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Where to eat in Rockport/Camden with a baby in tow

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Fukui San Sep 22, 2011 06:55 PM

I'm a longtime visitor to the Rockport area who will be visiting there for a few days next week. (Monday and Tuesday - Primo will be closed, I checked) For the first time we'll be bringing a baby along with us, and I'm wondering which restaurants may still be a good dining experience while having to potentially deal with a crying 3 month old. We'll probably go have earlyish dinners, both for our sake and for that of the other diners.

A lunch at Waterman's will take care of one slot. But where else should we go that won't be disastrous if the baby cries a little? Prism? In Good Company? Cafe Miranda? The new (to us) Bella Vita at Samoset, where we're staying?

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Cafe Miranda
15 Oak St, Rockland, ME 04841

In Good Company
415 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841

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  1. MidCoastMaineiac Sep 23, 2011 07:48 AM

    FYI - Waterman's closes for the season on Sep 25.

    With crying baby...that's a tough one. I'll be honest, I've never seen kids at In Good Company. I'm sure Bella Vita would be ok...but I wasn't SUPER excited about the food. It is a great setting though. Of the places you mention, I think Miranda is probably the most appropriate...it has a more casual vibe...and it's fairly loud...so a crying baby could blend in. And, like Prism, you could sit outside if early/nice enough.

    I mean, are you looking for serious upscale chow, or just places with good food? For example, Home Kitchen Cafe in Rockland would be a good choice for breakfast/lunch.

    BTW, the subject header should be where to eat in Rockland/Rockport/Camden since a sizeable number of the recs would be from Rockland.

    And I appreciate the original (and still the best) Iron Chef reference.

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    In Good Company
    415 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841

    Home Kitchen Cafe
    650 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841

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    1. re: MidCoastMaineiac
      MidCoastMaineiac Sep 23, 2011 07:50 AM

      Forgot to mention, I think the Slipway in Thomaston (for seafood, esp. fried seafood) would be an appropriate kid-friendly replacement for Watermans.

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        Fukui San Sep 23, 2011 03:16 PM

        Thanks. How about Shepard's Pie? I haven't been there yet, but the mentions on this board have been great.

        It doesn't have to be upscale, but our favorite part of trips to Maine have been the great food.

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          MidCoastMaineiac Sep 24, 2011 01:02 PM

          Shepherd's Pie is great but again I'm just not sure about a 3 month old...I've been there many times and have never seen a baby. Although, I suppose if you go early enough almost anywhere...you can probably get away with it.

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      crawfish Sep 26, 2011 09:58 AM

      I think the key thing here is how you handle a crying a baby. When my son was a baby we went to nicer restaurants but at the first threat of noise we took him outside to deal with it. Yes, this meant we sometimes had to take turns eating but we really didn't want to disturb the other customers. And try to sneak in dinner when the baby is sleeping peacefully in the car seat. Everyone will enjoy it a lot more.

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        Fukui San Sep 27, 2011 06:25 PM

        Arrived in Rockland on Monday at 7. We were pretty tired and didn't want to have to drive and find a place, so we went to the Samoset's restaurant La Bella Vita. As a dining setting, it really can't be beat. We sat on the patio in a corner, fairly away from other diners, and we were able to sit on a comfy couch with the baby between us for a while. It more than made up for the food being only OK.

        Lunch on Tuesday was complicated by the fact that many restaurants use Tuesday as their off day. Home Kitchen, Prism Glass, and the Slipway were all closed. It took me having to search all of Maine in OpenTable for a reservation to figure out that the Lily Bistro was open for lunch. The food was good but took a long time to get to us, using up 25 minutes of good, quiet behavior from our baby daughter. By the time the food came, I had taken her to the sidewalk, swinging her in the carseat to get her to sleep as she had started fussing. Lily being such a small, casual place it was no problem to manage the baby during the meal, occasionally taking her outside if she needed calming. Good lunch, but it shouldn't have taken us a half hour to get a salad with steak and a fried green tomato sandwich.

        For dinner we showed up to Cafe Miranda at 5. The food came super quickly, which was great. We both liked our dishes, pork chop with apples and great mashed potatoes and pierogies. The baby was fairly well behaved, but again started fussing when the food came. This time my wife brought her outside to rock her to sleep. Luckily it didn't take long, and her dish was still warm when she got back. Cafe Miranda being as casual as it is, the baby wasn't a problem, at least that early in the evening. Honestly, we might try there again tomorrow.

        All in all, eating out with the baby has been fairly successful. She was reasonably well behaved, and the places we chose were conducive for having a baby with us. People in all of the places we ate seemed to like having the baby around. She is quite the charmer. We're staying in town an extra night, so hope it holds up.

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        Cafe Miranda
        15 Oak St, Rockland, ME 04841

        Home Kitchen Cafe
        650 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841

        Lily Bistro
        421 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841

        1. re: Fukui San
          MidCoastMaineiac Sep 28, 2011 05:45 AM

          Hey..that's great...if nothing else that extra day will allow you to perhaps try Home Kitchen and/or the Slipway. Rustica is another good option on Main street (Rockland).

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          Rustica
          315 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841

          Home Kitchen Cafe
          650 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841

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            crawfish Oct 1, 2011 08:03 AM

            I'm glad you've had success so far. Dining out with babies is actually easier at this age so make the most of it. When they learn to crawl they aren't so happy in the car seat or high chair and when they learn to walk you just have to give up for a few years. :)

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