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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Lobster stew is a Sea Basket best-of-Maine dish. Clam chowder is also excellent, as are baskets of fried shrimp, clams, and haddock at this happy roadside café.
Two Fat Cats of Portland, Maine, makes fantastic fruit pies and whoopie pies worth whooping about.
Clam Shack fried clams are great; lobster rolls are even more impressive, so huge and fresh. Al fresco dining only at this Kennebunk landmark..
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.
A small corner restaurant that's been a favorite among Maine diner fans for over a century. Bright pink dogs put Simones' on the Roadfood map.
Rock's has been Fort Kent's three-meal-a-day town diner since 1945 -- a northern Maine destination for burgers, fries and homemade whoopie pies.
Maine shoreline summertime seafood, eat-in-the-rough style. Bob's clam plates and clam rolls, scallops, shrimp, and lobster rolls are Yankee bests.
Pilgrims come to Red's Eats, a Wiscasset, Maine, Roadfood landmark drive-in restaurant, and wait in line to savor what may be the best lobster roll anywhere.
Resilient lobsters fairly burst out of their shell when squeezed with a nutcracker at the unbelievably scenic picnic tables of Maine's Five Islands Lobster Co.