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May 23, 2011 11:53 AM

Boston to Midcoast Maine...interesting stops along the way?

Headed to Rockland, ME for the long weekend and am hoping to get some suggestions for food/sights along the way. I'm going to go up 95 to Brunswick, then go coastal. I'm interested in coastal recs (not Portland/Brunswick stuff). I'm staying at a B&B in Rockland, and have reservations for Sat. night at Primo. Looking for both high and low end establishments of any genre. Damariscotta oysers anywhere or other good seafood places? Shacks, etc. Also, any good cocktail or microbrew places?

Thanks much!

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  1. Not sure how much "coastal" you're going to experience between Brunswick and Rockland. Do you mean that you're willing to veer off the path and head out onto peninsula's like Harpswell or Boothbay? Or are you looking along Route 1?
    Red's Eats in Wiscasset has the famous monster lobster roll, and Sea Basket in Wiscasset has pretty good fried seafood and decent chowdah.

    Sea Basket
    303 Bath Rd, Wiscasset, ME

    Red's Eats
    Main, Wiscasset, ME 04578

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    1. re: jackattack

      That's right. It depends on how far off of Route 1 you are willing to go on the drive up (there are lots of places down on the peninsulas).

      Are you specifically asking about places along the way, OR places in the greater Rockland area once you get here? Or both?

      1. re: MidCoastMaineiac

        I'm willing to go off Rt. 1 for something very good/interesting, but mostly just wondering about Rt. 1. I was thinking of stopping in Damariscotta for lunch.

        1. re: uman

          Damariscotta is a pretty town, definitely worth a stop. I would recommend either the Damariscotta River Grill or the Newcastle Publick House (technically in Newcastle, but right on the edge of the main drag in Damariscotta). After lunch get some ice cream at Round Top.

          Newcastle Publick House
          52 Main St, Newcastle, ME 04553

          1. re: MidCoastMaineiac

            What are your thoughts on King Eider's Pub? Ice cream at Round Top or Pie at Moody's Diner(which I've never been to)?

            1. re: uman

              I like King Eider's ok enough, but I'm usually salivating for the jerk chicken wings at Newcastle Publick House when passing thru Damariscotta, so we usually stop there.

              You can get Round Top elsewhere in the state if you desire...so, as you are a tourist doing the "Maine thing", it's probably obligatory to get some pie at Moody's.

              Newcastle Publick House
              52 Main St, Newcastle, ME 04553

              1. re: MidCoastMaineiac

                Yes, I'm a born n' raised Mainiac living in Boston doing the tourist thing because I've spent zero time in the Midcoast area. While I'm sure the jerk chicken is great, I'm looking for seafood, raw oysters in particular. I forget how I stumbled upon King Eider's but it somehow drew me in. Although if another place has a better raw bar, or seafood selection, I'm down with that.

                1. re: uman

                  You could always do my other suggestion, the Damariscotta River Grill...they do lunch, and would definitely have some Pemaquids (as well as many other seafood options). I just went to the King Eider website, they DO have any oyster bar too. I'm sure you won't go wrong either way on that front...


    2. On the really ugly stretch of Rte 1 leading into Brunswick (aka Pleasant St) you will find Lion's Pride, which has one of the best beer lists in the state.

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          Enjoy your trip!