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Ogunquit and Kennebunkport with some restrictions

Our family of 7 adults and 5 children will be going to Ogunquit during July 4th weekend and looking for some restaurant recommendations. We will eat pretty casually for most of the time but we want one special meal...now the problems are we have 5 kids ranging from 7yrs old to 23 months and my mother in law keep kosher in the house but she eats fish and vegetable at a non kosher restaurant. I've check some nicer restaurants in these towns and read some positive things about Earth, White barn inn and Ocean(I mainly checked Kennebunkport as I heard there are better restaurants there). Are any of these restaurant ok with my restrictions? White barn looks too fancy for kids and perhaps a bit too pricey for our group.
Are there any nice restaurant in Ogunquit? What other recommendations can you give for other casual meals?
Thank you.

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  1. There's a whole range of places between Ogunquit and Kennebunk that appears you're not considering. I'm thinking more about a party your size right now, and what places can accommodate that many people. http://www.billyschowderhouse.com/

    Billy's Chowder House is casual, great seafood, reasonable prices, and I'm pretty sure they could accommodate a group your size. It's in Wells, not far from Ogunquit.

    Varanos is also in Wells, and I think they could also accommodate your group. They are a fine dining establishment. http://www.varanos.com/

    Lord's Harborside, again in Wells, has a very large dining room and could accommodate your group. Family dining, not fine dining. http://www.lordsharborside.com/

    Jonathan's in Ogunquit is also fine dining and I've heard good things about it. IIRC, we ate there once a long time ago and really enjoyed it. http://jonathansogunquit.com/

    Another fine dining one is Arrows, but I've never been. I can't recall if the reviews here were positive or not, maybe do a search for them. http://www.arrowsrestaurant.com/index...

    With ALL of the establishments and anywhere else you're considering for that weekend, I strongly recommend you get your reservations in place immediately. Don't mull this over too long. Maine that weekend is PACKED with people. Allow plenty of time to get around when you're driving on Route 1.

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      1. re: wincountrygirl

        Yeah I wasn't sure. The website says "for the season", so I included it in case that's what it really meant. :)

        1. re: Morganna

          I knew I saw it somewhere! But it may open but no idea how/who, etc.


          1. re: wincountrygirl

            The article says this:
            "Frasier made it clear that the restaurant will reopen next season, and that the only question is who will run it. Several prospective buyers already have expressed interest, he said."

            So maybe it really is only closed for the season?

            1. re: Morganna

              I guess it might re-open and keep the same name but for better or worse, it would be owned and run by someone else so it won't be the same restaurant. Reports had it going downhill for some time (since they got their James Beard award) and their new restaurant in Boston has been skewered by professional and amateur reviewers alike so maybe it's best that they closed Arrows rather than allow a once great place hang on based on reputation alone. My theory is that they "peaked" with their award and have lost the drive they once had.

      2. re: Morganna

        Jonathan's sounds 'fancy' enough for both adults and kids. thanks for the suggestion.

        1. re: Monica

          I think that is the perfect choice for your group.

      3. The only kosher restaurant I am aware of is up in Portland.

          1. On the Marsh was fab.
            Lots of fresh blueberry ice cream, lobster and clam shack places.
            Wonderful places to dine.
            Route 1 can be like So. Cal traffic during peak times in summer.
            Hopefully our beloved Pass will chime in.
            Love love love Maine!

            1. Foot Bridge for casual lobster rolls.

              The one issue you will run in to with your MIL is that most seafood shacks sell mostly shellfish, which isn't kosher. So if she doesn't eat fried food (haddock) there may not be any options for her. We have the same issue with my MIL, but because she is allergic to shellfish. It rules out a lot of places.

              1. As mentioned, Arrows is definitely closed. White Barn Inn is too fancy for me (though I agree it is excellent) - no way would I bring kids there. Earth is excellent and its menu has many items that, although not technically kosher, are "close enough" if you don't keep strictly kosher outside of the house, but once again, I would shy away from bringing young children. Tough one...

                1. LOVE White Barn, but not with kids. Not sure Ocean would work either. Maybe Pier 77 ?

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                  1. re: ElizabethReed

                    Pier 77 sounds cute. Love the menu too.

                  2. Most of the coast of Maine is fried shellfish and lobster: casual and fine dining alike. Saying this, I found Mabel's Lobster Claw in Kennebunk to be decent enough. And they have fin fish on their menu. I might even suggest that whichever restaurant you choose for the fine dining that you mention to them your kosher situation and ask them if they can at least come up with a varied (fin fish, bovine) menu for that night. Other that, you have a variety of sandwich shops (all over) and one "General Store" called HB Provisions, of which has a surprisingly inexpensive and good kitchen.

                    If you happen upon any restaurants that fit your bill and they happen to make decent meals I'd love to hear about them.

                    Are you staying at an Inn or a house? If you have a kitchen available you may want to check out Sanford Butcher in Sanford. It's about 30 minutes from Kennebunk and they have excellent beef.



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                    1. re: David11238

                      Thanks for the suggestion. It looks like my mil will be eating a lot of salad and bread.

                    2. What about Bandaloop in Kennebunkport? I'm assuming with young kids you would be eating somewhat early. Could get an early reservation. Not sure about menu choices for kids but you could call and ask them. Definitely veggie choices for MIL.

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                      1. re: Jpan99

                        Thanks for the recommendation.