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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.

                  2. We are more familiar with restos in the bath brunswick area but I would suggest a trip south to Wiscasset to LeGarage for some good maine fare. I also really like Robinhood Meetinghouse in Georgetown as a destination. They are doing some tastings and pairings in the "off" season that are definitely worth the trip.....

                    1. No one mentioned Margaritta's a personal favorite. The places in Hallowell are all great ideas. In Winthrop there is Peppers which is good (sit in bar area) You will pass through Maine's LA (Lewiston/ and Auburn) and there are many good restaurants there.

                      1. Sigh.

                        Sakura, the only decent sushi place within an hour of most of Western Maine, has closed down and been replaced by...an Amato's.

                        Just what we need...another F***** Amato's.

                        Sigh. The sushi at Cafe de Bangkok in Hallowell and the Thai place in Waterville is close to inedible. Looks like it's now Portland or bust for Sushi.

                        God I hate living in Franklin county.

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                        1. re: tamerlanenj

                          OOOO come on...not that bad!
                          you opened up an old thread.....but you tried Brians Bistro in Rumford?
                          Very good salimboca.
                          Love there calimari....but I get it with tartar sause as opposed to the menu marinara.
                          The new Calzalaio pasta Co. in wilton has great service. A little pricey...have not tried their calami or pizza yet but will this weekend.
                          This is an Augusta thread so go north to Big G's! Get a whole sandwich or you will miss the effect!
                          Soup For You also does a quality ojb in Farmington. Love the "Noreaster" your classic after Thanksgiving sandwitch.

                          1. re: westernmaine

                            I actually live in Farmington and we get lunch from Soup For You fairly regularly. It's a dependable standby--I really enjoy the BBQ chicken chili--but more a fallback than a standout, in my opinion. The Granary is overpriced, not much better than decent pub grub, though they do have a nice beer selection.

                            There is some good chow to be found in the Franklin/Kennebec/Andrascogin areas, but ethnic food is tough. That's why I lament the closing of Sakura for an Amanto's. No Indian; no authentic Chiense, and not really any good Americanized Chinese (New Great Wall in Wilton is OK); The Thai places in Waterville, Hallowell, and Rangeley are all subpar by Boston standards...though Thai Dish in Auburn is pretty good.

                            My favorite food going on right now is the hot dog place right between Augusta and Hallowell on 27...the name escapes me; it's on the left just before you cross the town line...?

                            1. re: tamerlanenj

                              Hot Dog place on Augusta/Hallowell line is Bolley's Franks. They have good homemade donuts too.

                              There's a new hot dog place, DNKY Dogs, a little farther down, in Farmingdale. Haven't tried the dogs yet but the onion rings were very good.

                              Bolley's Famous Franks
                              38 Water St, Hallowell, ME 04347