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.
Maine shoreline summertime seafood, eat-in-the-rough style. Bob's clam plates and clam rolls, scallops, shrimp, and lobster rolls are Yankee bests.
At the well-worn counter of Marcy's Diner in Portland, Maine, tuck into hearty plates of corned beef hash, pancakes & chili cheese omelets. Good muffins, too.
Few sweet things are more satisfying on a warm summer day in Maine than a cool cone or cup of Hodgman's freshly made frozen custard.
An inexpensive three-meal-a-day cafe/diner in the northernmost part of Maine, Dolly's features ployes (the Acadian buckwheat pancake) and soulful chicken stew.
Here is the most dramatic possible setting for lobster-eating – the water's edge, framed by a pair of lighthouses at the entrance to Casco Bay, Maine.
Shade is the restaurant in the charming old (but newly renovated) Higgins Beach Inn. It's great for late afternoon cocktails and stylish Maine seafood meals.
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.
Kettle Cove Creamery is a charming little Cape Elizabeth purveyor of strong coffee, freshly-made ice cream & good sandwiches including a fantastic lobster roll.
Mashed potatoes added to the dough make crisp-edge Holy Donuts smooth and creamy. Ingredients are all-natural, varieties are inventive, taste is devastating.