How's my list for Mass, Maine Coast, NH, Vt?
I love lobster, fried clams, prefer casual places. How's this list?
Woodman's -- Essex
Alberto's -- Hyannis
Lobsters Shack at 2 Lights -- Cape Elizabeth
Red's Eats -- Wiscasset
Paolina's Way -- Camden
Moody's Diner -- Waldoboro for walnut pie
Chauncey Creek -- Kittery
Duck Fat -- Portland
Harrasskeet Lunch -- Freeport
Stewman's Lobster -- Bar Harbor
Hart's Turkey Farm -- Meredith
A Single Pebble -- Burlington
Neptune Oyster -- Boston
Modern & Mike's -- Boston
Kelly's Roast Beef -- Revere
I don't have enough meals/days to cover all this in one vacation.
What shouldn't I miss???
I would skip Paolina's Way in Camden; it's not nearly as good as it was when it first opened. Instead, I would head over to Rockland and have a casual meal at In Good Company, the wine bar/foodie spot par excellence!
Definately skip Hart's Turkey Farm in Meredith, if you are going to be in teh lakes region and love a great lobster roll - hit Sam & Rosies in Ctr. Harbor (just up rt 25 from Meredith) and it's across from the lake so nice views.
there is lots on this board about the Lakes Region if you'll be up there for a night or two. Sam & Rosie's is a lunch place. for dinner - my choice would be the Corner House Inn in Ctr Sandwich or Largo in Meredith or Church Landing in Meredith (last two still casual if you eat in teh bar).
Last Sat night I had a very good seafood lasagna at The Homestead in Bristol which is close to Meredith exit 23/Rt 93. We like the nice homey feel of smallish rooms in an old farmhouse. It's not as casual as Red's but jeans and a flannel shirt would be fine. The Corner House is a great suggestion.
A very casual place about 20 minutes south of Meredith is the Pizza Market on Rt 3A heading out of Franklin NH (exit 20 Rt 93, then south of Rt 3 thru Tilton and Franklin, then turn right onto 3A ... or maybe it's 3B). This place is biker casual but it's still a decent family place. New owners trying to make a go in a restaurant that had been closed for awhile. Last time we had fried clams the market price was just under $16 and they let you sub onion rings for french fries. Neither DH or I were able to finish all the rings. Good cole slaw. Very friendly wait staff. It would be cheaper than The Homestead (the Homestead has some good seafood dishes but no fried clams).
If it's too cold to eat at Red's, I would substitute the Sea Basket on Rt 1/Wiscasset.
You like these creameries equally?
AR Boston Sunday, Oct 4. Drive to Woods Hole, ferry to MV. Next day, Nantucket (so that 2 hotel nights in Hyannis.) Drive the coast, next 2 nights in Camden -- might try to get to Acadia.
2 in N. Conway, 1 in Stowe, then outside Boston 1 and a friend will show me around Boston before I return Oct 13-- thought I'd try to go to Neptune Oyster.
Perhaps I should skip A Single Pebble in Burlington because that day I'll be driving from N Conway to Stowe. (I like to drive but I should not get ridiculous.)
There are many more places I'd like to try in Maine, not so much in NH and Vt. I need to keep costs down, no $50 dinners for me.
I called Thurston's Lobster Pound today (it's on Mt Desert Island -- near Acadia, I guess) and they are open until Oct 18 and I'd really like to try them.
I know I want to go to Lobster Shack at 2 Lights and Red's Eats. (I'll get some blueberry pie somewhere, too!)
I'll just have to go back next year and try the ones I miss.
If you're staying in Camden you might check the little local markets for "Amy's Pies", she makes a very good blueberry and an excellent chocolate cream. I know they sell them at Thomaston Grocery on route 1, downtown Thomaston if you're driving in that way. If you don't get up to Thurstons...check to see if Waterman's Lobster/Owl's Head is still open for the season. And Bayview Lobster in Camden will do just fine in a pinch, more than fine in fact.