Restaurants 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 old-school 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.

Maine’s Best Restaurants

Cole Farms - Franks & Beans
Cole Farms

GRAY, ME

Eagles Nest

BREWER, ME

Grindstone Neck Of Maine

WINTER HARBOR, ME

Beal’s Lobster Pier

SOUTHWEST HARBOR, ME

Monica’s Chocolates

LUBEC, ME

Gifford’s Ice Cream

SKOWHEGAN, ME

Big G’s

WINSLOW, ME

Young’s Lobster Pound

BELFAST, ME

Styrofoam cup holds pale green mint ice cream streaked with pieces of Oreo cookie.
Round Top Ice Cream

DAMARISCOTTA, ME

Shaw’s Ridge Farm

SANFORD, ME

Toots Ice Cream

NORTH YARMOUTH, ME

Tubby’s Ice Cream

WAYNE, ME

Beals Ice Cream

PORTLAND, ME

Smiling Hill Farm

WESTBROOK, ME

Hi-Hat Pancake House

FARMINGDALE, ME

Duckfat

PORTLAND, ME

Shain’s of Maine

SANFORD, ME

Portland Pie Co.

SCARBOROUGH, ME

One big, bright red, ready-to-eat lobster perches atop a pile of steamer clams on a paper placemat.
Mabel’s Lobster Claw

KENNEBUNKPORT, ME

Apple pie is topped with a crust ribboned with streaks of caramel
Doris’s Cafe

FORT KENT, ME

Boiled dinner: corned beef with beets, rutabagas, potato, cabbage, and carrots
Moody’s

WALDOBORO, ME

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