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Feb 19, 2013 02:13 PM

Mid-coast Maine (Camden)

I am looking for recommendations for great local places in Mid-Coast Maine (around Camden).

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  1. Well, you should probably check the many postings on the subject on this board. With the announcement this a.m. of the regional James Beard Award nominees, two great possibilities would be Francine Bistro in Camden, and Primo in Rockland.

    1. I was looking for casual places that locals frequent, not necessarily fine dining.

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      1. re: smwaksman

        Marriner's Restaurant, downtown Camden (' fried fish and eggs' for breakfast and lobster roll on a hamburger bun for lunch)
        Thorndike Creamery, Rockland (great pizza)
        Park Street Grille Rockland (pub style, menu online daily)
        Dot's Market Lincolnville, (breakfast and lunch sandwiches, good coffee, nice pastries)
        Brass Compass Cafe Rockland (breakfast & salads/sands)
        Home Kitchen Cafe Rockland (breakfast)
        Cappy's Chowder House (downtown Camden), Duo's Takeout (lobster rolls and fish n chips), The Keag Store in South Thomaston (burgers, pizza, subs)
        and of course Wasses Hot Dog Stands.
        (Unfortunately the lobster shacks like Waterman's won't be open yet in May).

        1. re: jackattack

          Jackattack's got a great list here of the casual places. I'd add:

          Rockland Café for breakfast
          Owls Head General Store for burgers
          Come Spring Café in Union for breakfast
          Thomaston Café for breakfast
          The Slipway in Thomaston for fried seafood

          Anywhere along the coast is going to be primarily tourist driven, it's the nature of the area. Property taxes are so high no restaurant can survive on locals alone.

      2. What time of year will you be here? Primo is hands down the best, but not open until May. Long Grain (Thai fusion) is a MUST.

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        1. re: MidCoastMaineiac

          I will be there in May. I am looking for casual places that locals frequent. I get plenty of fine dining in NYC.

          1. re: smwaksman

            We had a fabulous meal at In Good Company in Rockland. It's a fairly small spot. We sat at the bar that is right in front of the one person kitchen. Our meal was served to us by the chef. It was perfect.

            1. re: smwaksman

              1. Primo antipasti bar (Rockland)
              2. Long Grain (Camden)
              3. Shepherd's Pie (Rockport)
              4. 40 Paper - esp. for Happy Hour (Camden)
              5. In Good Company (Rockland)
              6. Francine Bistro (Camden)
              7. Lost Kitchen (Belfast)
              8. Fromviandoux (Camden)
              9. Home Kitchen Cafe (Rockland). A MUST for breakfast!

          2. I agree the Long Grain recommendation, but make sure you make a reservation. 40 Paper is within easy walking distance of Long Grain and offers great happy hour drinks.

            In Good Company is another casual, highly recommendable restaurant.

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            1. re: westie

              And as the OP is from the NYC area here's a link to what the NY Times had to say about Long Grain . It fits in very well with what they're looking for.
              Even though Primo can be considered fine dining, I think upstairs in the bar area can be quite casual. What I always do on my yearly trip is walk the gardens and greenhouses out back before dinner. I think of it as an integral part of the Primo dining experience. In NYC one usually does not get to visit the chickens and pigs that will be on tomorrow's menu just before eating. True farm to table experience.

            2. Locals go to all the recommended restaurants. The more casual local places are: Waterfront restaurant - which this local usually only eats from the bar menu - great hamburgers and mussel platters and salads. Mr. Wats Sushi in Rockport is very casual and quiet - locals love it because it is out of the downtown, good food, good prices - most tourists don't know about it.