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.
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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!