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Casual Lunch/Dinner with Nice Atmosphere in Kennebunk, Wells, Ogunquit?

hiddenboston Dec 2, 2008 07:43 AM

We'll be up at the Prelude in Kennebunkport for the third year in a row this weekend, and will be looking for places outside of the village (which will be a madhouse again, I'm sure!) that are casual and reasonably priced, but with nice atmosphere. Any suggestions in the area? I'd probably be willing to go as far as Saco/Biddeford to the north and maybe York to the south. Thanks!

  1. hiddenboston Dec 9, 2008 08:59 AM

    Well, I'm back in Boston after a great weekend in the Kennebuknport area. Here are the places we went to:

    Shalimar India, Portsmouth, NH
    Bintliff's, Ogunquit (twice)
    The Ramp, Cape Porpoise
    Angelina's, Ogunquit

    We looked at a few other spots, including Duffy's in Kennebunkport, 98 Provence and Amore in Ogunquit, The Wayfarer in Cape Porpoise, and MC Perkins in Perkins Cove, but just didn't have time to hit every place we wanted.

    My favorite overall was probably The Ramp; great views, real sea-shanty feel, good beers and food. And I know that Bintliff's gets mixed reviews here, but our meals were really impressive, the seats near the fireplace were cozy, and the service was perfect. I liked Angelina's a lot--the Italian food there seemed pretty authentic and the service was efficient and professional. Shalimar India in Portsmouth didn't have much atmosphere and was very, very quiet, but it turned out to be a real hidden gem and an excellent spot for a quick, cheap lunch.

    Next time I definitely want to try Amore for breakfast, and if Roberto's in Ogunquit is open for the season, I'd like to get there, too.

    Thanks for all your suggestions!

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      maina Dec 2, 2008 01:27 PM

      Duffy's is new, right on Main St in downtown K'bunk (not village of K'bunkport, which will be way busier). Has great casual lunch and dinners, full bar, nice atmosphere. Also, for casual dinner is Academe at Kennebunk Inn. Sit in the newly renovated back room, that overlooks the patio. We've eaten there twice recently and really enjoyed the grilled salmon panini (with fresh wilted spinach and goat cheese -- yum!!). A friend had a burger, which she said was terrific and looked like it came off the cover of Gourmet. Also, get the ranch dusted fries -- I know it sounds kinda disgusting but they are addictive!! You can order either a full dinner, or a choose from the lighter fare menu. Not open for lunch tho. Be interested in your posting about your trip once you return home.

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      1. re: maina
        hiddenboston Dec 2, 2008 01:43 PM

        Duffy's looks interesting! I just looked at their site...

        The menus for Academy seem to be corrupted PDF files (or it's just me); what is the general price range there?

        Thanks, everyone!

        1. re: hiddenboston
          maina Dec 2, 2008 01:53 PM

          Think the burger with a side was about $8, our panini was $13 - but worth every penny!! Salmon was delicious, and perfectly cooked. Also think the flat bread pizza was about $9 (also very good). These were all from lighter fare menu.

        2. re: maina
          MHKL Dec 9, 2008 07:01 AM

          Went to try Duffy's yesterday for a late lunch and the place wasn't crowded and we were seated right away by the hostess. We then preceded to sit for over 10 minutes with no service. Had waitresses look right at us and even come to a table next to us. So we just left and went and had lunch at Cherie's.

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          lexpatti Dec 2, 2008 01:08 PM

          we loved Gypsy Sweethearts in Ogunquit (not sure if they are open though):

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          1. re: lexpatti
            emilief Dec 2, 2008 02:11 PM

            Not open. Closed for the season.

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            emilief Dec 2, 2008 08:43 AM

            The Ramp is a great suggestions. Also, if you want to avoid the Kbunpt crowd go to Ogunquit to MC Perkins Cove. Fabulous views, good food. They are open every day at 11 and serve both lunch and dinner. If you want a less expensive experience eat at the bar and ask for the bar menu- yummy fish tacos, fish and chips, kobe beef burger(on both bar and regular menu) and cockles appetizer. Also has great fresh briny oysters.

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              Mainegal Dec 2, 2008 08:18 AM

              Pier 77 and The Ramp, in Cape Porpoise. Divine views over the harbor. It's chef owned, and I've never been disappointed. Fancier dining room is upstairs; pub is down. I think you can order from either menu in both. Fall menu is still on the web site, not sure if it's switching to a winter one or when.

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              1. re: Mainegal
                merrvally Dec 2, 2008 11:32 AM

                I forgot Pier 77...I've not been but friends and family recommend

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                merrvally Dec 2, 2008 08:00 AM

                Mia's in Saco for dinner
                Run of the Mill in Saco for craft beer and I hear the pub food is good
                Cherie's in Kennebunk for take-out lunch, sandwiches and salads, unfortunately her baked goods have declined in recent years
                Ricetta's in Kennebunk for a Bertucci's-like experience

                Unfortunately, there's not a ton to choose from in this area.

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