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Aug 17, 2010 04:50 PM

BEST OGUNQUIT Seafood Restaurants

We will be visiting Ogunquit for 4 days
What are your favorite resonable dinner spots for a family with teenagers ?

We dont mind driving 15min to avoid tourist traps

Thanks in advance

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  1. We stayed at the Dunes and headed north to Mike's Clam Shack on Rt 1 in Wells. It's a big family type place and perhaps you might consider it a tourist trap. They move a lot of people thru BUT we had the best fried clams and scallops we've ever had. The batter was different from what we are used to, more crumb-y. We went back the next day for their mid-day lobster special which came with a very large serving of french fries. It was June, might not be $12.95 for a lobster dinner at this time of year. We've eaten a lot of clams and scallops over the years and Mike's were the best. I actually got a lobster roll and chowder the first night while DH had the fried clams and scallops (fortunately he was willing to share). I thought the chowder was great.

    Mike's Clam Shack
    RR 1, Wells, ME 04090

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    1. re: dfrostnh

      We'll be staying at the Dunes in a few weeks... what else is good nearby? Thanks.

      1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

        Sorry, we were there only 2 nights. The 2nd night we went to a place that we didn't like as much as Mike's. The name escapes me.
        You'll probably like Sundaes at the Beach on Rt 1 but I highly recommend a trip to Portland for MDI ice cream on Extension St in the Old Port area. Flavors you've never heard of. Worth the trip unless you're the vanilla soft serve type.

        Sundaes at the Beach
        231 Post Road, Wells, ME

        Old Port Cafe
        111 Main St, Winterport, ME 04496

        1. re: dfrostnh

          My trip to MDI in Porltand was a bust, everything we tried was not very good, the ice cream texture was icy and annoying...perhaps they haven't gotten their machinery all up to par yet or something. I'll stick to Len Libby's in Scarborough for now, thank you.

          As for the original question, seafood near Ogunquit, Fisherman's Catch in Wells is pretty good and the Maine Diner is always a popular spot with teenagers, huge menu (find it online). Wildcat Pizza in York is good, and Wild Willy's burgers is good, too. Angelina's in Ogunquit got a good review here on Chowhound recently, too, but I haven't been.

          Maine Diner
          2265 Post Rd, Wells, ME 04090

          Fisherman's Catch Restaurant
          Landing Rd Lowr Lowr, Wells, ME 04090

          Wildcat Pizza
          1 York St Ste 3, York, ME 03909

          1. re: jackattack

            Sorry the MDI ice cream wasn't good. We visited June 11.

    2. I'm not sure of your dates for your visit to Ogunquit but you could try Billy's chowder house on mile rd. in wells ,very good. You could try Cape Neddick Lobster Pound ,on Rt.1A headed south on the shore road toward York, ( Give either of these a try I don't think you will be disappointed

      Cape Neddick Lobster Pound
      Shore Rd, Cape Neddick, ME 03902

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      1. re: Earle

        Recently had two bad meals at both these restaurants, which I used to like. Below-average food and appalling service.

        1. re: Earle

          re: Earle
          Big endorsement of the Cape Neddick Lobster Pound. Room for a crowd but you won't feel imposed on for a couple or small group. Now the the real reason: food, mainly lobster but other good seafood too. We have gone there a few times and have no complaints. Interesting view of the tidal pond just outside the dining room window too.

          Cape Neddick Lobster Pound
          Shore Rd, Cape Neddick, ME 03902

        2. Bluewater Inn

          Save your money and AVOID !!!!!!!!
          The ambiance is as bad as the food

          1. Just returned from Ogunquit and had some great food, so I thought I'd post. We went to Barnacle Billy's our first day... I had wanted to try the Lobster Shack but parking was horrible and BB's had the distinction of free valet parking, so we went with that. It was a great first meal in Maine for us and we got to sit outside on the deck and enjoy the beautiful weather. The lobster roll was pretty small, but good, I thought, with a good ratio of lobster to mayo and recognizable lobster chunklets, and we also had a huge pile of steamed clams (yum) and clam chowder (very good). We got ice cream at BB's, which I think was Gifford's brand, average, huge scoops, standard flavors.

            Our second day we ventured to Kennebunk to eat, where we had an EXCELLENT dinner at 50 Local after an appetizer of clam chowder from the Clam Shack (mmm). I'll post a more detailed review on the 50 Local thread, but suffice it to say that though this place lacks the water view of BB, the lobster roll was incredible, as was the lobster carbonara. I highly, highly recommend this place and wish I'd had time to return. We had ice cream at Sundaes on the beach when we came back and I had peach and chocolate almond, both great.

            Our last night we went to Lobster Cove because we wanted to check out York (and Brown's ice cream!) and it is in a really nice location, separated from the ocean by a stone's throw, and while it wasn't spectacular, I got to eat a whole lobster for the first time, which was pretty exciting for me, though if I ever did it again I would want to be outside! This would be a nice place for families. It's casual and reasonably priced. The clam strips were not so great though, mostly breading. Brown's ice cream was fabulous and we loved the drive from LC to Brown's and seeing the lighthouse on the way. The scoops are enormous. I wanted two flavors (Danish cream and chocolate oreo) but you have to get a large to do so... it was the size of my head.

            On our way out we stopped at Bread and Roses for some goodies, along with the Harbor candy shop. The whoopie pie we got at B&R is not great (rather dry) but the cinnamon puff (a muffin rolled in cinnamon sugar) was terrific. Candies are delicious! We got lunch at Bob's, which I had been hemming and hawing about, because I know some people call it touristy. This is the one place I wouldn't return to. Of the three lobster rolls I had, this was the least impressive... it had a weird flavor. But the haddock was amazing. Lightly battered and fried, it was tender and flaky inside. The lobster stew had huge chunks of lobster and was very tasty.

            There are so many places to eat in this area you really can't make a dent in one trip! One of many reasons to return.

            Barnacle Billy's
            50 70 Perkins Cove Rd, Ogunquit, ME

            Lobster Shack
            110 Perkins Cove Rd, Ogunquit, ME 03907

            Clam Shack
            2 Western Ave, Kennebunk, ME 04043