Best ice cream in Maine
Bar none, the best ice cream in Maine can be found at Tubby's on Rte 133 in Wayne. Variety of interesting flavors along with the classics.
Everything is homemade with premium ingredients, including the to-die-for hot fudge. They even have a lactose-free selection (quality doesn't quite match the rest, but it's wonderful to have an option for Lactose-intolerant spouses.)
They also have footlong chili dogs and lobster rolls (only surpassed in my experience by Red's Eats in Wiscasset.) It's located near the bridge between Pocasset and Androscoggin Lakes, so there's a very pretty spot with picnic table for sitting and enjoying your food. There's also a dock and spot for public swimming. We often take friends for a summer swim and lunch.
Take it from a Mainer. I know what's good.
Well, since it's all about taste, I can't say, "you're wrong." But I've had Tubby's, and for all the characteristics you identify as important, I'd put Ben & Bill's, Bar Harbor, a notch above. And I'm sure there will be other Maineahs only too eager to suggest theirs.
Fortunately, choice is good, and it's not hard to travel throughout the state and find high quality ice cream.
Well, I don't think you can say "bar none" until you've tried all 30 flavors at all 30 homemade ice-cream stands in Maine. But there's one thing we can all agree on..........IT'S ICE CREAM TIME AGAIN IN NEW ENGLAND, BABY !!!!!!
I would have to recommend Dorman's in Rockland and Tubby's in Wayne. Luckily I live in Rockland and have family in the Lewiston/Auburn area. Cote's in Lewiston/Auburn was the place to go when I was young, their Black Raspberry or Butter Pecan were legendary according to my grandparents (who have long since passed).
I vaguely remember going to Cote's in Lewiston (or Auburn) and getting a cone. Walking away from the counter with my cone, the ice cream completely falls off my cone, While upset (and my sister laughing at me) the girl at the counter rushes out and tells me that she'll get me another cone and not to worry about it.
These are the memories that stay. While I am closer in location to Dorman's and Tubby's now, Cote's will always have a place in my heart.
I live not far from Wayne so we will be sure to try Tubby's this summer. We eat a lot of Gifford's ice cream. I did try a place summer before last that I want to get back to again and it is called Classic Custard. It is on US 1 in Freeport. They make all their own ice creams and they are wonderful. I especially want to have the fresh ginger flavor again. It was incredible.
Toots in North Yarmouth is on a farm with a dairy herd and lots of other animals that kids will like. The ice cream store is in an old train car which is why it's called Toots. I moved from Boston area which has a huge selection of ice cream places and Toots can give all of them a run for their money.
A relatively newcomer (2 yrs old) is Mount Desert Ice Cream in Bar Harbor. Creative flavors as well as the usual. I particularly like the sorbets...cucumber lime, tarragon grapefruit, basil blueberry and cabernet.