Breakfast, ME, Saturday morning I95 State line to and incl Lewiston/Auburn Recommendations please
Three adults plus 1 - boisterous 9 month old. Don't want to go to far off the beaten path. Would rather not go the standard Perkins/IHOP route but open to any exceptional suggestions. I know there are a few places in Portland that people seem to recommend but I don't want to stray that far off the path. Thanks very much in advance!
In Kittery, and easy to find on the Route 1 traffic circle: Sunrise Grille, nothing fancy, downhome breakfasts done right; just south of it on Route 1: Beach Pea Baking Company.
In York: take exit just before toll, head to Route 1 right at the intersection (stone's throw from 95) is STonewall Kitchen, which has an espresso bar serving breakfast (call to verify hours), head south on 1 for less than a mile, and look for Norma's, a breakfast/lunch cafe in a small strip mall on left .
L/A: Try Holly's Own Deli and Restaurant , Court Street, Auburn. For takeout, you can't go wrong with the pastries from Italian Bakery Products Co., in Lewiston. Not sure whether She Doesn't Like Guthrie's does breakfast, but great spot. (And you're right, when heading to L/A, Portland is off the path; you want to stay on the pike).
Holly's Own Deli
84 Court St, Auburn, ME 04210
I have found that Friendly's, 471 Sabattus Street, Lewiston, ME 04240, to have excellent breakfasts at a decent price. Additionally, it is a family restaurant so your 9 mos. old should be well accepted if this is a worry. They do get busy, so there could be a wait depending on the time you go. The ice cream is really good as well. Here is the link - www.friendlys.com maybe it will help you decide. I guess it could be seen as similar to an IHop, do not know what Perkins is. Maybe someone else can give you a mom and pop style place, if this is what you are looking for, which my hunch says you may be looking for. Keep us posted as to where you go and how you enjoyed the total experience.