Bethel, ME-kids and college students
Any thoughts on where to eat in Bethel/Sunday River? Am headed there in a couple of weeks as the faculty chaperone of a college ski trip. I'm taking my 8 year old, so I'm not terribly interested in find dining, but I would like someplace with a good bar and good food. I'm not much of a Budweiser and burger guy, unless the burger is amazing. I hear the local Chinese/ Korean place is good. Anyplace with a good beer selection?
Also, is there anyplace that has reliable cheap eats for my students? I suspect most are under 21.
--Matterhorn: on the access road, good pizzas and pastas, retro interior with lots of skiing and climbing artifacts. Family friendly early in evening, then rock shows at night. Semi-cheap eats.
--Phoenix House/Well: at South Ridge, Sunday River, casual pub-bordering-on-bistro downstairs, fancier fare/fine dining upstairs, but you can order from either menu in either location. Hint: Avoid the crowds in the on-mountain restaurants by walking across the parking lot to The Well for lunch.
--Cho Sun: downtown Bethel, excellent Korean and Japanese fare, a bit pricey, but worth it for the food and the atmosphere, it's decorated with Asian antiques.
--Sudbury Inn/Sud's Pub: downtown Bethel,Upstairs fine dining, perhaps the best in town; downstairs, great pub with entertainment, a ski town classic.
--Sunday River Brewpub: base of access road, go for the brew, you'll find far better chow elsewhere.
--Main Line Restaurant: near intown, on Route 2, inexpensive food, family friendly, very popular for breakfasts. CHEAP EATS
--Victoria Inn: downtown Bethel, hearing good things under its new ownership
--There's also a good Italian place in town, but I can't think of the name.
--If there are any vegans in your group, send them to Eden, on the edge of town.
--Cafe DiCocoa, downtown Bethel, great casual coffee shop with sandwiches, pastries, breakfast sandwiches, and to-go dinners. Also has a dinner spot, open Saturday nights (but not all) and serving International dinners.
--The Good Food Store and Graceland/Barbecue Bob's, edge of downtown heading east on Route 2 toward Sunday River, Good Food is a natural foods store with to-go sandwiches, soups, prepared foods, etc.; adjacent to it is a damn good barbecue joint with take-out only, but if the weather's good, grab a picnic table.
--Shipyard Brewhouse: Sunday River, Whitecap Lodge, brewpub fare serving Shipyard brews.
--Gringo Harry's: Sunday River, Mexican restaurant in Fall Line condos, not bad for Maine Mexicanish fare.