranch in Machias.
I'll say it now, and I'll say it emphatically - do NOT pass through St. Agatha without stopping at the Lakeview and getting the bread pudding.
I'm not sure if this is it, but Pat's Pizza has been around forever. I still remember scrounging to come up with $2.56 for a green pepper pizza back when I was in college. I ate at one a couple of years ago, the first time in about 15 years. Was still as good as ever!
Not sure what you were looking for in terms of restaurants, but for me this gives me fond memories and the food was great.
Another one, Mike's Clam Shack, not sure if it meets your 25 years criteria, though.
Flo's Steamed Hot Dogs. I like 'em with mustard and hot sauce. Sorry, purists, but I just can't get past the idea of mayo on my hot dog.
Wasses hot dogs are good, too. Just had two today on my way through Belfast.
Red's Eats for the best lobster rolls ever.
Amato's for a "real" Italian sandwich. I don't know how "real" it is -- but it's pretty darn good.
You get a homemade blueberry muffin with the lobster stew at the Dolphin Marina in Potts Harbor!