Driving from Boston to Rockport, ME. Need roadside food recommendations.
This Thursday I am taking a 5-hour flight to Boston and have to immediately get in my rental car and make a 3.3 hour drive up US-1 to Rockport to make an event I have to be at by 5:30 p.m. While this drive won't really be leisurely we'd still love to stop somewhere relatively quickly once we get into Maine but can survive on snacks if there is somewhere better to wait a little longer for. Where should we not miss?
Other Texas friends making the same commute are going to tough it out and wait to eat at some lobster joint in Wiscasset. I doubt we can wait that long. We want something regional, preferably a favorite to locals. And something not inconvenient to our route North. And, obviously, the service can't take forever.
Thanks in advance for your help.
Something in Portland? We stopped there recently en route North and had a great meal at "Street and Company" (fish/seafood)
If you want to stop a bit earlier consider Bob's Clam Hut in Kittery. Service is pretty quick and the food is fresh and good. It's right on Rt-1 at the end of the Kittery outley stores. If your guests have a little time Bob's is right next door to the Kittery Trading Post which can be fun for a short walk-thru.
Good Luck and enjoy mid-coast Maine, it is one of my favorite parts of the country!
Sorry, but I have to disagree about Bob's. They've really gone downhill over the past couple of years. Very greasy...smaller portions. Just not worth it. Plus you have to fight the Outlet Crowds.
Another possibility that I hadn't mentioned, though, is Fisherman's Catch in Wells, ME, which is about 20 minutes north of Kittery. Really good, and about 7 minutes drive from I-95 (which I assume you'll be taking to ~Brunswick, ME). It's not on Rt. 1, but just off so MUCH less "touristy". About an hour and change from Boston Logan. Great ambience on a marsh. Clean, tasty and a good value.