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Brunswick/Portland bkfst, lunch AND dinner

stackm Feb 9, 2011 07:36 AM

Husband and I will fly in and out of Portland , so we need suggestions for one weekday lunch and one weekday breakfast. We are seafood nuts, and very interested in the locavore Portland scene.
Then we will be in Brunswick for several breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Close to Bwowdoin is best, but we can drive 20 minutes or so for a really worthwhile meal.
Thank you in advance for any Chowhound guidance.

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    mainemal Feb 9, 2011 07:50 AM

    For a start on Portland, scroll down just a bit to http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/764794
    where you'll find links to a number of recent threads. For Brunswick, don't miss dinner one night at El Camino: locally sourced, beautifully-cooked "California" style Mexican (although I think they're on vacation the week of February 21).

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    1. re: mainemal
      stackm Feb 9, 2011 08:03 AM

      yes thanks, I did read all those threads but was hoping for more targeted local knowledge, especially for Brunswick. Chowhounders have always come through, so I'm hopeful for some additional guidance.

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        bobbert Feb 9, 2011 08:29 AM

        Lunch only in Portland eliminates some of the go-to seafood choices but here's a few within a couple of blocks of each other on Commercial St. In the Old Port: J's Oyster - an institution with an interesting mix of people. You can easily find yourself sitting between a lawyer and a lobsterman. Good local vibe. Old Port Sea Grill and Raw Bar - great bar dining and, when I'm looking for a well cooked, fresh and simple piece of fish, I go here. Haven't been but have heard good things about The Salt Exchange. Enjoy.

        J's Oyster
        5 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101

        The Salt Exchange
        245 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101

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      HDinCentralME Feb 9, 2011 08:31 AM

      Hole in the wall breakfast place long walk/short drive from Bowdoin...Jen's Place on Stanwood Street.

      Good homemade hash. Inexpensive.

      I second El Camino for locally-sourced Cal/Mex. Dinner only.

      1. the_MU Feb 9, 2011 08:46 AM

        In Brunswick: Athena Trattoria is highly worthwhile; Backstreet Bistro; El Camino as previously noted -- all of these are dinner only. If you like beer, check out Lion's Pride, but don't get too excited about food there. Lilee's does burgers and good beer sans giant teevees.

        Lunch... Flipside Pizza does really good slices. Wild Oats Bakery (Tontine Mall) has large sandwiches, soup, quiche. Frontier is a great place to sit overlooking the falls, with ok food, but a little pricey for what it is. Bombay Mahal does lunch buffet. Morse's does clamshack ok; lousy onion rings though. I hear there's a really great fried seafood place out past Cook's Corner toward Harpswell, but I haven't been.

        If you like food, avoid Sea Dog.

        If you get a chance go to Frosty's Donuts. They close early.

        Bombay Mahal
        99 Maine St, Brunswick, ME 04011

        Wild Oats Bakery & Cafe
        149 Maine St, Brunswick, ME 04011

        111 Maine St, Brunswick, ME 04011

        1. Passadumkeg Feb 9, 2011 08:56 AM

          If you are going to be in Brunswick in Mid May, The Robinhood Free Meeting House is just a shrot drive and a very special place.

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          1. re: Passadumkeg
            mainemal Feb 15, 2011 06:52 AM

            Haven't eaten there recently, but I think RFM has gone downhill now that the chef has moved to Captain Daniel Stone (see below!)

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            delong99 Feb 9, 2011 09:28 AM


            No 10 Water at the Captain Daniel Stone Inn is good. They have a pizza special on Tuesday nights and a Sunday brunch. Discounts for Bowdoin students, parents & faculty I think. "Like" them on Facebook and you get daily updates on specials, goings on, etc.

            No 10 Water
            10 Water St, Brunswick, ME 04011

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              stackm Feb 9, 2011 01:53 PM

              thank you all...sounds as though I have some good choices for our trip the last week in Feb (afraid El Camino will be closed)

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              1. re: stackm
                mainemal Feb 15, 2011 06:54 AM

                Another possibility, about 15 minutes south down Rt. 1, is Conundrum, a decent bistro, but if it's that sort of food you're interested in, I agree that Solo Bistro in Bath (about the same distance) is probably better.

                Solo Bistro
                130 Front St., Bath, ME 04530

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                hitpas Feb 10, 2011 08:43 AM

                In Brunswick, The Frontier Cafe in Fort Andross is a lovely for lunch. Gorgeous view of the river.

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                  MangiaMuse Feb 15, 2011 04:20 PM

                  I second Frontier for lunch, perhaps a movie, too. Fabulous gelato at Gelato Fiasco. Wild OATS has great soups, baked goods, sandwiches, a few hot main courses. Great little movie theater in the Tontine right near Wild OATS. Also, we like Bacari, which is right across from the Bowdoin campus.
                  Lots of yummy eats in Freeport, like either restaurant at the Harraseeket Inn (Broad Arrow Tavern is more informal), which has a varied menu, lots of seafood, and prides itself in local cuisine. Veggies there come a Freeport organic farm (Laughing Stock Farm), and they list all their local suppliers on the menu. Jacqueline's Tea Room has a wonderful traditional tea/lunch (reservations only), Azure Cafe is great Italian and local cuisine for lunch or dinner, including seafood. There are lots of threads about Freeport.

                  The Gelato Fiasco
                  74 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME

                  Jacqueline's Tea Room
                  201 Main St, Freeport, ME 04032

                  Harraseeket Inn
                  162 Main St, Freeport, ME 04032

                  212 Maine St, Brunswick, ME 04011

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                    jackattack Feb 15, 2011 04:57 PM

                    Mae's Bakery Cafe in Bath for breakfast, or the Broadway Deli in Brunswick.

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                      stackm Feb 24, 2011 09:40 AM

                      Just now finishing an excellent lunch at J's on Old Port...the" small"bucket of steamers was large hot and sweet ...lobster roll and lobster stew chockful of tender lobster meat...excellent local vibe on the water ...thx

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