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How's my list for Mass, Maine Coast, NH, Vt?

walker Sep 27, 2009 06:02 PM

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???

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    Shooley RE: walker Sep 28, 2009 05:40 AM

    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!

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      qianning RE: walker Sep 28, 2009 05:45 AM

      i'm not a fan of woodman's.

      1. Passadumkeg RE: walker Sep 28, 2009 05:57 AM

        Drop Stewman's in BH too. Will be shut and is over priced. Don't miss Jordan's Snack Bar in Ellsworth for fried clams. Hit Just Barb's too on rt 1 Sandy Pt/Searsport.

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          jackattack RE: Passadumkeg Sep 28, 2009 02:05 PM

          Is Just Barb's still good? Heard a downhill alert....the place is up for sale. Or, has it been sold, re-opened, and still good????

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            Passadumkeg RE: jackattack Sep 28, 2009 02:09 PM

            Yes, still good. Places like this are often on the market for years. Ruth & Wimpies and Chester Pike's Galley are on the market too.
            Walker, add them to your list too.

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          lexpatti RE: walker Sep 28, 2009 09:02 AM

          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).

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            dfrostnh RE: lexpatti Sep 29, 2009 03:18 AM

            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.

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              walker RE: lexpatti Sep 29, 2009 07:56 PM

              I looked up the menu for Corner House and it looks good. It's in Center Sandwich -- do you have an idea how long a drive it would be from N. Conway? Thanks.

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                Sinicle RE: walker Sep 30, 2009 06:59 PM

                About 45 minutes or so. Agree about Harts. Corner House is OK, but stick to the simple stuff, sometimes its reach exceeds its grasp.

              2. re: lexpatti
                whs RE: lexpatti Sep 30, 2009 03:29 AM

                I agree with lexpatti about Hart's Turkey Farm--nothing special.

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                jackattack RE: walker Sep 28, 2009 02:11 PM

                Yikes, your itinerary doesn't include any ice creameries! Four Seas near Hyannis, John's Homemade near Camden/Waldoboro, Toot's near Freeport, and Toscanini's in Boston would be my choices.

                Also, when's this trip? Half of those seafood joints will be closing for the season soon.

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                  walker RE: jackattack Sep 29, 2009 12:22 AM

                  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.

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                    jackattack RE: walker Sep 29, 2009 01:23 PM

                    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.

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                      c oliver RE: walker Sep 30, 2009 09:31 AM

                      Hey, walker. Have a great time. We were on Cape Cod for ten days in June and loved every bite of it :) And such nice people.

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                        walker RE: c oliver Sep 30, 2009 11:13 AM

                        Too bad you won't be there at the same time!

                        Where do you like around Hyannis? - not high end!

                        Is that where Friendly Fisherman is located?

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                          c oliver RE: walker Sep 30, 2009 12:51 PM

                          We were on the north side of the Cape at Denis. We thoroughly enjoyed the fried clams at Sesuit Harbor Cafe there. Definitely not high end. Yeah,too bad we're not going to be there. We're budget travellers for sure and quite easy to please.

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                    thinks too much RE: walker Sep 29, 2009 01:36 PM

                    While I really like Single Pebble, it's awfully out of the way from the other places.

                    1. Passadumkeg RE: walker Sep 30, 2009 05:18 AM

                      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.

                      1. Scargod RE: walker Sep 30, 2009 07:36 AM

                        Because the restaurant link is not operational yet and because this thread is so hard to follow:

                        Alberto's Ristorante
                        360 Main St,
                        Hyannis, MA 02601
                        (508) 778-1770

                        Lobster Shack (a seafood shack)
                        225 Two Lights Rd
                        Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107-9515
                        (207) 799-1677

                        Red's Eats (a seafood shack)
                        41 Water Street
                        Wiscasset, ME 04578
                        (207) 882-6128

                        Moody's Diner
                        1885 Atlantic Hwy
                        Waldoboro, ME 04572
                        (207) 832-7785

                        In Good Company (upscale restaurant)
                        415 Main St
                        Rockland, ME 04841-3305
                        (207) 593-9110

                        Bay View Lobster
                        1 Bayview Landing
                        Camden, ME 04843-2249
                        (207) 236-2005

                        Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier (a seafood shack-closes after Columbus Day)
                        16 Chauncey Creek Rd
                        Kittery Point, ME 03905-5200
                        (207) 439-1030

                        Duck Fat (restaurant)
                        43 Middle Street
                        Portland, ME 04101
                        (207) 774-8080

                        Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster Company (restaurant closing 10-15)
                        36 Main Street
                        South Freeport, ME 04078
                        (207) 865-4888

                        Thurston's Lobster Pound
                        1 Thurston Rd
                        Bernard, ME 04612
                        (207) 244-7600

                        Rockland Cafe
                        441 Main St
                        Rockland, ME 04841-3383
                        (207) 596-7556

                        Watermans Beach Lobster
                        343 Waterman Beach Rd
                        South Thomaston, ME 04858-3325
                        (207) 596-7819

                        Jordan's Snack Bar (seafood shack-probably closes after Columbus Day)
                        200 Downeast Hwy
                        Ellsworth, ME 04605-2520
                        (207) 667-2174

                        Ruth & Wimpie's Kitchen
                        792 US Hwy 1
                        Hancock, ME 04640

                        Chester Pike's Galley
                        2336 Us Hwy 1
                        Sullivan, ME 04664-3330
                        (207) 422-8200

                        Corner House Inn
                        22 Main St
                        Center Sandwich, NH 03227
                        (603) 284-6219

                        The Homestead Restaurant
                        1567 Summer St
                        Bristol, NH 03222-3238
                        (603) 744-2022

                        A Single Pebble (Chinese
                        )133 Bank St
                        Burlington, VT 05401-4409
                        (802) 865-5200

                        Neptune Oyster (small oyster bar)
                        63 Salem St
                        Boston, MA 02113
                        (617) 742-3474

                        Modern Pastry
                        257 Hanover St
                        Boston, MA 02113-2322
                        (617) 523-3783modernpastry.com‎

                        Mike's Pastry
                        300 Hanover St
                        Boston, MA 02113-1835
                        (617) 742-3050mikespastry.com‎

                        Kelly's Roast Beef (famous sandwich?)
                        410 Revere Beach Blvd
                        Revere, MA 02151-4705
                        (781) 284-9129

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                        1. re: Scargod
                          Passadumkeg RE: Scargod Sep 30, 2009 10:08 AM

                          Wow! Jordan's is open until the end of the first week in Nov. BYOB too.

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                          IWantFood RE: walker Sep 30, 2009 10:31 AM

                          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.

                          1. Scargod RE: walker Sep 30, 2009 12:19 PM

                            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".

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                              treb RE: walker Sep 30, 2009 02:18 PM

                              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


                              1. Passadumkeg RE: walker Sep 30, 2009 03:03 PM

                                Jeesum Crow Walkah, yah gotta do more research! Your batting average is worse than the Red Sox against the Yankees. Through out that lobster pot again on the search this board; you're coming up w/ shorts and eggers!

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                                1. re: Passadumkeg
                                  c oliver RE: Passadumkeg Sep 30, 2009 03:07 PM

                                  Now, son, you be nice. Walker is a wonderful woman (I started out thinking *she* was a young, gay man) who lives in SF, cooks up a storm (helped me with my first pasta making) and is SO nice. She's gone fishin' in a pretty big pond and will listen to all recs. Good boy.

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                                    Passadumkeg RE: c oliver Sep 30, 2009 03:20 PM

                                    OK, Susan's Fish 'N Chips in Portland and Baggaduce Lunch in Brooksville, but don't expect none of that Left Coast Ciappino winey stuff, just good wholesome lahd.
                                    CO, don't they do homework in Californicationia?

                                    1. re: Passadumkeg
                                      walker RE: Passadumkeg Sep 30, 2009 04:41 PM

                                      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?

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                                        c oliver RE: walker Sep 30, 2009 04:48 PM

                                        P-keg is being a bit of a doodoo-head :) but rumor has it that he's sleep deprived. I'm VERY impressed with your research. I'm trying to remember if Swan River was a place that we looked at but was very expensive; can't remember. Maybe someone else will help here.

                                        1. re: c oliver
                                          Passadumkeg RE: c oliver Sep 30, 2009 05:09 PM

                                          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.

                                          1. re: Passadumkeg
                                            c oliver RE: Passadumkeg Sep 30, 2009 05:17 PM

                                            Bad boy, bad boy. Here I was thinking about picking up Alan Barnes and coming to Walnut Creek and you get all obstreperous(?sp).

                                            1. re: c oliver
                                              walker RE: c oliver Sep 30, 2009 08:11 PM

                                              Don't worry about your spelling since P. can't spell at all and I only half the time.
                                              English is hella hard to spell! The menu of the Swan place looked ok.

                                            2. re: Passadumkeg
                                              walker RE: Passadumkeg Sep 30, 2009 08:15 PM

                                              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?

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                                                solargarlic RE: walker Oct 1, 2009 05:16 AM

                                                We stopped at a pretty decent BBQ place in N. Conway, by the outlets


                                                But, what towns will you pass through to get from one place to the other...you may be passing by some good spots that would be worth stopping for!

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                                                  Passadumkeg RE: walker Oct 1, 2009 05:31 AM

                                                  Both Trenton Lobster Pound and Downeast Lobster are right on Rt 3 just before you cross the tiny bridge to MDI. As good as any.

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