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Boston to Midcoast maine, any must stops?

Any must stop meals Boston to Midcoast Maine?

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  1. Flo's Hotdog stand in Cape Neddick, ME -- ask for a House dog. Also, the Maine Diner in nearby Wells is some of the best diner food outside of NJ. If you're looking for something more, the cafe in the Stonewall Kitchen store/HQ just off 95 in Wells is a really nice bistro-type meal. If you're really heading further up (in distance, price, and ambiance), Ogunquit has Arrows, and my version of French Laundry East -- The White Barn Inn -- has the best service and the most amazing lobster dish (whatever the special of the day is).

    1. Are you willing to go off your route? Cape Elizabeth Pte. has a fish shack with great lobser rolls. It's the only thing there and the views are great. From OOB, it's maybe 20 minutes but I am guessing. There are other things on the menu but I always get the lobster roll. I have also found it best to get there early for lunch as a line quickly forms.

      I am not a fan of Maine Diner and the lines do not justify the meal. There is one near Waldoboro that is much better, imo. Do a search on the board for Maine Diner for various opinions.

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      1. re: three of us

        Moody's diner is in Waldeboro. Where in mid -coast? A big area.

        1. re: Passadumkeg

          On a trip to Rockport last April we drove to Moody's after purchasing their cookbook in Camden. The renowned Walnut pie paled in comparison to a good pecan pie and the entire lunch was no better than average. The crust on the pie was soggy and the rest of the pie didn't have much flavor. We were extremely disappointed and it was a wasted drive.

          1. re: quesam

            I don't trumpet Moody's, merely listed it. Used to have great all you can eat beans on Thursday nights. Haven't been in 15 years.

            1. re: Passadumkeg

              LOL....funny us foodies...I posted to an Indianapolis post & left there 15 years ago....I did do a little "on line research" to make sure my fav spots were still open. I've known Moody's as an institution as a Mainer. Been there once I can remember...no idea what I ate....I think I was in high school. I think Tim Sample made Moody's the name we know now. Cook book is a wonderfull read....I love cook books.....I read them like novels & Moody's has a great story.

              1. re: westernmaine

                Tim Sample's Thurs night at Moody's for bean, is what got us there. Faaaarrrrt.
                We lived on North Haven and prefer The Rockland Cafe, especially for fish cakes and beans for break.

            2. re: quesam

              Moody's is what it is, but if you want a great sandwich in Waldoboro get off Rt 1 and go to Fernalds on Main Street. I had lunch there at the counter with Andrew Wyeth a few years ago (he just happened to come in, we weren't together), and he agreed that it was what Moody's used to be, simple, fresh, and honest.

              1. re: bi11me

                Or a bit off rt 1 go to Moore's Saurkraut. They have a small byob resturant, w/ great soups, wursts, kraut and sandwhiches. A great deli too. Visit the Finnish Heritage Society too.

                1. re: Passadumkeg

                  I agree with Moore's Saurkraut. It's surprising to see a place like this off the main tourist path. If you like German sausages this is the place for you. The store is well stocked with many European selections. Worth the short trip from Rt. 1.

                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                    I believe you must be referring to Morse's Sauerkraut. Good stuff.

                    1. re: groaker

                      Also a fan of Morse's -- their sandwiches are kind of simple but excellent, and the pickles very tasty.

                      Definitely a fun place to shop - we got some great andouille sausage and a dried chorizo, which my hubby has been searching for for more years than I care to recall. He had something like it on a sandwich in Spain many years ago; and of all the chorizos we tried over the years, none fit the bill until we found Morse's.

                      1. re: groaker

                        Yes, Morse's; I just kan't spel. The saurekraut is alive too, the longer kept the more sour. A lot of Germans go just to get their black bread and wursts.

            3. cleonice Ellsworth Maine.
              Jumpin Jay's in Portsmouth NH
              For a sandwich stop in Portsmouth Moe's. They only make like 2 or 3 different sub's...and there is a reason they can get away with that they are so good.

              1. Harrasskeet Lunch in So. Freeport (Lbster Shack); Caiola's in Portland (splurge)

                1. Ditto Flo's in Cape Neddick- open every day except Wednesday 11-3; there is another Flo's branch in the parking lot next to the Kittery Trading Post if you are shopping in the Kittery Outlet Stores- less of a line and the dogs are the same.
                  For a beautiful view and good food drive into Ogunquit and have lunch or sit at the bar and order off the bar menu for dinner at MC Perkins Cove. Same owners as the very famous Arrows.

                  1. Pay no attention to the buskers who would lure you to Portland. It's all smoke and mirrors, LOL.

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                    1. re: Dual

                      Which "buskers" are those?
                      Yes, you need to eat something in Portland. Portland is a great food city. If you love food, it would be ashame to miss it. Lobster Shack at Cape Elizabeth - pricey but good, with a fantastic view. Duckfat for the "best fries anywhere" and everything else. More places than I can possibly name or even count.

                    2. Flos does a decent hot dog. A must is the Lobster Shack in Cape Elizabeth, although Five Island Lobster in Georgetown is even better. Pancakes at Maine Diner in Wells are excellent (when ordered with real maple syrup), but I'd skip anything else. Cole Farms in Gray is worthy of home style fare - chicken pie along with Moody's in Waldoboro. We enjoy breakfast at the Golden Rooster in Saco - standard fare, but nice small town ambiance.

                      1. We had a totally lovely dinner at Caiola's a week ago. It is splurge-ish but casual (we stopped in halfway through a long drive home and nobody cared that we looked a little roadworn) and the menu is fantastic.

                        1. If you are going to the Rockland/Camden area there are two must stops. Primo in Owls Head (just outside Rockland) and Francine Bistro in Camden are both amazing. Primo has its own organic gardens and raises some of its own meat. If you go to Francine order the soup. It doesn't matter what they flavor of the day is, it will be fantastic. Reservations highly recommended at both places. The bar area is first come first serve and very friendly in both.

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                          1. re: hbols

                            I loved PRIMO when it first opened. It has gradually gone down hill. I don't even want to go there now. It's grown too big, impersonal; the ambiance and the food, even the service is definitely not of the caliber it once was.

                            1. re: risibisi

                              Have to disagree. Although I only eat at Primo about 4 times a year, and have had the last 2 meals in the bar, the service remained excellent--choose to perfect, and the food and drinks (and Price's desserts, of course) remained ephemeral.

                              1. re: mjoyous

                                I also disagree with risibisi. We eat at Primo frequently and find we are never disappointed with service and food. It is a true gem and we are lucky to have a restaurant of such caliber here in midcoast Maine.

                              2. re: risibisi

                                risibisi, restaurants don't get bigger because they're "going down hill." Primo has consistently garnered praise both locally and nationally, for the quality of the food and service and for the efforts of the owners to promote green and sustainable practices both in restaurants and agriculture. Perhaps your agenda is different, but if you're looking for top quality food, and aren't hampered by your personal economic situation, Primo is one of the best options in New England.

                            2. Primo's still great in my book. If you have any appetite for breakfast, come see us at the Alden House Inn in Belfast! We happen to have a great, totally undiscovered Thai restaurant here in Belfast: Thai Bhurapar, which we recommend to our guests who enjoy Thai food. If you're in the Portland area on a sunny day, grab a sandwich (or purchase ingredients to make your own) and a bottle of wine at any of the Rosemont Market locations then take a ferry to one of the islands in Casco Bay, find a beach and enjoy a picnic. There aren't many restaurants anywhere that can top that.

                              1. You bet:

                                Portsmouth, NH: Flatbread Pizza.

                                Or Portland, ME: Duckfat

                                Brunswick, ,ME:

                                FatBoy Drive In.
                                Wildoats Bakery
                                Frosty's Donuts (only open m-f...imagine that)
                                Cote's Icecream
                                Fiasco Gelato (dumb name, but great gelato)
                                Bohemian Coffee (latte art in every pour)

                                Enjoy! Oh....outside of Boston..>Saugus, MA is Kane's Donuts...another winnter

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                                1. If you get as far as Northport, swing into the Northport Diner for a crabmeat omelet; cheap ($6.50), stuffed with plentiful crabmeat, and ultra fresh; opt for crabmeat only, skip the cheese. Get it with the homemade raisin toast. I know, the place looks total dive from the road, but trust me on this one. Sleeper.

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                                  1. re: Mainegal

                                    Arrows and MC Perkins Cove in Ogunquit

                                    White Barn Inn and On the Marsh in Kennebunk

                                  2. As a visitor 2 summers ago I visited 2 places highly recommended on this Board. Bob's Clam Hut in Kittery (fried clams, seafood) and Red's Eats in Wiscassett--best lobster rolls on the planet!
                                    Try them--they are both amazing and wonderful.