What To Eat in Maine
Lobster shore dinners, lobster rolls, lobster pie, lobster bisque, and lobster stew are stars of the Maine shoreline, but there’s so much more to the Pine Tree State. New England boiled corned beef dinners are a treat in many diners, which make leftovers into red flannel hash. Muffins are the favored morning breadstuff inland and along the coast. Up north along the International Boundary look for the buckwheat pancakes known as ployes, and for Yankee variations of Quebec’s French-fry and cheese curd favorite, poutine.
The downeast version of a lobster roll, sometimes called a lobster salad roll, includes pieces of cool lobster just barely veiled in mayonnaise, preferably presented in a split-top bun that has been grilled on both sides. Goodness depends on the amount of lobster, the size of its chunks and, of course, its utter freshness.
Eaten in the remote northland of the upper St. John River Valley, a ploye is a pancake made by pouring a circle of thin buckwheat batter onto a hot griddle, cooking it very briefly and never flipping it. The underside gets crisp while the top stays soft and develops countless little holes that are porous enough to absorb substantial amounts of butter and maple syrup or to sop up the last of the gravy from a plate of pot roast.
Indian pudding is one of New England's fundamental comfort foods, a primeval samp of beaten corn boiled with milk and molasses, cooked for hours, and served warm. Some aspiring chefs add raisins, spice, and other frippery, but the only traditional add-on is a scoop of ice cream. It traditionally is dessert, but, like apple pie, it can also be a dandy breakfast.
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Clam Shack fried clams are great; lobster rolls are even more impressive, so huge and fresh. Al fresco dining only at this Kennebunk landmark..
Ken's is a rollicking eat-in-the-rough Maine drive-in restaurant with fried clams, haddock, scallops & shrimp plus whole lobsters. A local fave since 1927.
Since 1945, Congdon's has earned a best-bet reputation for donuts and hearty breakfasts, including Maine lobster Benedict.
Maine seafood gets the Highroller treatment in Portland with locally-made brioche, charred pineapple mayo, & lobster grilled cheese you won't want to put down.
Craving comfort food? Head to Portland’s West End and Hot Suppa, home of crisp corned beef hash, fried green tomato Benedict, and Cajun bloody Marys
Golden Milk pancakes, breakfast salad, and thick-cut sourdough bread with coconut oil make Portland’s LB Kitchen a bright spot for seasonal dishes.
Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound welcomes post-hike travelers for bacon-wrapped scallops with Maine maple syrup, hot chowder, and, of course, lobster.
Come to Scratch Bakery for tasty sandwiches, fresh bagels and bread, molasses cookies with dried apple, and bake-at-home mac ‘n’ cheese.
Bite into Maine offers lobster rolls assembled with obsessive detail. It's a truck that parks at some of the Portland area’s most attractive locations.