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Week in Bath/Brunswick ME area

DH and I have been going to Sebasco Harbor Resort for the last 9 years, and we always visit the same restaurants-
The Fat Boy in Brunswick
Beale Street BBQ
Mae's Cafe
The Great Impasta
Grittys

We're looking for new places to go- but don't want to pull off the road into a disappointment- like Spinneys- BLECH.

Any recommendations?? Anything goes!

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  1. Scarlet Begonia's is a decent casual Italian place in Brunswick near the Bowdoin campus. It's a BYOB place.

    There used to be a place called the Starfish Grill on Pleasant Street in Brunswick (so sad it was closed!). It closed but there was supposed to be a new seafood restaurant opening in its place that looked very good. It wasn't open yet when I was there last year.

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    1. re: sjedel

      Starfish Grill's spot is still empty.

    2. Last night on an impulse we drove from Rockland to Brunswick just to eat again at the wonderful El Camino on Cushing Street--hands down the best Mexican/South American fusion food I've had in Maine. I lived in Arizona for 18 years thus have these cravings. El Camino satisfied. The best cocktails: mojitos and margueritas (cucumber and lime!), great salsa, terrific home-made chorizo and sweet potato tacos. I could go on. What a cool, funky vibe in the place, too. Love the hubcaps on the walls, the red-lit ambience and the music selection.

      1. Want a seafood break?
        Well here it is, the best German fare in N.E.
        Hounds may chyme in with this or that place in the Springfield, Ma area but they don't hold a candle to A Taste of Europe. No equivocations, IMHO, the best.

        Harp

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        A Taste of Europe Restaurant and Old Munich Biergarten
        6 1st St, Topsham, ME 04086

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        1. re: Harp00n

          Harp, could you go into more detail on this place? I've driven by it a million times but it never occurred to me to go there.

        2. I'll second the rec of El Camino. It's our default "I want some nice food" place in Brunswick. Check out Sweet Leaves for hyper-local food, laid back casual vibe, and an actual tea menu. Note that both are closed Sun-Monday. Great Impasta is awful, and Gritty's is only good for the beer and the location at the start of Freeport's commercial strip. I was recently super-disappointed by the Kennebec Tavern in Bath.

          In Freeport, I've enjoyed Mediterranean Grill very much, and several of our visitors have a good time at Cindy's, the roadside stop on Rte 1 in Yarmouth right off of 295 on the way to Freeport. I've heard tell of good soups. Other folks at CH have said nice stuff about Buck's Naked, Broad Arrow Tavern, and Harraseeket Inn, and Azure Cafe, but I haven't been.

          1. In Brunswick: I love Sweet Leaves Tea House, which is far more than tea. Everything is super fresh, super local, and super good. Back Street Bistro is quite good, it's tucked off Maine Street, so a lot of folks don't find it. For finer dining, go to Clementine. Frontier Cafe, on the back side of Fort Andros, is a combo cafe, cinema and art gallery that's order-at-the-counter casual. If you just want a casual lunch, you can't miss with Wild O.A.T.S., in the Tontine Mall, for fabulous soups and sandwiches and salads. Gelato Fiasco is a must for gelato or ice cream.

            In Bath, you might try Solo Bistro. Some folks swear by it. I had a good meal, but was put off by the automatic 18-percent grat., no matter how many in the party. I've yet to have a good meal at Kennebec Tavern. Starlight Cafe is a good place for breakfast or lunch.

            For a splurge, you might jump up a peninsula to Robinhood Free Meetinghouse, in Georgetown.

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            1. re: Mainegal

              "In Bath, you might try Solo Bistro. Some folks swear by it. I had a good meal, but was put off by the automatic 18-percent grat., no matter how many in the party."

              I'm curious about that: would you normally expect to tip on a sliding scale based on the number of people in the party? In which way would it slide, given how much work larger groups can represent?

              The only thing that bothers us about the Solo Bistro 18% is that we normally tip %20.00 and compensating with an extra tip was a pain for some reason: no pre-tip subtotal? I don't remember, but something was difficult.

              1. re: Mainegal

                "In Bath, you might try Solo Bistro. Some folks swear by it. I had a good meal, but was put off by the automatic 18-percent grat., no matter how many in the party."

                I'm curious about that: would you normally expect to tip on a sliding scale based on the number of people in the party? In which way would it slide, given how much work larger groups can represent?

                The only thing that bothers us about the Solo Bistro 18% is that we normally tip more, and compensating with an extra 2% was a pain for some reason (no pre-tip subtotal? I don't remember, but something was difficult.)

                We really like Solo Bistro, but I haven't been there in a year. I miss it.

                At any rate, curious about what you said here.

                1. re: Dual

                  I expect an automatic gratuity on parties of six or more, that's standard in the industry. But not on a party of two, and certainly not in Bath, Maine. Twenty percent is city standard, but it isn't standard outside of Portland's better restaurants. And Solo Bistro is nice, but not fabulous; service is good, but not outstanding. It's not worth 20 percent (former waitress, here; I understand service). Plus, unless I had checked the bill carefully, I would have missed it and added on a grat. It was never mentioned, although I later found it in tiny print on the menu--very easy to overlook.