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Great restaurants at a reasonable price in Maine and New Hampshire?

ragamuffin Mar 2, 2009 12:18 PM

After driving up the coast of New England, I'm going to be spending a couple of weeks in Maine and New Hampshire. I'm looking for good, local, one-of-a-kind restaurants serving fresh food at a reasonable price. What are your favorite little places?

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    Earle Mar 2, 2009 01:30 PM

    Exactly what price range do you consider to be reasonably priced? That would help to give you some reasonably priced places. As some peoples idea of what is reasonable can be quite different. Will watch for your responce and then will try and help you.. Earle Ct.

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      ragamuffin Mar 2, 2009 02:05 PM

      For lunch, $10 and under, preferably.

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        Earle Mar 3, 2009 03:30 AM

        There are a few places I know of in Southern Maine. Most are not open as yet, but there is a place in York on Rt 1 called Wild Willies for hamburgs and sandwiches, there is a place called Flo's on Rt 1 in York. But not open until April. With you limit your places open early in the year are going to be sparse. Earle Ct.

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          emilief Mar 3, 2009 08:04 AM

          Flo's in York is open all year round, not closed until april. Every day except Wednesday from 11-3. Flo's sells only hot dogs sodas and potato chips. Very good steamed dogs with special sauce.

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            Harp00n Mar 3, 2009 11:41 AM

            We need to add that's it's worth picking a jar or two of Flo's special whilst there for home consumption.


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              emilief Mar 3, 2009 12:31 PM

              I'm with you Harp. Problem is, I use 1/2 jar at one sitting. God that stuff is good.

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                Harp00n Mar 3, 2009 12:44 PM

                Ayuh! :-D


    2. jspear Mar 3, 2009 04:14 AM

      there is a sandwich shop under the highway in Bath that sells a mean dagwood sandwich. I like mae's Cafe in Bath as well, great breakfast stuff and a reasonable lunch and dinner. The great impasta in Brunswick is a nice place that I think is reasonable for dinner. I also like Le Garage in Wiscasset for a good maine menu.

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        obraustin Mar 3, 2009 05:11 AM

        I would second the vote for Flo's in York for a quick, simple, Southern Maine landmark. I'd also throw in Five Islands Lobster Co. in Georgetown (http://www.fiveislandslobster.com/) for some great seafood and views. Mike's Clam Shack in Wells is also a good, cheap option for fried seafood/lunch and a beer. If you do drive through Brunswick, try Gelato Fiasco for an array of delicious gelato.

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          jspear Mar 3, 2009 05:31 AM

          Second time I have heard about Gelato Fisasco. Is it real, authentic gelato? I'll have to try this summer. Is it near the Tontine????

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            HDinCentralME Mar 3, 2009 07:23 AM

            Gelato Fiasco is on Maine Ave near MJ Grille and the Deli.

            The Gelato Fiasco
            74 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME

            1. re: jspear
              winedude Mar 5, 2009 08:07 AM

              Yup, it's the real deal. I believe it's the best gelati I've had outside of Italy, and I've tried dozens of places, from Boston, to NYC, to SF.

              Great traditional flavors, and some fun American ones, like Junior Mint. I spoke with the gelati maker last time I was there--he's a real pro.

            2. re: obraustin
              HDinCentralME Mar 3, 2009 07:20 AM

              Five Islands won't open for awhile...probably weekends in late May.

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                Harp00n Mar 5, 2009 07:38 AM

                Hi obraustin,
                As I posted on another Maine thread, Sarah's Dockside is just around the corner on Gott Cove from Five Islands. The view is just as spectacular, more secluded, the same fresh off the boat seafood and no tourist buses. It's is strictly alfresco lobster-in-the-rough dining so know before you go. They open in Mid-June. For some reason I can't access the link that I created! So here's their website; http://sarahscafe.com/dockside


                Five Islands Lobster Co.
                1447 Five Islands Rd, Georgetown, ME 04548

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              rabbijohn Mar 3, 2009 07:41 AM

              Jumpin Jays in Portsmouth is great...but perhaps a bit more pricey.

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                dfrostnh Mar 4, 2009 03:59 AM

                If you aren't sticking to the coast, my favorite lunch places in Concord NH would be In a Pinch Cafe (great soups and sandwiches) and Bread and Chocolate (great bread. They pre-make some sandwiches that are quite tasty and one-of-a kind). Across the street from Bread and Chocolate is the Concord Food Coop which has a tiny fresh/hot foods section - I think all their food is organic.

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                  westernmaine Mar 4, 2009 05:13 PM

                  Big G's Winslow Maine. The sandwiches are unbeliveable.....get the "whole" not the "half" for the full effect.

                  Big G's
                  581 Benton Ave, Winslow, ME

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