Reco's for Midcoast Maine
Hi all- headed to Chatham/rockland/rockport area for Labor Day weekend. Looking for recos for 4 lunches and 3 dinners. Partial to veggie friendly farm-table, new haute cuisine and definitely any and all seafood.
I presume you mean "Camden," not Chatham! In any case, I suggest you search this board for each of the 3 towns; you'll find lots of suggestions. Top hits are frequently Cafe Miranda and the pub in Rockport (name escaping me at the moment).
Definitely make The Slipway in Thomaston one of your lunch destinations! http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/908045
For dinners, you will find lots of recommendations for Primo, Fromviandoux, In Good Company and Francine Bistro. At least, my research turned up a lot of recommendations for them. Sadly, I did not get to any of them during my most recent trip.
We went in mid-July without reservation by going early (a little before 6 mid-week) and going upstairs where we got one of the last tables immediately available. We were served promptly but not rushed. People were waiting upstairs and down by the time we left. Both regular and small plate menus were given. It was great.
Here's what I would do for 4 lunches and 3 dinners (not talking breakfast here...so I won't mention those):
Lunches: Long Grain (Camden), Home Kitchen Cafe (Rockland), Cafe Miranda (Rockland), Slipway (Thomaston).
Dinner: Primo (Rockland), Fromviandoux (Camden), In Good Company (Rockland).
I also love Fog Bar & Cafe (Rockland), and Suzuki's Sushi (Rockland).
Shepherd's Pie (Rockport) is usually good, and alot of people like Francine Bistro (Camden), but I've found that place to be hit or miss for me.
And if you want to "slum" it for one meal, go to Wasses (Rockland) for hot dogs, or Duo's (Rockland) for a grass fed burger or haddock sandwich.
Another great place, in Belfast, is The Gothic. New this summer, the food is sublime and in the same class as Primo.