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Jan 21, 2008 10:41 AM

Maine Classics

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?

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  1. 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.

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    1. re: Keefer Lucas

      How about White Barn Inn, Newicks, Arrow and Red's for diversity.

      1. re: treb

        Treb, I'd say you have taken it a little high brow...

    2. Helen's in Machias,Wasses Hot Dogs in the mid-coast area, the Airline Cafe on Rte. 1, Jasper's in Ellsworth, the Fisherman's Friend in Stonington and Rapid Ray's in Saco are the ones that come immediately to mind...

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      1. re: mollydingle

        im a sucker for bagaduce lunch,the best onion rings in the world!!!

        1. re: im hungry

          Where is Bagaduce lunch??? I'd go miles for onion rings!

          1. re: jillso

            Bagaduce lunch is in Brooksville, ME, It is only open in the summer. It has a great setting, beside a reversing waterfall, where rt 175 and 176 cross the Bagaduce River.

            1. re: vbmontana

              We ate at the Bagaduce for the first time this summer. We loved it. What a great atmosphere . . . and the onion rings were excellent.

        2. re: mollydingle

          It's been a while, but is Helen's pie still "a mile high"?

        3. I can think of a Maine's first pizzeria that's been around 60 years. I guess I'm not allowed to say the name on here since I'm family so I'll let you guess.

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          1. re: grittys457

            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.

          2. 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.

            1. You get a homemade blueberry muffin with the lobster stew at the Dolphin Marina in Potts Harbor!