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I am a well reviewed chef in Ogunquit and this is where I like to eat on my time off.

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This is just a list of my favorite places locally. If I were asked to recommend places to eat other than my own, this is what I would say:
Finest Restaurant regardless of cost: Arrows, White Barn Inn
Fine Dining at a Value: 98 Provance, Gypsy Sweethearts, Big Fish in Kennebunkport, Joshua's in Wells
Best place to take a date: See Above:
Best Breakfast: Grey Gull Inn, Blueberries, Coles Hill Farm. Maine Diner
Best Bar: Gypsy Sweethearts, Old Village Inn, Big Fish
Best Thai: Me Kong
Best Steak: Big Fish, Prime
Best Late Night Menu: Post Road Tavern
Best Dining with a Water View: Blue Water Inn, Jackie's Too.
Take this list for what it is worth. I am sure I missed places worth mentioning but these are my favorites and where I choose to spend my money and my time off.

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  1. Thanks for the recs. I live in southern Maine and love to hear about good places nearby.

    1. William: Thank you for taking the time to write this message.....
      Your recommendations are appreciated and respected.
      Hope you had a great season.
      Irwin

        1. re: gyppielou

          I can't place Big Fish can someone tell me where it is?

          Chef, thoughts on Cape Arundel?

        2. Great list. What about the Five-O? Had some great meals in the past but haven't been there recently.

          1. I live in Ogunquit and have to disagree on some of these. In particular, Jackie's- yes, gret view but a real tourist trap and the food is awful. Why would you leave off MC Perkins Cove? owned by Mark and Clarke of Arrows- fabulous view, great service and excellent food. Also, Blue Water Inn's food and service are terrible- yes, good view but that is all.
            I do not think there is a place called COle's Hill Farm. There is Merriland Farm on Cole Hill Road and they do have a very nice breakfast. But in Ogunquit, the Cove Cafe has a wonderful breakfast, nice owners and great service (just ate there this am). Omelette factory is also very good. Agree that Prime is good for steak , and like Gypsy Sweethearts. Post Road Tavern is fun but the food is a bit on the heavy side. And dont forget Black Sushi- for those who lie sushi. Again- really nice owner.

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            1. re: emilief

              Thank you for correcting me. You are correct, it is Merriland Farm I was referring to on Cole Hill Rd. I also agree with you on MC's It does belong on any list of fine dining, with and without a view but it is not where I have been able to go to this summer on my nights off. I probably should but I get so few. The same goes for 50 Shore Rd. Thanks for the kind words about Black. And yes, Buzzy is nice and nice to work for.