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rmgrenley Sep 8, 2008 08:56 PM

We are traveling to Maine on Sept 21 to look at some colleges, and I would love to take my daughter out to a delicious lobster dinner.
We are flying into Portland airport but not getting in until about 8pm, and then driving up to Brunswick to stay overnight and visit Bowdoin the next day, then leaving Maine.
We could stop and eat anywhere from Portland airport area up to and around Brunswick or outskirts), but it can't be a place that closes at 8 or 9 pm as we probably wouldn't make it in time.
We are not looking for a picnic table/eat-in-your-car shack for lobster rolls...we would like a nicer place for a sit down dinner of lobster, chowder, seafood, etc. Doesn't have to be fancy if it is delicious.
Anybody have any suggestions?
Thank you,
Robert

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    rmgrenley Sep 16, 2008 08:05 PM

    I also heard a recommendation for Cook's Lobster House on Bailey Island. Only drawback is they close at 9pm so we would have to get in to Portland Airport at 7:40, and make it there in time...well, I guess that is cutting it too close.
    Taverns won't work if they are in fact real taverns and minors are not allowed...my daughter is 17.
    Any other recommendations? At this point, I think eating near Portland is probably my best bet as places don't seem to stay open late enough to let us get up closer to Brunswick. So far, it looks like DiMillo's and I just have to hope that, despite it being a bit of a tourist location, the food is good. I would hate it if it was mediocre.
    Thanks,
    Robert

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      Mainegal Sep 17, 2008 05:40 AM

      The Broad Arrow Tavern is a full restaurant. Decor is LL Bean meets the North Woods, done with taste. It's part of the Harraseeket Inn, dead off the second Freeport exit heading north. Check the inn's website, and you'll likely find the full menu. I've dined well into the evening, so it shouldn't be a problem. I'd skip Cook's, too long a drive in the dark. I'd opt for the Broad Arrow over DiMillo's. You might also check out Old Port Sea Grill, on Commercial Street in the Old Port; not sure how late that one stays open, but it's a good choice for seafood.

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        cree51 Sep 17, 2008 09:32 AM

        Broad Arrow is great and serves everyone -- it's called the Tavern as it's more casual (as opposed to the more formal restaurant at the Inn, the Maine Dining Room). It's got a wood fired grill oven and everything they serve there is 100% organic or naturally raised and they buy local first. The food is always fresh and tasty. I was there a few weeks ago and had the lobster and steamed clams and they were mouth watering.

        The Inn is only about 15 to 20 minutes from the airport (and about 10 minutes from Bowdoin) so it's really not too far away. By the time you get into downtown Portland you could be almost there as it's a straight shot up 295 and then Route 1

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          ejohnson Sep 18, 2008 06:42 PM

          I would actually try Street and Co. on wharf st in Portland. I am almost positive they are open on Sundays and should be open late enough. They may not have a traditional boiled lobster, but they have some of the best seafood in Southern Maine. The ambience and service are also fantastic. While it is a touch fancier than Dimillo's the prices will not be that much more.

          I would give them a shout and see if they could accommodate you.

          775-0887

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        rmgrenley Sep 10, 2008 09:53 PM

        Thank you all for the recommendations.
        I was also told by 2 people independently about Demillo's on some converted ferry on the water in Portland (which means we can get there earlier right after we land). They are open on Sunday until 10pm. Is this restaurant any good? Has anyone eaten there?
        Robert

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          HDinCentralME Sep 11, 2008 03:23 AM

          Dimillo's has a rep as a "tourist trap" but has gotten a few good reviews lately. For a "basic" boiled lobster you should be OK.

          www.dimillos.com

          1. re: HDinCentralME
            jspear Sep 12, 2008 09:33 AM

            I would concur with above, I think they are a tourist trap but would be an interesting place to eat a basic meal....

        2. jspear Sep 9, 2008 06:24 PM

          How about the Kennebec Tavern in Bath....great chowder and lobster bisque and the lobster speaks for itself....I think they might be a little later, especially if you call but be aware, things close early down east.

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            jackattack Sep 9, 2008 06:00 PM

            http://www.muddyrudder.com/fmh/menu.html

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              Mainegal Sep 9, 2008 10:39 AM

              That's a Sunday night. Portland--as most of Maine--is not a late dining town, and restaurants often will close before posted closing hours if traffic is slow. I agree with the Broad Arrow Tavern, as it's in an inn and therefore most keep hours to satisfy guests, but even there, I'd call or email to be sure it will be open. If you go elsewhere, call first, make reservations, make sure restaurant knows you're coming in by plane and ask how late it will hold a table or remain open, should you be delayed.

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                StevensAve Sep 9, 2008 08:34 AM

                Try Street and Co. in Portland.

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                  HDinCentralME Sep 9, 2008 03:35 AM

                  Not sure how late they serve (could not find hours on website)...but try Broad Arrow Tavern in Freeport. It is part of a hotel (Harasseekett Inn) but casual atmosphere and has what you are looking for right off 295.

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