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Jul 2, 2013 06:39 PM

Looking for quickish (but good) eats off 95/295 in Maine

My husband and I will be on our way up from MA to Augusta this weekend and would love to stop by and try something we don't usually get to.

We don't have a lot of time for a sit down restaurant but wondering if there are any good shops/roadside places that might be worth checking out.

Is Holy Donut in Portland worth a stop? My husband isn't crazy about donuts so we're also looking for a clam shack/ice cream stand/and kind of easy eat type place.


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  1. Libby's Market in Brunswick

    1. Day's is right off 295 in Yarmouth, and despite its absurdly convenient location has very good lobster and crab rolls, fried fish, etc.

      You can eat at the picnic tables out back, overlooking the salt marsh.

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        1. re: LeRique

          Yes, very few places are as convenient and food is pretty good. I don't know how quick it is but the former owner of Fisherman's Grill in Portland is now the owner of Jameson Tavern in Freeport - near LL Bean - and I hear the lobster rolls and fried clams are as good as his previous location.

      1. Holy Donut is definitely worth the stop, if you like donuts! Your husband can sit in the car and pout--

        If you have your heart set on something seafood shack-y and only want to make one stop, places like the Fisherman's Grill or Susan's Fish and Chips are relatively accessible from the Holy Donut.

        Also, with the wet weather forecasts for this weekend you might not want to eat at a picnic table/fill your car with the smell of fried clams. Table service in Portland is relatively quick if you stay out of tourist areas like Commercial St/the Old Port, too--you could head up to restaurants in arts district like Pai Men Miyake/LFK/Local 188. Eating at the bar is your best bet for speed--

        Local 188 also has a parking lot behind the building for its diners--

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        1. re: sultanaboudreau

          I am a huge Fisherman's Grill fan, the only caution would be that unless they have changed their system with the change in ownership, it could get pretty backed up, and the OP might run into time constraints.

          1. re: Bob W

            Fisherman's Grill is still excellent with the new ownership.
            Susan's has gone downhill.
            Local 188 is great..
            Miss Portland Diner is another place and just off Exit 7..
            Holy Donut is worth a stop.
            Dogfish Cafe is another great lunch spot just off the highway.

            1. re: irwin

              I will second Irwin's report on FG. New owner is a nice guy, and the food is outstanding.

              First reports from Jameson's Tavern in Freeport (former FG owner) are very good too. I walked by it but it was not good timing for a meal.

          2. re: sultanaboudreau

            Sultanaboudreau, since you mention both Fisherman's Grill and Susan's, a question. If I can go to only one on a trip to Portland, which one would you suggest for a lobster or whole belly clam roll, and for chowder?

            1. re: BoNapateet

              You didn't ask me but its such an easy question. Of those two, Fisherman's Grill, hands down.

              1. re: BoNapateet

                agreed with bobbert!! Def. fisherman's grill--

                1. re: BoNapateet

                  FG is world class, but just be forewarned, you're going their for the food, not the view of Forest Avenue.

                  1. re: BoNapateet

                    ...and a couple hints to eating at Fisherman's Grill.
                    Cash only. There is a Bank a few doors down with an ATM.
                    There is also an ATM at RSVP also a few doors down. Not that RSVP has a better ATM, but RSVP does have a great selection of liquor, wine and one of the best, if not the best, selection of Maine beers that you're ever going to find in one place. There are a lot in the cooler so you can order, walk a few doors down, pick up a nice local beer and return to eat and have your beer (FG does not sell beer).