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If you're passing by this mid-coast Maine town, check these places out:

Fat Boy Drive in - old school drive in fast food. Probably the cheapest lobster roll in N.E (about 6$), famous for their whopper burgers and delicious frappes. Every august (I think the first sunday? not too sure) people dress up in poodle skirts and bring pre-70sish cars in. Great atmosphere. Awesome hangover food.

Frontier Cafe - located in Fort Andross, cool cinema/arts/restaurant place. Great view of the Androscoggin river. Cool ales and drinks. Organic salads and sandwiches. They also have these things called "plates" - cheese plates, french plate, italian plate, middle eastern plate - different cheese, figs, hummus etc that relates to the type of plate. Good place to hang out with friends.

Big Top deli - great New York style deli, popular amongst the locals and Bowdoin college students. Lots of different choices, my fave is the Barnum - swiss cheese, thousand island dressing, cole slaw, turkey on pumpernickel.

111 Maine - nice little cafe, only opened for lunch and brunch. Great apple cider during the winter seasons. Good coffee. They also cater.

Scarlet Begonia's - very small restaurant, crowded and busy on weekends. Serves italian food. It's good, but VERY garlicky. They have huge cloves of garlic in many of their dishes. It's BYOB, so people usually bring their own wine. Nice ambience. Their pesto pasta is great!

During the warm seasons, the Brunswick town commons (on Maine street) have a couple of trucks. Usually two hot dog trucks (Danny's is the most famous one) and one that opened about a year ago - Xeno's Greek food, only open on thursday, friday, saturday 11 - 4. DELICIOUS gyros. I get very excited when they open up again. Perfect thing to do on a weekend lunch - grab a gyro, some lemonade and sit out on the commons. One of my favourite things to do.

There are also about 3 or 4 thai restaurants and 2 indian restaurants that aren't very notable.

On the more upscale tone, Henry & Marty's which has been around and a favourite among the locals. Backstreet Bistro is also another option - very delicious, western fusion cusine.

Two other upscale ones opened up in the last few months - Barcari & Clementine, but don't know too much about them. People seem to enjoy them.

Dessert - recently, some new ice cream places have opened up. Hattie's is an organic ice cream shop and Gelato fiasco is also another one (more upscale, but many choices). However, the local's favourite is Cotes ice cream - yum! They give you large portions, so if you want just enough, get the mini.

Something else worth noting - Bowdoin College has great dining food. I know, you don't really ever want to go to a school cafeteria, but they are consistently top 5 for cafeteria in the nation. They always have a big thanksgiving meal the thursday before thanksgiving...students go right when the doors open, you also see a few locals every year too.

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  1. Have tried all of these and agree with your postings....don't forget the Great Impasta however.....

    1. Thanks for the list. I'd definitely add the recently-opened 'Sweet Leaves Teahouse' on Pleasant St., just beyond the post office: lunch features delicious and unique paninis and salads, dinner has equally interesting pizza AND an entree menu--brief, but very delicious. The owners do a lot of great local sourcing for their food, including Hahn's End cheeses, etc. And a nice selection of moderately-priced wines.

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      1. re: mainemal

        sounds great, will have to try on my next visit in August...