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Everything in Farmington, ME is horrible.

Just a little warning in case you should find yourself passing through. Keep right on driving...

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  1. Everything? There's not a diner with a good hamburger or slice of pie or a cafe with an interesting chicken salad? Someplace with a good clam chowder? I'm not familiar with the area, but I wonder if while there may not be a gourmet bistro there, maybe there's a nice little mom and pop shop. Just wondering.

    1. Obviously you missed Soup for You, which usually has six homemade soups including vegan, vegie, and gluten-free options. Many are quite creative. I've never had a bad soup or, for that matter, a thin one; they're always thick with ingredients. There's also a new gelato shop downtown that's quite good.

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      1. re: Mainegal

        We ate at Java Joe's Corner Cafe, which was pretty good.

        Is that Gelato Fiasco's stuff shipped up from Brunswick??

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        The Gelato Fiasco
        74 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME

        Java Joe's Corner Cafe
        42 N Main St, Farmington, ME 04938

        1. re: bewley

          Nope, they're making their own, and it's mighty tasty. Glad I'm not in town more often, or it could be dangerous.

        2. re: Mainegal

          Soup For You is pretty horrible. Since it has almost no competition for takeout lunch I guess it can afford to be. At our office we call it "Sucks to Be You."

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          Soup For You
          222 Broadway, Farmington, ME 04938

          1. re: tamerlanenj

            Is Farmington your ex-lover or something? You sound a bit jilted.

            1. re: tamerlanenj

              Guess we have different tastes. I've been purchasing soups there off and on for years, and I've yet to come across a bad one. Most are excellent. I appreciate the opportunity to sample first. And you're the first person I've come across who doesn't like it. What exactly don't you like?

              1. re: Mainegal

                Every single soup, with the exception of the bbq chicken which I enjoy, is totally overpowered with garlic. It's like it's the only way of seasoning they know. I find that to be both clumsy and unpleasant.

                The sandwiches are mediocre, but better than Java Joe's I guess.

                The service is also the epitome of "glacial."

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                Java Joe's Cafe
                98 Central St, Bangor, ME 04401

                1. re: tamerlanenj

                  Haven't had that experience at all. And for as small, order-at-the-counter joint, I have no complaints about service. Never ordered a sandwich, I'm too smitten by the soups. I frequently have one soup for lunch and pick up another to bring home. Like I said, different tastes.

                  1. re: tamerlanenj

                    Absolutely not true. I have never had a soup there that had overwhelming, or even noticeable, garlic. The servers are delightful people, and the sandwiches are real and tasty.

            2. I am sure that the dining scene in Farmington has nosedived since the closing of the (Miss?) Farmington Diner. Now the other restaurants have no standard to try to match. How about Giffords Ice Cream? I could have their coffee shake for three meals a day.

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              1. re: mainahs

                Gifford's is solid, but only open a third of the year!

                There's a new Gelato Place--Wicked Gelato--which I believe is a Franchise partner of Gelato Fiasco in Brunswick. It's also pretty good.

                A new Martini Bar is being built on Front Street next to Nina's....who knows, could be a nice change of pace from beers and Big Buck Hunter at the Front Street Tavern.

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                The Gelato Fiasco
                74 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME

              2. I grew up there and the choice there is weak at best. I worked at Fiddlehead's (now gone) and they had a great menu with really fresh and unique items. My mother also worked at FL Butler's, now the Homestead Bakery, for many years and they also had a pretty solid menu. Did you try the Homestead Bakery? They used to be pretty consistent and my mom worked there for years after FL Butler's was disbanded.

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                Homestead Bakery Restaurant
                186 Broadway, Farmington, ME 04938

                1. " Everything in Farmington, ME is horrible....Just a little warning in case you should find yourself passing through. Keep right on driving..."

                  Driving where?? :-)
                  I guess it's a nice fall foliage are being besides a bunch of beautiful lakes and at the foothills of the mountains.

                  Maybe you should eat at Waterville or Augusta on the way up?

                  As a Chowhound, I must admit that the Homestead Bakery sounds like something I'd definitely try, but then again I've had no reason to visit Farmington!! (Maybe if I get a college job there...)
                  RSW

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                  Homestead Bakery Restaurant
                  186 Broadway, Farmington, ME 04938

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                  1. re: bunnyr

                    Don't be fooled, unless you like food shipped in on a MAC truck and microwaved. Obviously, if that's the case, then you'd make a point to stop in.