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Farmington, ME nice selection for small downtown

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autwilb Jul 27, 2012 08:55 AM

Having lived away for many years now, coming back to Farmington I was concerned about the restaurant selection. But we are very fortunate to have a really great offering for a small downtown. Homestead Bakery offers a very nice selection of American and other worldly cuisines for 3 meals per day, Wicked Gelato is a wonderful place to socialize and have a panini and soup and of course gelato. Soup for You has a fantastic selection of sandwiches and soups and the Thai Smile has delicious thai food and sushi. Farmington House of Pizza and Arkay have terrific pizza, calzones, salads, and sandwiches and then there are pubs with traditional pub food, and BBQ on the outskirts of town at Grant Lees. Java Joe's has a great vibe and is a terrific place for a bagel and coffee. So much to offer for a small town!

Farmington, Maine has a lot to offer and these restaurants the folks that work there are all really fantastic.

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  1. MidCoastMaineiac RE: autwilb Jul 27, 2012 10:28 AM

    Yikes, don't let tamerlanenj see this post...

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/732360

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      jackattack RE: autwilb Jul 29, 2012 03:33 PM

      Fonzo's, between Waterville and Farmington on Route 8 in Norridgewock, has great fried Maine Seafood with fresh-cut fries and even homemade dinner rolls. Lobster rolls, too.

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        autwilb RE: jackattack Sep 6, 2012 01:43 PM

        We will have to check it out some time :) Thank you!

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        lifeasbinge RE: autwilb Aug 6, 2012 04:52 PM

        Um, not so much. I pretty much never go out to eat in Farmington, although I disagree with Tamerlanenj's ridiculous comment that "everything in Farmington is terrible." It's just not nearly as good as I can do at home for a fraction of the price, and "service" is largely a concept that hasn't landed here. Thai Smile has adequate food, when you get it, but the service is dismal. Homestead is dreadful. I like Soup forYou very much. Farmington HOP and Arkay are tolerable. Java Joes' is adequate. Haven't been to GrantLees, not even since they removed the Confederate flag. Not happening. Wicked Gelato is well meaning and pleasant.

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          autwilb RE: lifeasbinge Sep 6, 2012 01:46 PM

          Yes, sometimes the prices are a little out of reach - agreed! But it is nice to have some options when you feel like getting out! Thank you for the reply!

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          autwilb RE: autwilb Sep 6, 2012 01:44 PM

          The Snack Shack behind the Narrow Gauge Cinemas, near Prescott Fields is a great new addition. The food is locally sourced and the stone fired pizza was delicious!

          They offer pizza, burgers, veggie burgers, ice cream, sweet potato fries. The food was all delicious and the prices are excellent. Most things are $5.00 and under.

          Outdoor seating too -

          Well done John Moore - nice addition to the Farmington Community!

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            BuildingMyBento RE: autwilb Sep 6, 2012 02:09 PM

            Don't mean to be too OT, but have you visited Lewiston, ME? Is there a smattering of Somali and Afghani restaurants to be excited about?

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              autwilb RE: BuildingMyBento Sep 7, 2012 06:15 AM

              I drove through Lewiston not so long ago and remember seeing some. I have not visited them yet but I am assuming they are authentic and potentially wonderful!

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              lifeasbinge RE: autwilb Sep 7, 2012 05:04 PM

              I have to say that I had dinner last night at the Dugout which was perfectly OK and not at all unreasonable in price - although getting food took forever - and realized that Farmington actually has a dive bar. That's kind of cool.

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                autwilb RE: lifeasbinge Sep 10, 2012 11:47 AM

                I have heard they have very good hand cut fries. Did you try them?

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                  lifeasbinge RE: autwilb Sep 10, 2012 02:40 PM

                  I did, and they were fine! Also great baked beans.

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                autwilb RE: autwilb Sep 28, 2012 11:15 AM

                Thai Smile is now on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Thaism...

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                  autwilb RE: autwilb Sep 28, 2012 11:18 AM

                  The new Snack Shack - Snack Shack at Prescott Field in Farmington, ME is fantastic!

                  Wood-fired pizza, Wolfe Neck Woods beef burgers, veggie burgers, sweet potato fries, ice cream and more! Narrow Gauge Square

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                    lifeasbinge RE: autwilb Sep 30, 2012 09:49 AM

                    I do indeed hear good reports, and I need to check it out. Thanks for your mention!

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                    autwilb RE: autwilb Jan 23, 2013 01:13 PM

                    Where to for dinner tonight in Farmington, Maine?

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