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Dining in Waterville Maine Help

snikpmot1 Jul 3, 2010 10:00 AM

I will be in Waterville maine for a couple of days. I need help finding places to eat. Any fine dining or any other suggestions. All help is welcome.

Thanks Snikpmot

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    jackattack RE: snikpmot1 Jul 3, 2010 01:34 PM

    Cancun mexican, downtown, gets good reviews. The Last Unicorn next door, has been a favorite of locals for 25 years or more.
    The Lobster Trap, across the bridge in Winslow is popular for both lunch and dinner...a variety of seafood choices. The little Lucky Panda Chinese restaurant in Winslow is one of the best in a town full of SEVERAL mediocre chinese joints. North Street Dairy Cone is the place to go for several flavors of old-fashioned made-on-the-premises ice cream. Get the tasters cup so that you can try four different flavors.

    Lucky Panda Chinese Restaurant
    1 Cushman Rd, Winslow, ME 04901

    Last Unicorn
    8 Silver Ter, Waterville, ME 04901

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      HDinCentralME RE: snikpmot1 Jul 3, 2010 06:57 PM

      Mainely Brews Tavern (Brewpub).

      Jorgensen's for coffee and moring pastry or sandwiches at lunch.

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        madisoneats RE: snikpmot1 Jul 4, 2010 03:34 AM

        No trip to Waterville is complete without a sandwich pilgrimage to Winslow. Go to Big G's. (dont forget a whoopie pie for dessert)


        Big G's
        581 Benton Ave, Winslow, ME

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        1. re: madisoneats
          the_MU RE: madisoneats Jul 7, 2010 12:45 PM

          The remarkable thing about Big G's is how big the food really is. It's very, very big.

          Big G's
          581 Benton Ave, Winslow, ME

        2. JenBoes RE: snikpmot1 Jul 4, 2010 10:35 AM

          These places are a bit outside of Waterville but are worth checking out:

          http://www.riversidefarmmarket.com in Oakland: I recently ate here for the first time (for lunch) and the meal was very good. The gourmet market was a nice surprise too. Save this one for a nice day because the deck seating overlooking the river makes the experience.

          http://www.aldencamps.com/: This is a camp but guests that are not staying at the camp can make reservations for dinner. This restaurant is our favorite place to take guests visiting us during the summer. The food is quite good and we enjoy having dinner out on the porch. It's BYO.

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            snikpmot1 RE: JenBoes Jul 4, 2010 03:54 PM

            Riverside market sounds up my ally. Will give it a try Thanks

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              jackattack RE: JenBoes Jul 8, 2010 04:19 PM

              Have you been to Alden Camps yet this summer? Our meal there was nowhere near as good as we have had in past summers.

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                JenBoes RE: jackattack Jul 11, 2010 08:56 AM

                We actually went for the lobster bake Friday, and it was not good. The lobster was very overcooked. The mussels were fine, but the side dishes were pretty disappointing also. It wasn't anything like the meals we've had in the dining area. We are having company again in a couple of weeks and plan to take them there (but not to the lobster bake). I'll let you know what we think.

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                  jackattack RE: JenBoes Jul 14, 2010 05:55 PM

                  We had a sad but funny meal there. Service was , well, strange. Entrees were okay but nothing like past years. The fun came at the end. They brought out a list of 7 desserts and two minutes later they came out and crossed one off the list. We ordered key lime pie and they came back and said, "sorry, the pie has not set yet, it's too runny, would you like something else?". Then we ordered chocolate raspberry cake. After five minutes the waitress came back and said "Sorry, but we can't find the chocolate raspberry cake". Huh? "We know it was made, because some of us saw the baker frosting it, but we can't find it anywhere". To which one of us replied "Well, would you like us to go back there and help you look for it?"
                  Hope you have better luck at Alden's Camps, but for now anyway, it's off our list! Can definitely recommend the fried clams or fried Maine shrimp out at Fonzo's, hidden on Route 8 in Norridgewock, however. Thumbs up!

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                    Bob W RE: jackattack Jul 19, 2010 10:49 AM

                    I'll be hitting Fonzo's for lunch with the W brothers on Saturday! Looking forward to some quality fried seafood, followed by ice cream at the nearby North Street Dairy outpost.

                    72 Smithfield Rd, Norridgewock, ME 04957

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                      jackattack RE: Bob W Jul 19, 2010 01:36 PM

                      Just checked and they are open for lunch on Saturdays, but not everyday. Their menu is now online.


                      That place is a trip, with Ma Fonzo at the cash register and Pops Fonzo out doing deliveries. And it appears to be the rest of the Fonzo family in the kitchen frying up the clams, with the kids and grandkids frollicking out back in the pool. Last time I was there, Ma was on the phone telling her potato supplier that he sent her bad potatoes with eyes in them. "How am I supposed to serve people french fries with eyes in them???" He sent her 6 free bags of better potatoes. Have fun!

                      72 Smithfield Rd, Norridgewock, ME 04957

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                        Bob W RE: jackattack Jul 20, 2010 11:18 AM

                        Thanks Jack -- the fried seafood baskets look like a great deal, especially if the fries are good.

                        Gotta love these home-based Mainiac establishments. This reminds me of a place down in Casco called the Burger Barn, which was actually in a barn attached to the owner's house.

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                      JenBoes RE: jackattack Jul 22, 2010 11:23 AM

                      Based on your feedback, we chose not to go back to Alden Camps. Will check out Fonzo's though!

                      72 Smithfield Rd, Norridgewock, ME 04957

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                VTer RE: snikpmot1 Jul 6, 2010 06:31 AM

                There is a great Mexican restaurant in Railroad Square right next to the movie theater. Variety of homemade salsas...I think they even still make their own corn tortillas. Just really yummy. (take a pass on Mr. Gs. unless your goal is just a lot of food)

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                  Peter B Wolf RE: snikpmot1 Jul 22, 2010 03:51 AM

                  Apollo 91 Silver Street , Waterville, Maine 207-872-8736
                  Dinner only Tue – Sat 5:30 – 10:00
                  :. The Bistro Menu
                  First Course
                  Tomato Lentil - Proscuitto Grissini: Cup $4 / Bowl $6
                  Maine Blue Crab Cake - Remoulade, Organic Carrot-Apple Salad: $10
                  Salad of House Cured Duke Pastrami - Mixed Greens, Pear, Medjool Date, Pumpkin Seeds, Maine Maple Vinaigrette: $12
                  Organic Gold Beet Salad - Mesclun, Belgian Endive, Roquefort, Walnuts: $8
                  "Escargot" - Burgundy Snails, Shitake Mushrooms, Garlic, Parsley, Butter Toast: $8
                  Crispy Calamari - Wassabi Mayo, Tomato Ginger Coulis: $8
                  Guava Glazed Pork Belly - Ancho Chile Black Bean Ragout: $8
                  Duck Liver Crostini - Frisee, Cranberry Compote: $7
                  Main Course
                  Grilled Free-Range Chicken Breast - Baby Carrots, Whipped Maine Russets, Herbed Pan Souce: $18
                  Luce's Farm Pork Tenderloin - Croute Rouge, Spaghetti Squash, Calvados Jus: 20
                  Skillet Roasted Scottish Salmon - Baby Spinach, Black Barley Risotto, Citrus-Fennel Salad: $23
                  Pomegranate Glazed Duck Breast- Sauteed Brussel Sprouts with Country Bacon, Maple Whipped Sweet Potatoes: $22
                  Wolfe Neck Farms Grilled Bistro Tender - Chicory, Olive Oil Crushed Potatoes, Salsa Verde: $24
                  Orecchiette (Little Ear Pasta) - Broccoli Rabe, Blistered Tomato, Garlic Sausage, Cannellini: $16
                  Slow-Braized Lamb Shank - Baby Vegetables, Creamy Semolina, Braising Jus: $20
                  All Entrees Served with Fresh Seasonal Salad!
                  We are proud to serve local farmers for all produce. Seafood is from Browne Trading Co. of Portland. Our Lamb, Venison and Pork come from Luce's Meats of N. Anson. Each dish is individually prepared to your order. Please appreciate that this requires a little extra time.

                  Browne Trading
                  260 Commercial St, Portland, ME

                  Black Bean Cafe
                  20 Front St, Rollinsford, NH 03869

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                    jackattack RE: Peter B Wolf Jul 22, 2010 10:42 AM

                    What is "Grilled Bistro Tender"?

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                      otisman RE: jackattack Dec 2, 2010 07:57 AM

                      A check on Google reveals that "Hanger Steak" is also known as "Hanging tender" or "Bistro Steak" or "Bistro Tender". Their choice.

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                        jackattack RE: otisman Jan 19, 2011 11:34 AM

                        So "bistro tender" is what they're now calling the tough hanger steak? Good marketing indeed.

                    2. re: Peter B Wolf
                      Dual RE: Peter B Wolf Dec 1, 2010 03:41 AM

                      Anyone have a report on Apollo 91?

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                        happy tea RE: Dual Jan 19, 2011 12:58 AM

                        Haven't been in a year, but probably the best restaurant in town. The chef is CIA trained, or something like that.

                    3. Dual RE: snikpmot1 Dec 1, 2010 03:43 AM

                      There's an Italian place in the Hannaford's shopping center on Kennedy Drive. Any reports?

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                        happy tea RE: Dual Jan 19, 2011 01:02 AM

                        It's a typical Americanized Italian restaurant. Not my favorite cuisine to begin with, but I have never had a bad meal here, which is saying a lot. The ceasar salad is good - lots of garlic, anchovies. The wine is inexpensive. If it were in any other city, I probably would not eat there, but for H20ville, it's a nice break from the chains.

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