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Lunch on Route Between Boston and Augusta, ME

Albie Aug 14, 2012 11:30 AM

Travelling from Boston to Augusta. We will not have a ton of time so something relatively close to 95. We thought about the Clam Box in Ipswich, MA but were hoping for something even more convenient. Not sure we can get in and out of the Portland hot spots in under an hour. We eat everything.

  1. Joanie Aug 14, 2012 12:59 PM

    We had a good plate of fried clams at Ken's in Scarborough then ice cream at Bailey's on the same road, 10 min off 95.

    1. m
      Mainegal Aug 14, 2012 04:40 PM

      If you take 295 off the pike (actually faster than staying on the turnpike), you'll pass right through Portland, Yarmouth, and Freeport, and also edge Brunswick. If you avoid the Old Port/Waterfront, you can probably easily get in and out of Portland. In Freeport, the Broad Arrow Tavern does an expansive lunch buffet in addition to its menu, and it's an easy shot off the second Freeport exit.

      1. j
        jackattack Aug 14, 2012 05:07 PM

        Day's Take out just off 295 between Yarmouth and Freeport, quick and delicious. Picnic tables in the back, and Classic Custard Frozen Custard across the way afterwards. You'll have about a half hour drive to Augusta after lunch.


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        1. re: jackattack
          Bob W Aug 19, 2012 12:12 PM

          Day's is a great call. The location is almost too good. You see it and think, gotta be a tourist trap. But it's the real deal. They built their rep on the local crabmeat, and while the crab rolls are good, we preferred the lobster rolls. Daughter Sophie W gave a big thumbs up to the fried haddock nuggets too.

          Regarding the crabmeat, I think I've become spoiled living in the midatlantic region for so long. You just can't beat blue crabs.

        2. MidCoastMaineiac Aug 15, 2012 07:15 AM

          Definitely take 295 through Portland...it's quicker. That does open up Portland to you, which has alot of great options.

          I'll take flack from at least half of you, but I'm unapologetic about my love for Bob's Clam Hut in Kittery. You would think that it being Maine it's easy to find great fried seafood. Not true. And Bob's does it right...lightly battered and not overdone. And great shoestring onion rings to boot. I think some people give it a bad rap because it's in the middle of strip mall outlet hell...but it's worth it in my opinion. Might be a little pricier...but I'd rather pay an extra couple bucks for good fried seafood.

          FYI, they just won (again) the NECN Best Fried Clams in New England.


          1. c
            cringle22 Aug 15, 2012 07:58 AM

            POPEYES - right off the Maine Tpke Ogunquit service station! Northbound only

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            1. re: cringle22
              bobbert Aug 15, 2012 11:51 AM

              I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit it but I hit up Popeyes when my wife isn't with me - she would veto it. It's actually the kennebunk service area. As much as I try to direct as many visitors as possible to Portland, unless the planets were to align perfectly, you would be hard pressed to do anything in town in under an hour if you were to add crowds, parking, etc. so I'll second Day's in Freeport. The food is very good. The view is good. And there is probably no place quicker and easier off and back on the highway, excluding Popeye's of course.

            2. l
              lenorel57 Aug 21, 2012 10:58 AM

              Yes,bobs clam hut is great for clams. If you want lobster roll there is reds eats on rte 1 in wescasset about 20 miles north of portland. I don't know how convenient that is to 95' but it's worth a tr

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              1. re: lenorel57
                bobbert Aug 21, 2012 03:20 PM

                Not on the way to Augusta. Would add a lot of time to the trip and I'm not including the wait at Red's.

                1. re: bobbert
                  lenorel57 Aug 21, 2012 06:19 PM

                  I guess I have no sense of direction. I'm just focused on food.

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