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Freeport, Maine dining recommendations?

ann in ma Feb 18, 2008 09:35 AM

Will be at a weekend retreat in Freeport, Maine. Lunch and Dinner are "on our own", so I'm looking for a few recommendations. We'll have a car, so am willing to travel about 20 minutes from Freeport for the right place for dinner, would prefer to stay in-town for lunch. Takeout is OK for lunch; for dinner I'm looking for casual, reasonably-priced meals in a comfortable setting -- preferably locally-owned with emphasis on quality ingredients. Also any recommendations for Thai in the area, as my friend and I are both fans of good Thai food. We'll be eating out Thursday, Friday and Saturday, both lunch and dinner, so would love multiple options.

Edited to add: I did a search here, but most of the responses date back to 2005 or earlier, or else were summer postings. We'll be up there in February, so I imagine some seasonal restaurants may be closed.


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    HDinCentralME RE: ann in ma Feb 18, 2008 10:12 AM

    What is your definition of reasonably priced?

    Twenty minute radius gives you lots of options, including Portland's peninsula (Old Port/Downtown) area.

    Going north it would include Brunswick, home of Bowdoin College. In Brunswick I highly recommend El Camino for imaginative Cal-Mex food (yes, locally owned and sourcing local ingredients) in a casual, fun (but not hole-in-the-wall) atmosphere.

    In Freeport itself I like the Broad Arrow Tavern, a casual "pub" atmosphere inside the Harraseeket Inn. A large, varied menu from pizza to steak/lobster.

    The Falmouth Sea Grill offers super-fresh, simply prepared grilled fish and seafood (try the mussels app) in a place right on Caso Bay. Their sister restaurant, Old Port Sea Grill in Portland also has a great raw bar and a bit livelier atmosphere.

    El Camino Restaurant
    15 Cushing St, Brunswick, ME 04011

    Broad Arrow Tavern
    162 Main Street, Freeport, ME

    Falmouth Sea Grill
    215 Foreside Rd, Falmouth, ME 04105

    Old Port Sea Grill & Raw Bar
    93 Commercial St., Portland, ME 02888

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      Jerry Saywell RE: HDinCentralME Feb 18, 2008 12:06 PM

      Second the Broad Arrow Tavern. Very warm and comfortable. The Lobster stew has always been good when we have been there.

      Jerry Saywell

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        ann in ma RE: HDinCentralME Feb 18, 2008 12:07 PM

        thanks ... I guess i should have clarified "reasonable" ... basically, we're not looking for 'Fine Dining' -- $20 - $30 per person without alcohol would be tops, I think, for dinner, $12-$15 for sit-down lunch.

        You've given me some good choices. Thanks.

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          bear RE: HDinCentralME Feb 19, 2008 12:20 PM

          I'd recommend Seagrass Bistro in Yarmouth for dinner. It's an open kitchen, which is fun to watch, and they are very accommodating. You can mix and match just about anything on the menu, and chef/owner Stephanie will tailor dishes to your taste. Entress are under $30, but with apps and dessert it will be higher.

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          Jstrelitz RE: ann in ma Feb 18, 2008 11:58 AM

          I would suggest Morrison's for some hand-held seafood, but be ready to stand

          Or head to Brunswick and get:

          -- A sandwich, soup or treat at Wild Oats www.wildoatsbakery.com/ -- it's only about 15min down Rt. 1 - in the heart of town in the Tontine Mall

          Or something savory from Back Street -- http://www.backstreetbistro.net/

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            ann in ma RE: Jstrelitz Feb 18, 2008 12:08 PM

            Morrison's looks wonderful, especially for a take away lunch. My friend does not like seafood -- is there a sandwich place near Morrison's where she can also get something to take away?


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              HDinCentralME RE: ann in ma Feb 18, 2008 01:17 PM

              The Corsican...sandwiches/salads/soups, etc on same block.

              For lunch in Freeport I would add China Rose, very good (for Maine) chinese. very reasonable lunch specials as well as buffet lunch.

              Morrisons Maine Chowder House
              2 Mechanic St, Freeport, ME 04032

              Corsican Restaurant
              9 Mechanic St, Freeport, ME 04032

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                ann in ma RE: HDinCentralME Feb 18, 2008 03:43 PM

                Perfect, thank you!!

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                  delong99 RE: ann in ma Feb 19, 2008 10:06 AM

                  If you want to go to Morrison's, your friend can go one street over (school st.) to Isabella's Sticky Buns cafe for a sandwich.

                  Or head South down Route 1 a few miles for some Buck's Naked BBQ (open for lunch and dinner).

                  For evening snacks, pick up a loaf of bread at When Pig's Fly,then hit Freeport Cheese & Wine (or is it Wine & Cheese/) for some cheese and a bottle of wine to go with. Yummy.

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            lshields RE: ann in ma Feb 19, 2008 12:29 PM

            I haven't been up there for awhile, but in the past, we have always loved the Freeport Inn's restaurant and there is an awesome place towards the end of the shopping areas off on a side street that had the best lobster stew I have ever had with big chunks of lobster. There have been times we have considered driving up there just for lunch to get the stew. Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of the place.

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              MangiaMuse RE: lshields Feb 21, 2008 04:54 PM

              Freeport Cafe is good for breakfast. The other meals are cheap and decent, but nothing great.

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              mainemal RE: ann in ma Feb 20, 2008 12:09 PM

              Head down Rt. 1 about 3 miles. At the foot of the large statue of an Indian (known locally as the BFI), you'll find Conundrum, a splendid bistro with incredible wine selections and very tasty food. Be careful about weekends, however: very popular and no reservations!

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                Bunnyfood RE: mainemal Feb 20, 2008 12:40 PM

                I'll second Conundrum and Buck's Naked- but PLEASE- avoid the Corisican- at all costs!

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                cajuntoast RE: ann in ma Feb 21, 2008 08:01 AM

                My boyfriend and I were in the area last weekend and had a great meal at Richard's Restaurant in Brunswick, about a 10 minute drive from downtown Freeport. I wrote up some details (also about the rest of my trip) here:

                1. maineprmaven RE: ann in ma Feb 21, 2008 08:47 AM

                  Ann: Broad Arrow Tavern is a definite yes! For lunch they have an incredible buffet with amazing homemade ice cream for dessert. Also try a Cold River Vodka martini. That's the Maine potato vodka made right down Route One in Freeport from the Inn. You can go take a tour. It's at www.coldrivervodka.com. It was just featured in Oprah's magazine. There is also a Thai Restaurant down near the Vodka distillery which is pretty good but not off the charts. I cannot remember the name of it but it is on Route One, about two miles south of LL Bean, near the Subway Restaurant and the health food store
                  (which is also really good.
                  )Nancy in ME

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                    Tipatina RE: maineprmaven Feb 21, 2008 08:57 AM

                    It's Thai Garden. In a little strip mall on the left as you head out of Freeport. Not bad.
                    Cold River Vodka has a reeeealllly distinctive flavor which may not be for everyone. Best bet is to have it in a martini at the Broad Arrow before plunking down $$$$$$ for a bottle - as me how I know.

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                    MangiaMuse RE: ann in ma Feb 21, 2008 04:53 PM

                    I live in Freeport, and there's lots of yummy options. Conundrum (Route 1 near big Indian) for dinner--good food, reasonably priced, wonderful wines by the glass. We love the lunch buffet at Broad Arrow Tavern at the Harraseeket Inn--really good fresh food, excellent service. Dinner is good there, too. Haven't been to the Maine Dining Room at the Harraseeket in a while, but it has been very good in the past. Jacqueline's Tea Room on Route 1 just north of town has a lovely traditional tea, but reservations are necessary. Fantastic tea selection. Miyako for good Japanese, Thai Garden is good,too. I like lunch at Azure Cafe, and much more reasonably priced than dinner there. We're lukewarm about Mediterranean Grill.

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