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Main Street, Our Town, Ellsworth, Maine.

Passadumkeg Jun 14, 2010 08:05 AM

Ellsworth is often by passed by folks in a hurry to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. I really like a lot of the food options on the Main drag and evirons of my home town. Cleonise is a Mediterranean bistro and locovore restaurant w/ great lunch specials, tapas bar and raw bar on Thursdays. Further up the hill is Jonathon Edwards health food store, wine shop and art gallery downstairs. We love this place. Sandwiches to go, breads and cheeses, organic meats and veggies, and a fine wine selection all in a very pleasant atmosphere. Finn's Irish Pub w/ Irish/Maine fare and a fine brunch on the weekends. The bar was once an old wooden diner that has been roofed over intact. Just up from Finn's is The Maine Grind, a local internet cafe w/ great coffees, teas and sandwiches(Karen's Cafe is another internet cafe located inside Mr Paperback). Across the street is Sugar & Spice Bakery w/ excellent pies, donuts, pastries and breads. Further down the hill is The Riverside Cafe w/ very good crab omelets or quiche and bloody Marys for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and it is open on weekend evenings w/ entertainment for inexpensive American fare. Over the river and through the woods on the left is Rooster Brothers, Ellsworth's gourmet cook ware shop and the closest thing we have to a deli downstairs; w/ fresh roasted in house coffees. Behind Rooster Brother's is Ellsworth's own water front lobster and seafood restaurant, the Union River Lobster Pot w/ full service bar and outside waterside dining.
A little further afield on High Street, Ellsworth's all American version of chain restos and strip malls, is Martha's Diner, tucked in the strip mall near Reny's, with great breakfast and lunches. On the opposite side of High Street in the parking lot of Town motors is a food wagon, The Dog House w/ chile dogs, hand formed burgers, hand dipped onion rings and lobster rolls. Heading out of town is The Hill Fire Grill, a decent pub w/ local brews and pub food. Further up High (aka Rt. #) is one of Maine's most famous local chains, Pat's Pizza, w/ pretty good pizza, chicken parm. & meatball sandwiches and bar. Very reasonable dining, a real local place. Just a few hundred yards further is Crazy Dave's BBQ in the parking lot of the show store. Good Q for above the Mason Dixon Line. Finally, if heading north on Rt. 1, immediately on the left is Finelli's Pizza, maybe the best NY style pizza in the state and a good selection of draft beers. Further 1 up is The Bangkok w/ ok Thai food. A very famous local institution, Jordan's, is about a mile further up 1. Excellent clam rolls. The Wednesday night antique car drive in and C&W dance is a hoot and a half! BYOB too. For a town w/ only 9 k year round residents, not too bad.

Finelli Pizzeria
12 Downeast Hwy, Ellsworth, ME 04605

Pat's Pizza
396 High St, Ellsworth, ME 04605

Jordan's Snack Bar
Hancock Rd, Ellsworth, ME 04605

Martha's Diner
151 High St, Ellsworth, ME 04605

112 Main St, Ellsworth, ME 04605

Union River Lobster Pot
8 South St, Ellsworth, ME 04605

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    mainemal RE: Passadumkeg Jun 14, 2010 08:38 AM

    'keg, this is great! Super summary of a neighborhood. I love Cleonice, but didn't know about many of the others, and it's always good to know where to get a decent donut! My only disagreement would be re: Pat's, but then all the franchise versions are pale imitations of the Orono original.

    112 Main St, Ellsworth, ME 04605

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      Passadumkeg RE: mainemal Jun 14, 2010 09:01 AM

      Notice my comments about Pat's were not of the superlative. But it is inexpensive and not too far from our home. When my brother was here, he loved it and we spent a lot of time in the bar. Fond memories. Notice I left Jaspers, The Mex and China Hill off the list. I haven't been to Jasper's since they stopped their Wed. night $5.95 all-you-can-eat liver & onions. 'Nuff said.

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      mollydingle RE: Passadumkeg Jun 14, 2010 10:08 AM

      Ayuh, the days of the Jasper's GOOD food cheap are gone by the wayside. We won't be travelling Down East too much anymore, but it's always good to hear local favorites are doing well.
      Is Wasses in Belfast still there?

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        Passadumkeg RE: mollydingle Jun 14, 2010 10:23 AM

        Yes and the original in Rockland.

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        HDinCentralME RE: Passadumkeg Jun 14, 2010 01:59 PM

        Both Cleonice and Finelli's are "must stops" each time we're up that way.

        112 Main St, Ellsworth, ME 04605

        1. Passadumkeg RE: Passadumkeg Jun 16, 2010 05:34 AM

          I forgot Luigi's for decent Italian on Rt 3 (The old Bankok location.) Do not, I repeat, do not eat at China Hill!

          1. vbm RE: Passadumkeg Jun 17, 2010 05:34 AM

            Clionice and Finelli"s are worth a detour but since are so conveniently on the main route through the area that is not necessary.

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              delong99 RE: Passadumkeg Jun 18, 2010 09:06 AM

              I grew up in Ellsworth and it's come a LONG way - although nothing could beat those onion rings an pizza from the Hilltop!

              We love the cinnamon roll french toast @ Riverside - they sometimes have it on special and it's not to be missed.

              1. groaker RE: Passadumkeg Jun 25, 2010 12:01 PM

                A bowl of crab stew and a slice of banana cream pie at Helen's makes a fine lunch (or occasionally, in my case at least, a mid-afternoon snack). And you forgot to mention Giant Sub, or perhaps that was intentional. Both have decent, reasonably priced food for families with kids, and seniors on a budget will be quite comfortable at Helen's.

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                  Passadumkeg RE: groaker Jun 25, 2010 07:11 PM

                  The omission of Ellsworth Giant Sub was an honest error. I've take our kids there for many a sub, but it is still not Atlantic City. Helen's and Jaspers were purposeful omissions. I find the Ellsworth Helen's inferior to the Machias one. They are now under different ownership.
                  Another oversight was Global Beverage Warehouse, on the corner of Myrick & Rt. 3, the Bar Harbor Rd. The best selection of local and imported beers in Ellsworth and a quite good wine selection, for the area.
                  Reviews by Beer Advocate:

                  Ellsworth Giant Sub
                  Bar Harbor Rd, Ellsworth, ME 04605

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                    dwharff RE: Passadumkeg Jun 26, 2010 05:52 PM

                    Posted this on another thread........
                    Sorry I missed you on my trip up there Keg. Too much to do and too little time. I did check out Tracey's in Sullivan, where Dad had a lobster roll which he loved and i had haddock burger. Also sweet potato pancakes at Martha's were quite good, though when I pointed out to the waitress that my side of corned beef hash was from a can, she told me I was the first person she knew who had noticed that. I hope to get up there agin this summer. We will get a bite together and I will come bearing Taylor's Pork Roll and scrapple!

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                      Passadumkeg RE: dwharff Jun 27, 2010 04:46 AM

                      I always ask in the hash is home made. Hard to find fresh hash. Honestly, the corned beef hash at Chester Pike's Galley in Sullivan is far and away the best I've ever eaten.
                      And the lobster Benedict should be illegal. Only on the weekends, though. Get there early or be prepared to wait in line.

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