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Bath - donuts and diners

MGC Apr 6, 2009 06:47 AM

We'll be in Bath for one week in early May. Do you have any recommendations for where to get really good donuts in Bath? Also, my MIL likes cheap food, I like good food. Any suggestions for local diners to keep us both happy?

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    obraustin Apr 6, 2009 08:20 AM

    Byrnes Irish Pub may fit the bill nicely. Right downtown. Good beer, very friendly service, and good food as well. There's also a Beal St. BBQ which is quite delicious...

    1. the_MU Apr 6, 2009 08:35 AM

      Go to Frosty's in Brunswick for donuts.

      There used to be a way to stick links to places in here but I don't see how to do that now.

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      1. jspear Apr 6, 2009 08:52 AM

        Don't remember donuts but I would go to Mae's Cafe for baked goods, especially sticky buns. Their breakfast is good but the service can be slow....There is a good place in Brunswick also but I cannot remember the name for the life of me. We like the Kennebec Tavern, good lobster bisque and my SO gets a maine shrimp and pasta dish that is great but is no longer on the menu, have to ask for it. Can't beat the outdoor dining if it is warm enough...Beal St is great for BBQ. Spend the money and go to back st bistro in Brunswick one night, great wine list and well crafted food. We also like the Great Impasta in Brunswick, garlic knots to die for....the micro brew over the bridge in Topsham is also good, Sea Dog....

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          the_MU Apr 6, 2009 11:36 AM

          Sea Dog and Great Impasta have menus worth skipping. Sea Dog has decent beer though, and I suppose if you dined solely on garlic knots Great Impasta would be just fine.

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            jspear Apr 7, 2009 06:14 AM

            we like the food at Great Impasta as well as the knots, not the best but definitely falls within the parameters of this post, not too expensive. I like the sandwiches and burgers and fried stuff at Sea Dog when I am hankering for something bad...again, trying to hit the guidelines of the poster, not the chowish stuff in the area......

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          HDinCentralME Apr 6, 2009 09:30 AM

          I second Frosty's in Brunswick for donuts. In Brunswick there is also Brunswick Diner for the usual diner-fare.

          For good diner-style breakfast head north on Rte One to Wiscasset and the Ship's Hall restaurant (opposite Big Al's).

          For more "upscale" breakfast/brunch try Ocean Grill across the bridge in Edgecomb. (Check seasonal hours...may be just weekends this time of year).

          For good "roadhouse" food, not "cheap" but a very good value, try Montsweag Roadhouse on Rte One, Woolwich. Steaks, lobsters, etc.

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            jspear Apr 6, 2009 10:54 AM

            How long has Montsweag been reoppened??

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              HDinCentralME Apr 6, 2009 12:41 PM

              I wasn't aware they had been closed. I believe they operate year-round.

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                jspear Apr 7, 2009 06:11 AM

                Maybe I'm thinking of a different place, red, barn style place on route 1? On the left going towards wiscasset from bath?

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                  harrie Apr 7, 2009 07:19 AM

                  We passed by them a couple weeks ago - March 21-22, I think -- and Montsweag looked open. Didn't go in, though.

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                    happybellynh Apr 8, 2009 08:38 AM

                    I pass the Montsweag Roadhouse all the time, and I've never seen them without a crowd... so I'm not sure they closed. Still haven't been there though... the crowd makes me want to try it- and makes me want to stay away. :)

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                      jspear Apr 8, 2009 10:06 AM

                      the Montsweag used to be a resto, closed and then reopened as the Montsweag Roadhouse......

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                Mainegal Apr 7, 2009 07:54 AM

                Montsweag Roadhouse (http://www.montsweagroadhouse.com) opened in the site of the old Montsweag Restaurant about three years ago.

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                  jspear Apr 7, 2009 11:11 AM

                  thanks mainegal, that's what I was looking for.....

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              mainemal Apr 6, 2009 10:07 AM

              If you're willing, as suggested by others, to head back to Brunswick one night, don't miss El Camino, the tastiest and most innovative Mexican restaurant in the area. Lots of locally sourced ingredients, incredibly reasonable prices, and the specials menu is likely to have things like, "Wild Mushroom enchilada".

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                MGC Apr 7, 2009 08:22 AM

                Frosty's I know about. My cousin lives in Topsham, and when we stay with her, that's always on the list of places to go. I think we've eaten at Montsweags Roadhouse a couple of years ago, maybe just after it opened.

                Thanks for the Mexican recommendation. And I know that Mae's Cafe gets mucho recommendations on this board, so it's on the list of places to try.

                Going to Maine is an annual thing - taking MIL to see her familiy. We normally stay either in Topsham or in Waldoboro. Because we're taking a nephew on this trip too, we couldn't stay with relatives, so we have a place in Bath. This is the first time we've stayed in that town. We know the general area, but not specific eateries.

                So, thanks to all so far, and keep the ideas coming!

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                  HIW Apr 7, 2009 08:26 AM

                  The Cabin in Bath has great pizza, good beer list and killer garlic knots. And I second the rec for El Camino. So good!

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