Maine Trip for Foodies w Toddler
We are about to embark on a week-long trip to Maine, with our 16 month-old daughter. 3 nights in the Kennebunkport area, 1 night in Portland, and 3 nights in Boothbay Harbor. Then driving back to NYC with 1 night in Portsmouth NH. I have trolled the posts already, but it would be great to get some more recs for casual dining in these areas, or for more upscale places that won't mind a toddler if we go early (6ish). Also, any suggestions for places to stop on the drive up from NYC would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!
Wow, sounds like a great trip. We've done a lot of those areas with our daughter when she was younger, though older than 16 months.
- Portland: don't miss MDI ice cream and/or Gelato Fiasco. And the myriad bakeries (esp. Two Fat Cats & Standard). If you like bagels, it's worth extra drive to One Fifty Ate (158) Pickett in South Portland. Pacarino is amazing, however - family run family friendly deeply authentic pasta restaurant = fantastic.
- Boothbay Harbor - we've stayed there going on 3 years. Love it...but if you not into shellfish that limits options. Baker's Way is a hoot - the combo vietnamese/bakery (with a view!). Mama D's (sadly not open for Dinner) is great. Bet's Fish Fry is classic, further out of town (though you'll come out smelling like fry oil). Loved the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (and I'm not a garden lover) which has great children's garden and excellent restaurant
In Portsmouth, Portsmouth Book & Bar and Portsmouth Brewery are both quite nice and flexible.
On drive up - is New Haven far enough for a stop - nothing beats Frank Pepe's and boy is it a wasteland (like, nothing) from there until MA.
I'll stick with the drive up as I often do this trip in the opposite direction. I know you're coming from NYC and might be highly suspect of anyone suggesting there is pizza worthy of a stop outside of the big Apple but I have to agree with pilletsh and direct you to Pepe's in New Haven more specifically for the clam pizza. Your arrival time would have to work just right or you can find yourself waiting for a bit. Otherwise, my new favorite stop is BT's Smokehouse in Sturbridge, Ma, about 1 mile off I84 just before the Mass Pike. Great BBQ, picnic benches, easy off/on - real easy with a toddler.