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Boothbay Harbor in June (and Rt. 1 in between)

I know there's another BB question but have some more specific requests. First, we'll prob take 95 from Boston then after Portland get on Rt. 1 (usually do Rt. 1 from BOS-Portland). Anything on that ride to BBH that you'd recommend? I've gone to Red's (won't stand in line), Sea Basket, the drive-ins in Brunswick. Something quick and casual.

How far is Bath from BBH? I saw recs for some nicer places there but not sure we want to bother with the drive. Then again, a nice 20-30 min drive up there could be pretty so if there are some spots closeby to check out, let me know. Staying at the BBH Inn.

Good spots for a fancy cocktail and/or at a fun townie/dive bar?

I've found the following places in older threads, any comments on them? Thanks.

Baker's Way: 89 Townsend Ave; donuts, breakfast, Vietnamese
Bet's Fish Fry: Town Square
Boathouse Bistro: 12 By-Way
Boothbay Craft Brewery: 301 Adams Pond Rd, boothbaycraftbrewery.com
Downeast Ice Cream Factory: 1 By Way
East Boothbay General Store: 255 Ocean Point Rd, ebgs.us;
Kaler's Crab & Lobster House: seafood, gets crowded
Larson's Lunch Box: 430 Main St, Damariscotta
Lobster Dock: 49 Atlantic Ave, BB
Lobsterman's Wharf: 224 Ocean Point Rd, lobstermanswharf.com
Pemaquid Lobster Co-op: Co-Op Rd, Bristol, pemaquidlobstercoop.com
Phil's: 788 Wiscasset Rd, lobster rolls, crab rolls and chowder. Fresh baked rolls
Sea Basket: 303 Bath Rd
Sprague's: 22 Main St., Wiscasset
Thistle Iinn: 55 Oak St
Trevett Country Store, Barters Island Rd

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  1. google maps says 30 minutes, that doesn't take traffic into account. :)

    Otherwise, i haven't eaten at any of those places. We don't usually go that far north and east 'cos I prefer a shorter drive. :)

    1. Really? No one has comments on these BBH restaurants, bars in town or anything on Rt. 1 between there and Portland? Would love some feedback.

      1. Well I did try the Lobster Dock in BB last summer and enjoyed it quite a bit. Over the footbridge to the quiet side of the harbor. Although they lost to Bobby Flay their crab cake were still exceptional. I don't think I'd drive back to Bath because of the unknowns of the traffic. Not quick but if you are passing through Brunswick at lunch time and would like to try something truly chow worthy, Tao Yuan is worth a visit. It's not lobster shack casual but still casual and chef Statler was just named one of the top ten young chefs in the country by Food and Wine. Just thought I'd throw it out there.

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        1. re: bobbert

          Thanks, glad to get a little bit of help. Didn't think this would be such a boring/untouchable topic. Eating Asian food just doesn't cross my mind when I'm in Maine but we'll see how the rest of it goes.

          1. re: Joanie

            Between the three Miyake restaurants in Portland, Tao Yuan in Brunswick and their soon to open dumpling spot in Portland, Long Grain in Camden, Empire in Portland, Boda Thai in Portland, we have a lot of good asian places right now!

        2. I like the Thistle Inn for happy hour. Lobster Dock is always stellar. Ice Creamery is a must, try the coffee walnut. Robinson's Wharf has new owners I think, haven't heard reviews.
          On the way up, in Brunswick, Libby's Market (if you can find it) has a terrific lobster roll , and no Red-style wait in line. The owners are lobstermen, I think.
          Damariscotta is a short drive from Boothbay, another great ice cream joint there ("Round Top") , and some good pubs & restaurants as well as the famous must-visit Reny's Department store

          1. I've been to bakers way. It's an odd combo with Vietnamese and donuts. I remember being pleased with my meal but don't recall any specifics.