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omnomnom Aug 25, 2008 05:55 PM

Hi, we are roadtripping from manhattan to Portland for the labor day weekend. It will be our first time there. Do you have must go recommendations for waterfront dining, brunches, lunches, good lobsters, clam bakes, etc.? How about pit stops along the way?
Any budget, cuisine, etc. is welcomed. Thank you very much!

Also, we would really appreciate it if you have any suggestion for foodie gifts for our friends.

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    Mayflour Aug 25, 2008 06:02 PM

    Go to Chauncy Creek in Kittery Maine for lobster. BYO beer, wine or other bevies. Beautiful spot outside on the water's edge. Casual picnic tables. Fun, quite and truly quintessential New England.

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      StevensAve Aug 26, 2008 10:48 AM

      We make the trip once a month from NYC to our house in Portland. It's a five hour drive plus stops so we usually do not stop until we hit Maine. We really like the Clam Shack in Kittery on Rte. 1, just as you cross over the bridge into Maine on I-95. Great Lobster Roll and Fish and Chips. As an alternate, try Barnacle Billy's Shack in Ogunquit (Perkins Cove). NIce place right on the water serving fabulous lobsters Just south of Portland is Two Lights Lobster Shack in Cape Elizabeth with alfresco dining at picnic tables right on the Atlantic Ocean. In Portland our favorite for lunch is J's Oyster downtown which is cheap and tasty. They also have outside dining. Have a good time.

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        mainemal Aug 26, 2008 11:04 AM

        Insofar as foodie gifts go, several establishments along Commercial St. in Portland have interesting (and, of course, pricey) food products: LeRoux Kitchen, and Browne Trading. For a real taste of Maine, look for smoked seafood from Bold Coast Smokehouse in Lubec. Their smoked salmon "kabobs" are remarkable.

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          omnomnom Aug 27, 2008 05:45 PM

          Thank you so much for the recommendations. Two lights looks beautiful, we definitely will stop there to check out the view. We'll try to hit as many places recommended .

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            FriedClamFanatic Aug 27, 2008 05:59 PM

            Chauncey's Creek is original and fun......but bring bug spray after dusk!

            Red's Eats in Wiscasset is a must!

            Flo's hotdogs in York Me (north rte 1) is another institution

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              FriedClamFanatic Aug 27, 2008 06:04 PM

              Oh.....and for gifts................in York ME is the corporate store for Stonewall Kitchens

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