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Mid Coast Trip Report - August 2013

crawfish Aug 17, 2013 06:44 PM

Tried a few new places this year.

McLoon's Lobster Shack, Sprucehead Island
- this was the find of the trip
- gorgeous spot, quintessential Maine view of lobster boats bobbing in the setting sun, really best lobster with a view EVER
- you eat outside on picnic tables although they do have a covered area
- lobster rolls, steamed lobsters, corn, lobster stew (very good), corn chowder, pie, also grilled hamburgers and hotdogs for the lobster averse
- only open untl 7pm and BYOB
- keep driving out to the end of the road past all the lobster docks
- there is also a great used book store "Lobster Lane" on this road only open Saturdays and Sundays, best used books with a view :)

The Happy Clam, Tenants Harbor
- fun local spot owned by a German family so they have all the usual seafood dishes (very fresh) plus pub basics like burgers, chicken wings PLUS German dishes like schnitzel, etc.
- friendly service, great place to watch a Red Sox game
- best steamers of the trip

Rocky Coast Brewery, Rockland
- food was same as previous pub-type places at this location
- they are building a brewery but it isn't up and running yet. I hope they update the menu.
- Bloody Mary was really good - I've been on a search for a good one and this is it

Darby's, Belfast
- comfortable place with a refreshingly varied menu
- wasn't amazing but I appreciated the effort, so many restaurants in Maine serve the same things
- fantastic service

- french toast Babka - YUM

Some old favorites:
Rockland Cafe - we always go for the fish cakes but the beans stole the show this trip. Classic New England baked beans - so good! Now I have to make room in my standard breakfast order to include fish cakes and beans. I guess I'll have to skip the eggs :) Best fried clams of the trip and the cheapest.
Slipway, Thomaston - grilled calamari were in a wonderful pesto sauce but there was no char so it seemed more like a ceviche. Still good though.
Thomaston Cafe - great pear and brie omelette
Muscongus Bay Lobster, Round Pond - this is still my favoruite lobster on the dock because you get steamers and corn with your lobster dinner so I don't have to choose. AND they have oysters.

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    crawfish Aug 24, 2013 09:01 AM

    Can't believe I forgot to mention Dorman's! Right on route 1 between Thomaston and Rockland. As always, great old fashioned ice cream at a classic road side stand. There are no over-the-top choco-fudge-brownie-overload type flavours here. Peppermint stick is my favourite but since we went nearly every day (I'm not kidding) I had a chance to try their raspberry, blueberry and banana. All honest expressions of the fruit, nothing artificial about them. Each family member has a favourite which include: ginger, butter crunch and mint chocolate chip.

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      crawfish Aug 24, 2013 08:46 AM

      Forgot to mention a few more local gems:

      Owls Head General Store for burgers. Incredibly sloppy and delicious, friendly service. Great spot after a trip to the gorgeous Owls Head lighthouse!

      The Keag Store - fish hash is a great addition to a pretty standard breakfast. Grab a table inside and read the newspaper with the old timers. Crab rolls are The Best according to me and Melissa from Primo. Take them to Birch Point beach for a picnic or across the street to the picnic tables where you can pick up free wifi from the South Thomaston library in the little red school house.

      1. MidCoastMaineiac Aug 18, 2013 12:15 PM

        Nice report on some of the lesser known places on the MidCoast!

        1. GretchenS Aug 18, 2013 11:24 AM

          I had lunch at Darby's earlier this summer and I agree. Not amazing but quite good, lots of choices, and remarkably (memorably) nice service.

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            dfrostnh Aug 18, 2013 05:58 AM

            rats, we haven't discovered Spruce Island and McLoon's lobster shack. Thanks for the heads up. I think we walked past Rockland Café and didn't go in. Great baked beans? This is a great compliment in the days when so many places are selling canned products.

            Great trip report, thanks!

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