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Enso Sep 19, 2009 10:52 AM

Found a couple old threads...looking for more up-to-date recommendations that have plenty of moderate-priced options besides sandwiches, burgers, pasta (we don't eat wheat--nothing with flour).

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    Enso Sep 23, 2009 05:37 PM

    So far we've tried:
    * The Sawmill (for breakfast - rather too greasy for our taste, won't be back)
    * 371 Diner (for dinner - cheap, simple diner food in a fun atmosphere; the fish & chips is nice but not authentic version)
    * The Barn (for lunch - had a Maid Rite burger; the buns are totally lame so didn't miss not eating them. The mustard, mild raw onions and pickles make it. More of a neat experience than gastronomic heaven. Don't bother with the basket ($5+), the fries are not great. Got pie to go ($3 per slice)--the fruit pies are pretty decent, not the best I've ever had but probably in the top 3.)
    * Matty's (for dinner - had the sunfish sandwich...again, bun not worth it, but the fish was sublime and seasoned really nicely (parmesan peppercorn mix), $9 and sweet potato fries that were the 2nd best I've had in my several decades on the planet-$3 per order and is more than enough for 3-4 people. Really.)

    Local color, a sign at The Barn: All special orders are handled by Helen Wait. If you need a special order, please go directly to Helen Wait.

    The ones we're interested in repeats from are The Barn (but only for pie to go -- rhubarb custard and blueberry this time...have to go early before they sell out!) and Matty's for another order of sunfish (and their tasty "tartar" sauce with dill...yum!).

    1. diesel Sep 20, 2009 07:33 PM

      I was up there last winter and was very pleasantly surprised by Prairie Bay (which is technically in Baxter) - I don't recall what I got, so I can't provide a lot more detail. Here's a link to their web site.

      http://www.prairiebay.com/index.htm

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        Enso Sep 23, 2009 05:24 PM

        We went to Prairie Bay...very nice setting, good service (except waitress got one order wrong--we didn't realize until after we had eaten part of it and she didn't offer to make it right). Prices are a bit high, but they have a nice special between 3-5:30pm of 12 dif. dishes for $12 ea. More affordable than the rest of the menu, and interesting seasoning/sauces. "Grilled sauteed veg" means two julienne spears of zucchini that were past their prime to begin with (aka completely inadequate). So, nice enough for a bit of a splash-out night, but not the attention to detail or customer service that would make them first-rate in my book.

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