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Jul 18, 2013 07:56 AM

What do you think of these places or is there something better? BH/Kenny

We are driving from Jersey to Bar Harbor and then staying in Kennebunkport for two nights on the return. I'm not sure of the Bar Habor places..most of mixed reviews. So far I am thinking Burning Tree, Thurstons and Trneton Bridge Lobster Pound. Should I look into The Reading Room? Fathom has mixed reviews and someone here said to stay away from it. Mache Bistro sounds too small and again some have had poor experience there. How about Gaylyns? For Kennebunkport area I am thinking Lobster Shack Perkins Cove, Ogunquit Lobster Pound, MC Perkins Cove, Barnacle Bills, Ocean, Clam Shack, Kennebunkport Inn. Of course I have to eliminate some of those because its two lunches and two dinners. Also will stop in Bite of Maine in Portland. Good choices or are there better for seafood.Prefer casual to fancy schmancy food. Thanks.

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  1. Just to be sure, The Bite into Maine food truck is by the Portland Head lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth and is awesome. Try a traditional roll and maybe one of their more eclectic, like the curry one. It's amazing.
    As I drive down to Jersey often to see family I will offer up a couple of driving stops. If your timing is right you can hit Pepe's in New Haven for pizza (yes, it's right there with NYC pizza) or BT's BBQ 1 mile off I84 in Sturbridge MA. I had heard about it and finally tried it on my drive back on Sunday. It's pretty cheap and by far the best BBQ in New England. Easy on/off and beats the he'll out of any rest stop food. Super casual (order at counter or better yet call ahead). You'll thank me later.

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    1. re: bobbert

      Thank you I will add to my list. But what do you think of my choices?

      1. re: shesallthat

        The only place on your list that I know really well is the bite into Maine which is the best lobster roll I've had in the area though I don't usually buy them as they're so easy to make.

        1. re: bobbert

          Is the Bite Into Maine truck seasonal? Or more directly, what are the odds of it being open, say, November 8 or 12?

          1. re: harrie

            Was just there last week and it looks like they'll be done I think around October 21 by the lighthouse. They may be at some other locations (check their Facebook page) until they move to Sunday River ski area for the winter.

            1. re: bobbert

              Thank you! I will monitor their calendar-thingy.

    2. I'm familiar with all the eateries on your list in the Kennebunkpost area, and, sorry to say, wouldn't recommend any. My preference would be the Cape Pier Chowder House in Cape Porpoise/Kennebunkport; Arundel Wharf in Kennebunkport; Mabel's in Kennebunkport; or Lord's Harborside Restaurant in Wells (see their Web site for lunch specials).

      I heartily recommend the Bite Into Maine truck in Fort Williams Park. See their Web site for menu and hours before making a trip.

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      1. re: IWantFood

        Not even for a lobster roll? Barnacle Bill's made the best list for that. And there are mixed reviews about Mabels and someone here last week said Nuans lobster was fresh and not cold stored. So confused and overwhelmed!

        1. re: shesallthat

          It's Barnacle Billy's, not Bill's. If you want a great lobster roll in the Ogunquit/Wells/Kbunk area, my suggestion remains Cape Pier Chowder House. If you look, you'll find mixed reviews about most eateries. I recently ate at Mabel's, as I have many times before, and it was excellent (but don't go there for a lobster roll; there are better places for that). The lobster roll at Nunan's was nothing special, and their lobsters were small when I ate there.