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ikon100 Jun 10, 2009 05:47 AM

we are visiting wells maine for the first time. any recommendations for restaurants in the area. we looked at restaurants on mile road but can travel further. is the grey gull still around too? friend reocmmended that

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    simplyput RE: ikon100 Jun 10, 2009 07:22 AM

    The Grey Gull is gone, making way for another giant home with a beautiful view.

    1. Science Chick RE: ikon100 Jun 10, 2009 08:09 AM

      My favorite spot in Wells is Fisherman's Catch. Off of Rt. 1, on a quiet beautiful marsh. Great seafood, lobsters and a good value!

      http://www.fishermanscatchwells.com/

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        emilief RE: Science Chick Jun 10, 2009 10:04 AM

        Fisherman's Catch is great! Just know that you may have to wait, that it is very casual- picnic tables with rolls of paper towels hung overhead. Further north than Mile Road.

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          jillso RE: Science Chick Jun 11, 2009 09:41 PM

          Had a terrible lunch at Fisherman's Catch the other day, maybe I just didn't know what to order. Had the shrimp cakes (allergic to clams) and for 8 bucks they were damn near inedible. Grease-soaked bread patty with a few shrimp would be a better name. The grease actually puddled up on top of the cake as I cut into it with a fork - yuck. Fries were ore-ida uninspired and undercooked, slaw was okay and beer was cold. I wouldn't go back.

          Always enjoy Maine Diner , Merriland farms Cafe is nice, Wells Steakhouse is on route 1 not to be confused with Wells Beach Steakhouse on Mile Road. Mikes Clam Shack is always packed, they must be doing something right. Mabel's Claw in Kennebunkport is only a 20 minute drive.....Port Bakery Cafe there is great for breakfast. .

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            Science Chick RE: jillso Jun 12, 2009 04:57 AM

            I've never had the shrimp cakes at Fisherman's Catch. I tend to steer away from "cake" preparations at most shack-type places.....too inconsistent. If I want that sort of thing, I head for a more formal restaurant. Sorry you had a bad experience, but I would give them another try and stick to a more straightforward clamshack preparation (clams, fish, lobster, chowder).

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              Wiley RE: jillso Jun 26, 2009 10:09 AM

              I didn't think the fried clams I had at Mike's were the freshest, and neither did my digestive system...;>(

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                ratbuddy RE: Wiley Jul 5, 2009 03:59 PM

                I had the fried scallops there and they were excellent. Also, blaming any one meal or dish on digestive troubles is risky. It could have been anything.

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            redsox24 RE: ikon100 Jun 10, 2009 10:17 AM

            Try Joshua's. http://joshuas.biz/

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              FarFar RE: redsox24 Jun 10, 2009 10:38 AM

              Your suggestion is not emphatic enough. Having been there a number of times, I feel justified in recasting it as follows: " You've GOTTA try Joshua's!!!!"

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                redsox24 RE: FarFar Jun 10, 2009 10:59 AM

                FarFar, I agree with you 150% but my first post got deleted by the mods. I have no idea why so I thought I would keep it low key. All I said in the first post was do a board search because there's a lot about Joshua's. Oh well. It's my favorite restaurant bar none and I live in Connecticut. To the OP, definately go there if you haven't yet.

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                  FarFar RE: redsox24 Jun 10, 2009 02:29 PM

                  Redsox24, I, too, live in Connecticut. And a meal at Joshua's is definitely worth the trip.

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                    chowmensch RE: FarFar Jun 12, 2009 08:43 AM

                    I also live in CT and have enjoyed my three visits to Joshua's. Fresh ingredients and a lovely ambiance. Josh's parents (run the front of the house) are delightful!

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              Earle RE: ikon100 Jun 10, 2009 04:08 PM

              There are some really nice places in Wells. Depending on what you feel like at the moment. My wife and I are from Conn. and go to the Wells and Ogunquit area at least 3 times a year. We like Varano's on Mile Rd. Very Italian.http://www.varanos.com/) Also if you like Steak you can try the Steakhouse Restaurant its right on RT.1 in Wells. (www.the-steakhouse.com) Also there is also Billy's Chowder House On mile rd headed to Wells beach..Nice casual place to eat, not very expensive,nice view of the marsh. Hope this gives you a few places to try I have personally been to both and have enjoyed they. Also if you are into sports and a Red Sox fan there is a place on Rt.1 in Ogunquit. Called Vinny;s East Coast Grille and Bar. They have the greatest salad. with the house dressing ,its wonderful... Take care and I hope you have a good time. I am headed for Ogunquit for 3 days at the end of the month. Earle Ct.

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                crabtree RE: Earle Jul 4, 2009 06:23 AM

                We're in Wells now. Had a really nice dinner at Billy's Chowder House last night. The service was very good, and we all enjoyed our meals. The view of the fog over the marsh was nice too.
                Question: which steak place do you all recommend? The Steakhouse on rt. 1 or the Wells Beach Steakhouse on Mile Rd (which seems to be owned by the same family as Billy's and Varanos)?

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                  jillso RE: crabtree Jul 6, 2009 03:35 PM

                  You can't go wrong at either Steakhouse, usually, but the one on route 1 is the one that is famous all over New England. The wait can be a while, and the service a bit rushed during peak season (now)....so, if you're wanting to see what all the fuss is about check out The Steakhouse on route 1...if you just want a great steak with a quiet and refined atmosphere, try the Wells Beach Steakhouse and please report back, just don't hear enough about this place since it's overshadowed by the other.

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                karenaa RE: ikon100 Jun 12, 2009 04:19 AM

                Joshua's in my favorite, here in Wells. Try their Blood Orange Martini! (This is not a place to bring children too!) Be prepared to spend $$$, but it's well worth it! For Italien, Verano's (hint, have your meal downstairs in the bar, it's cozy and generally, there's no waiting) For Steak, The Steakhouse on Rt 1; For Sushi, go to East. Seafood, I generally cook at home, but for atmosphere, try Mike's Clam Shack. It's typical seafood fare, but most nights (in the summer) there is live entertainment, and it's pretty good. Be sure to sit in the bar though, and get there early! Grey Gull is gone, however, they have a sister restaurant off the beaten path in Ogunquit called Clay Hill Farm. Enjoy your visit!

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                  emilief RE: karenaa Jun 12, 2009 07:41 AM

                  I refuse to patronize a place that has made it clear that children are not welcome- as I understand is the case with Joshua's. Unless they have recently remodeled, Clay Hill Farm has seen better days and is depressingly shabby inside.

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                  maina RE: ikon100 Jun 12, 2009 03:02 PM

                  After reading glowing CH reviews we dined at Joshua's last night but, surprisingly, were not impressed(I know this comment might get slammed here). First, we arrived at 6pm, and wanted to order the seafood special -- they were already completely out (at 6pm??). That was disappointing, since there is only 1 seafood entree on their regular menu - haddock (not a fav of mine). If you're looking for a nice selection of seafood entrees, this is definitely not the restaurant. That said, the shrimp appetizer was delicious, served in a tomato base with crostini bread to lap up the sauce (we wished we had ordered this as an entree). Shrimp were perfectly cooked. The entrees were less successful. Two of us had the veg special - mushroom and cheese ravioli. The tomato sauce and filling were rather bland, and stringy mozzarella cheese topped the ravioli. The fwilted spinach and assorted veggies served with it were wonderfully fresh and excellent. Another in our party had the haddock, which was good but not spectacular. This dish too seemed a bit bland. Again, the best part were the fresh veggies.
                  The dessert however was super. We had homemade mint choc chip ice cream with shaved choc -- it was delicious, the mint taste was fresh and strong, esp combined w/choc. The dessert menu was terrific. We agreed we'd return to sit at the bar, enjoy appetizers and dessert with a nice glass of wine.
                  For recommendations, I agree that Merriland on Coles Rd in Wells is a terrific place for breakfast or lunch - esp when you can sit on patio overlooking the golf course. For dinner we really like 98 Provence in Ogunquit, and both Hurricanes and Bandaloop in Kennebunkport. Hurricanes and Bandaloop always have a great selection of seafood dishes.

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