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Need Recommendations for the Waldoboro area please

Just rented a house in Waldoboro in August, I know wayyy off, but was just wondering if anyone can suggest anything GREAT in the area!!! Seafood, Steaks, Ethnic, it's WIDE OPEN.
I look forward to your replies!

THANKS!!!

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  1. Morse's for tasty, casual lunch. They also sell their sauerkraut and assorted sausages, pickles, etc., for home munching. They're on Rt 220, a couple miles north of Route 1. And at the corner of Route 1 and 220 is Borealis Breads - great stuff there.

    Nearby, Rockland-Camden area has excellent dining options on all levels. Cafe Miranda in Rockland is casual/eclectic, and the menu is huge. Rockland Cafe is extremely local, with very solid diner-type stuff. Lily Bistro - smallish menu, but everything I've had there was quite good.

    On the way upscale level, there's Primo (Rockland) and Francine Bistro (Camden) - I can't vouch personally for them, but others surely will.

    Enjoy - it's a beautiful area.

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    Cafe Miranda
    15 Oak St, Rockland, ME 04841

    Lily Bistro
    421 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841

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    1. re: harrie

      Don't forget Moody's which is right there.Gotta go even if it's just to say you've been there. :)

    2. Very close to where you'll be, and not often mentioned but definitely worth the effort is Silver Lane Bistro: see my posting from last year http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6378...

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      Silver Lane Bistro
      1 Silver Ln, Warren, ME 04864

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      1. re: mainemal

        Thanks folks!! Keep em coming!!! That Silver Lane Bistro looks GREAT!!! Is it still there???

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        Silver Lane Bistro
        1 Silver Ln, Warren, ME 04864

        1. re: sinned61

          I was wondering the same thing - if the Silver Lane Bistro is still operating. They are excellent, but I thought the owners were retiring and moving.

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          Silver Lane Bistro
          1 Silver Ln, Warren, ME 04864

      2. McKean & Charles (Rte One, Waldoboro) is a nice wine shop which also carries some good deli items (e.g. cheeses, homemade hummus) and gourmet ingredients.

        1. I wholeheartedly agree with Morse's- fantastic. I'm lukewarm on Silver Lane, and stone cold on Moody's . Unless you like cafeteria food. (actually the pies are quite good) The Narrow's tavern (downtown Waldoboro RT220) has consistent food and their draft beer always tastes good. Bullwinkle's/ The Bog is ok too- good BBQ. Can't beat Primo- really truly one of the best dining experiences in all of NE. I'd also look to RT 32- Anchor Inn in Round Pond and Shaw's Wharf are great seafood places right on the water.

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          Anchor Inn Restaurant
          Anchor Inn Rd, Round Pond, ME 04564

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          1. re: kspst

            Just as a note: Shaw's isn't in Round Pond, but further down the peninsula at New Harbor. And not far down Rt. 1 from Waldoboro is Damariscotta, where Damariscotta River Grill is very good indeed.

            1. re: mainemal

              Really appreciating all your replies folks......DON'T STOP!!!

              1. re: mainemal

                I'd choose Muscongus Bay Lobster, which IS in Round Pond, adjacent to the Anchor Inn, over Shaw's or most any other lobster pound.

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                Muscongus Bay Lobster
                28 Landing Rd, Round Pond, ME 04564

            2. I'm not sure of the status of the Dip Net for the upcoming season, but the ride down to Tenant's Harbor is worth. Also take a day trip on the state ferry system out of Rockland to either North Haven or Vinalhaven Islands. DON'T TAKE A CAR. Good grub walking into the villages. (Don't tell anyone I sent ya.)
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6340...

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              Dip Net Restaurant
              1 Cold Storage Rd, Tenants Harbor, ME 04860

              1. Last time I was there, I thought the Montsweag Roadhouse (right near the flea market) could've been a lot worse. That was a couple of years ago though.

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                Montsweag Roadhouse
                942 Us Rte 1, Woolwich, ME

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                1. re: the_MU

                  "Cood've been a lot worse" isn't much of a recommendation, and squares with my experience: pretty ordinary.

                  1. re: mainemal

                    This is in Woolwich, pretty far south from Waldoboro.

                    Montsweag did a good job with grilled meats and fresh seafood when they first opened (or "re-opened" under current owners) a few years ago. Lively bar scene and live music too.

                    I've heard other downhill reports (although the salmon sand I had for lunch last week was good as usual).

                    Chris and Jen also own Five Islands Lobster Co and added The Osprey (Georgetown) and Wiscasset Diner to their fold last year. They may be spread too thin at this point.

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                    Five Islands Lobster Co.
                    1447 Five Islands Rd, Georgetown, ME 04548

                2. In Waldoboro itself, Moody's Diner is THE place for dessert. Their main dishes are fine old New England stuff - I wouldn't say they're bad, they're just nothing special. But the pies! Moody's pies are so good we're serving them at our wedding. You especially want the walnut pie, which is legendary.

                  Probably the best place in the immediate surrounding area is Red's Eats in Wiscasset, which is pretty close by, and would be worth the drive from much further away. This little truck (at the foot of the main bridge in Wiscasset on the south/west side) gets raves for its lobster rolls, which only look expensive until you realize that each one is packed with the meat of more than one whole lobster. Top it with melted butter, of course. I don't think I've ever heard anyone try it and say they've had a better lobster roll anywhere else.

                  But here's the thing about Red's - my fiancée and I don't even like lobster very much, and we still swear by the place. Their fried shrimp are magnificent - a perfect crisp, with an incredibly well balanced spicy cocktail sauce. And the "dough boy" (fried dough with cinnamon sugar) may be the best fried dough I've had anywhere. (If that's not enough fried excess for you, then you want the Puff Dog: a hot dog stuffed with bacon and cheese and then deep fried!) The staff are very friendly and welcoming, too. Only thing about Red's: the lines are LONG, often around the block. If you have rented a house, you can probably manage to get there during the week, and that's what you should do; on the weekend you could easily wait an hour.

                  Finally, in a different vein, I will second Cafe Miranda in Rockland. If you want a break from traditional Maine food and want something spicier, this is your place. Wide-ranging menu of delicious things with various Asian influences, most involving garlic, crispy and fire.

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                  Moody's Diner
                  1885 Atlantic Hwy, Waldoboro, ME

                  Red's Eats
                  Main, Wiscasset, ME 04578

                  Cafe Miranda
                  15 Oak St, Rockland, ME 04841

                  1. There is a new place in Waldoboro....Annie O'Rourkes....on Route One. Atmosphere is fair, but the food is delicious and inexpensive. Good pub food. Owner and staff are very friendly.
                    Morse's is great for lunch...try the kraut balls. Moody's is the best for whoopie pies and 4-berry pie....other than that, the food is less than mediocre.

                    1. Moody's, can't beat it for breakfast, pies, and daily specials. Deb's is similar, but smaller and cheaper, and not as well known.

                      McKeen & Charles, a bit pricey, but excellent selection of wine and especially beer, also sandwiches, cheeses, some meats, etc.

                      Spear's Farm Stand, great spot to pick up local product, nice selection of Maine meats, chix, seafood, etc.

                      Morse's, European specialty deli and cafe, nothing like it anywhere else in Maine. Emphasis on German fare in cafe; lots of Scandinavian finds in market. Renowned for its fresh sauerkraut.

                      Tavern, downtown Waldoboro. Nothing fancy, but reliable. Good pub grub, full bar.

                      New bakery opening soon, or so says sign in window downtown.

                      Damariscotta: Damariscotta Grill (sister of Anchor Inn in Round Pond) is great for seafood.

                      Round Pond: Best lobster-in-the-rough anywhere. Bring your own bottle, salads, breads, etc., snag a picnic table, then order. Two choices: Round Pond Lobster, on right when facing water, lobster and only lobster; Muscongus Bay Lobster, on left, a bit fancier with a few more choices. Can't go wrong with either. Far, far less expensive than Shaw's.

                      Silver Lane Bistro, went once, wouldn't return. Way too in-your-face service; food was so-so at best. And it is for sale.

                      995 Main in Waldoboro. Food is supposed to be pretty good, but menu is limited.

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                      Silver Lane Bistro
                      1 Silver Ln, Warren, ME 04864

                      Anchor Inn Restaurant
                      Anchor Inn Rd, Round Pond, ME 04564

                      Muscongus Bay Lobster
                      28 Landing Rd, Round Pond, ME 04564

                      1. Nobody has mentioned the new place downtown, 995 Main (yes that's the name of the restaurant and, presumably, the address). I haven't been, but maybe somebody here has some thoughts.

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                        1. re: MidCoastMaineiac

                          Still about 5 weeks till we get up to Waldoboro, but I', enjoying and appreciating all your responses.......THANKS and keep em coming!!!

                          1. re: sinned61

                            I should have originally asked about food markets in the area to stock up for the week with provisions etc....anything close by with good quality?

                              1. re: sinned61

                                yes to Beth's, but also Spear's right on Rte. 1 in Waldoboro. Find Vinny's smoked salmon sticks in the coolers--perfect for topping a salad made from farm fixings. Also baked goods, etc. Great market. Stock up on real groceries at the HAnnaford's in Damariscotta, the one in WAldoboro is like stepping into a 1980s IGA.

                              2. re: sinned61

                                We are now 5 days away from our trip to Waldoboro. Has anyone tried Bullwinkles Steakhouse? Is it worth a visit. Just looking for a good steak to give seafood one night off!!!