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Oct 15, 2009 04:12 AM

Pepperland Cafe? Robert's Maine Grill? Norms?

Looking for a place for lunch in Southern NH or Maine. What is the word on Pepperland Cafe in South Berwick, ME? How about Robert's Maine Grill in Kittery or Norms in Portland?

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  1. I can't believe most people would be disappointed with a visit to Robert's in Kittery. I've been there a few times in the past year for lunch and have always loved the place. The view out the rear windows is pure Maine coastal, the food is interesting in a delicious way (great salads and sandwiches), and the service has always been spot on. And if you can't finish a meal without dessert but don't want those sometimes very large offerings, here you can get "mini-desserts" for, I think, $3.95. It's now my go-to place in Kittery (Pace, you Bob's Clam Hut folks!!)

    1. I love Roberts Maine Grill in Kittery. It's right in the middle of the outlet stores on US-1 at the location formerly known as the Quarterdeck. I have never had a meal there I didn't like.

      I'm probably an exception and don't like lobster, so I cannot give any recommendation on that.

      The "Roberts" in the name is a formalization of the name of the founder of Bob's Clam Hut across the street, which has been a Kittery institution for over fifty years (a clam shack, but a good one!).

      Recommendations from the menu:

      The oysters from the raw bar are great. They usually have two or three different styles, usually farmed in Maine, but I occasionally see Wellfleet and Long Island oysters there. These come with a mignonette that changes every time I go there, but has always been a great accompaniment.

      The steamed mussels a la Howard (formerly Howard's Mussels) are fantastic. Steamed mussels in a cream sauce with chunks of Italian sausage in it. It's an appetizer, but if you order the larger portion, it makes a great meal.

      Another location in Kittery (away from the outlets) is Loco Coco's Tacos. This is probably my favorite Mexican food in New England. There are two sections to the restaurant. When you first walk in, there is a cafeteria-style walk-up where you can place your order and tables where you can eat it. If you move toward the left, you will find a bar area and another dining area past it where you can get table service (same menu).

      The burritos and tacos are fantastic. The chips and salsa (which costs extra, but you get chips with some of the meals) are also out of this world.

      The place can sometimes be packed; I usually arrive there around 2-3pm and never have trouble finding a seat at the bar or one of the tables.

      Loco Coco's Tacos
      36 Walker St, Kittery, ME 03904

      Roberts Maine Grill
      326 US Route 1, Kittery, ME 03904