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.
For a real old fashioned, but hard to find Downeast breakfast, try the fish cakes and beans with a fried egg at the Rockland Cafe, local diner style food.
Because the restaurant link is not operational yet and because this thread is so hard to follow:
360 Main St,
Hyannis, MA 02601
Lobster Shack (a seafood shack)
225 Two Lights Rd
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107-9515
Red's Eats (a seafood shack)
41 Water Street
Wiscasset, ME 04578
1885 Atlantic Hwy
Waldoboro, ME 04572
In Good Company (upscale restaurant)
415 Main St
Rockland, ME 04841-3305
Bay View Lobster
1 Bayview Landing
Camden, ME 04843-2249
Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier (a seafood shack-closes after Columbus Day)
16 Chauncey Creek Rd
Kittery Point, ME 03905-5200
Duck Fat (restaurant)
43 Middle Street
Portland, ME 04101
Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster Company (restaurant closing 10-15)
36 Main Street
South Freeport, ME 04078
Thurston's Lobster Pound
1 Thurston Rd
Bernard, ME 04612
441 Main St
Rockland, ME 04841-3383
Watermans Beach Lobster
343 Waterman Beach Rd
South Thomaston, ME 04858-3325
Jordan's Snack Bar (seafood shack-probably closes after Columbus Day)
200 Downeast Hwy
Ellsworth, ME 04605-2520
Ruth & Wimpie's Kitchen
792 US Hwy 1
Hancock, ME 04640
Chester Pike's Galley
2336 Us Hwy 1
Sullivan, ME 04664-3330
Corner House Inn
22 Main St
Center Sandwich, NH 03227
The Homestead Restaurant
1567 Summer St
Bristol, NH 03222-3238
A Single Pebble (Chinese
)133 Bank St
Burlington, VT 05401-4409
Neptune Oyster (small oyster bar)
63 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113
257 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02113-2322
300 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02113-1835
Kelly's Roast Beef (famous sandwich?)
410 Revere Beach Blvd
Revere, MA 02151-4705
I would avoid Chauncey Creek. Of all the places I have ever eaten lobster--and it's a lot of places--the lobster there was by far the worst.
I have this for places in Massachusetts: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&...
I've personally only eaten at a few. Most recommendations leading to a restaurant's inclusion are based on Chowhound recommendations.
I have other maps for Maine, Boston, New Hampshire, Vermont and more under "Scargo".
Scrap Woodman's, replace with Clam Box, in Ipswich.
Scrap Mikes in Boston, keep Modern
Harrassekeet, awesome, Duck Fat as well
Neptune also a keeper
I secretly thought you all would be impressed with my research!! You would not believe the hours I've "wasted" on all this. I don't eat cioppino (who wants to dip their fingers in hot tomato sauce to scoop up crab in the shell?) I'm just after FRESH lobster.
I've decided Thurston's is too hard a drive.
A friend here likes Swan River in Dennisport -- anyone know of this place for lobster?
re: c oliver
Yes, Dennisport to Thurston's is like SF to LA, a bit of a trek. You'll find lots of lobbers, but many shore shacks will be shut for the season. I'm not sleep deprived, just hungry.
I make a wicked good ciapino. I may be in Walnut Creek for a week in April. No Fisherman's Warf, though.
Eat steamers an full bellied clams too. I wouldn't admit to knowing CO. though.
It seems Bagaduce Lunch is closed for the season.
If I drive from Camden to Bar Harbor and Acadia for the day, where should I go for FRESH lobster cooked on premises that would not be a pain to drive to, like Thurston's?
Later, I'll be in N. Conway and Stowe and now I'm thinking (since I'll be doing so much driving just going from motel to motel) maybe I should just try to have dinner closer to these 2 towns. Any recs?