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Oct 23, 2008 05:48 PM

In Augusta, ME next week...

New Yorker in Augusta, Maine next week. Does anyone have any suggestions? I eat all sorts of cuisine, just like restaurants.

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  1. Breakfast: Augusta House of Pancakes, Bagel Mainea

    Best local restaurants are in neighboring small city, Hallowell. These include:

    Liberal Cup, brewpub w/ great pub food
    Cafe de Bangkok, Thai and Sushi
    Slates, eclectic

    These are all walking distance along Water St...the main drag...just a mile or so south of State Capitol (State St in Augusta becomes Water Street in Hallowell)

    (Hallowell also offers live music most nights...Higher Grounds, Liberal Cup, The Wharf)

    Also noteworthy in area:
    Riverfront BBQ, Downtown Augusta
    A-1 Diner, Gardiner
    Bolley's, Hallowell for hot dogs and homemade donuts

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    1. re: HDinCentralME

      HD, you got it. It is a real statement about Augusta's food scene that the best dining is in Hallowell. How's the rebuilt Slates? When driving through on 95, we just keep going until Portland for chow.

      1. re: Passadumkeg

        Slates is better than ever and putting more emphasis on local sourcing. They also just restarted their Monday Night music series.

        1. re: HDinCentralME

          I concur: Hallowell. And especially...Slate's!

      2. re: HDinCentralME

        From my POV, you can definitely skip Augusta HOP. The pancakes are doughy and uninteresting, and nothing else is much better. Bagel Mainea is...a bagel, one cut up from supermarket, but nothing to consider real. I'm not sure there IS edible breakfast in 'Gusty.
        Completely concur with others about Liberal Cup and Slates redivivus, however: head south, young man!

        1. re: mainemal

          Actually, Bagel Mainea's bagels are some of the best around. They are authentically boiled (rather than steamed) before baking. They are miles from the vicinity of supermarket or Dunkin Donuts spongy bread with a hole. I urge you to give them another try.

        2. re: HDinCentralME

          This is a great list by HDinCentralME!.
          I would particularly recomend Slates (which I went to a few days ago and had a great meal) and Joyce's, which is a new place across the street from Slates. Joyce's is more casual than Slates, but the food is excellent.
          I like AHOP for breakfast, but be sure to get maple syrup if you order the pancakes.

        3. In Augusta, Bay Wraps (a younger sibling of the one in Belfast) is a good grab-and-go for lunch wraps. The restaurant at The Senator Inn & Spa (a Best Western) is actually quite good and serves all meals. If you think chocolate is one of the major food groups, have a "meal" at Kennebec Chocolates.

          About 15 minutes north on Route 27 is Wing's Hill Inn, in Belgrade Lakes, the best local choice for finer dining.

          1. Seventeen miles north of Disgusta (sic) is Waterville (Home of Colby college) and in neighboring Winslow is Big G's sandwich shop. Worth a trip, I feel for a great huge breakfast ( I like the Ruben omelet or their gigantic sandwiches for lunch or dinner. BYOB.

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            1. re: Passadumkeg

              I love Big G's. Definitely a find in the middle of nowhere. I just wish I had known about this place long ago, as I'm always looking for a place to eat on my way to NE Harbor...

              1. re: Passadumkeg

                Agreed with their Sandwiches are huge, but be forewarned, neither their Corned Beef nor their Pastrami are "Brisket", but a run of the mill supemarket dry 'treated' buttom round Beef Cut.
                Less than 'average' in taste, value on size for the uninitiated.

              2. The House of Pancakes has great lobster stew.
                I like the bar food at The Senator.
                Make sure you find a "whoopie pie" while you're up in Maine!

                1. May I piggyback?

                  Where I can a grab a quick lunch on a 1/2 hour office break... WITHOUT having to resort to one of the 600 chains on Western Ave? I'm new to the Augusta lunch scene, and already worn out with Bagel Mainea (although they are very nice).

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                  1. re: happybellynh

                    30 minutes is tough...depending on where your office is. Mainegal mentioned Bay Wraps above which could work. AHOP can be quick if not too busy. Bond Brook Pancake House also is possibility (up Mt. Vernon Ave). Welcome to Augusta.