if you are in the midcoast maine area, you would be really shorting yourself by not going to moody’s diner- a bunch of times!!! moody’s is in waldaboro, it’s on rt. 1, a bit out of your way from augusta but SO worth the drive. one of the great old school diners in this world- amazing breakfasts, incredible dinner specials (boiled dinner, liver and onions, turkey dinner), and the hot open turkey sandwich with gravy and mashed is one of the best in the world. also, don’t miss the whoopie pies, all the homemade pies (4 berry, strawberry rhubarb, blueberry)- they are dripping with lardy goodness (my friends in ny regularly make me bring 4 berry pies whole back to the city- you can’t even come close here in nyc…). moody’s also has a good lobster roll, and it’s far cheaper than most in the area (i think 10 dollars)- it’s no red’s eats lobster roll, but it will definately get the job done. MOODY’S!!!!!!!!!!!!
after that, A-1 diner in gardiner is interesting and sometimes very good, Slates in Holliwell is fine, skip the thai and sushi place in holliwell (gross), Primo in Rockland is spectacular!, Bolly’s is not for the faint of stomach (though good, most of the time i’m the only person in there under 300 lbs… greasy and tasty but serious…). we also like the hi-hat drive in in holliwell for cheap pancakes and breakfasts (not fine dining by any means but fun with the kidz).
and depending on when you go, the Sea Basket in Wiscasset may be open for the season and it is so spectacular- the fried seafood is some of the best in maine- shrimps, clams, everything awesome. and a delicious lobster roll, perhaps second only to the great Red’s Eats- you can sigh as you drive by red’s and plan your return trip in the summer to eat the world’s greatest lobster roll- i try and eat 2 lobster rolls from red’s a day in the summers (yes it breaks the bank and i simply don’t care- best lobster rolls in the world). there are plenty of great places to eat lobsters in maine, lobster rolls can be a bit tougher- winter lobster rolls are pretty much out of the question (please see my early trials and tribulations documented here in the forum of trying to get a good lobster roll in winter- not enough traffic to sustain any good ones). best thing to do for a good lobster in winter is call around and ask local restaurants if they have nice fresh little guys (nothing bigger than a lb. and 3/4). then go eat a pile of them- most places in maine can basically boil a lobster well, you just want a place that has fresh ones brought in that morning. enjoy and please report back on where you ate and how it went!!! enjoy frankbooth
oh yeah, the Brunswick Diner on Rt. 1 in Brunswick ended up having the only good lobster roll this past winter- it was not frozen, fresh, plentiful, tasty, it was mixed with mayo but that was fine (in summer red’s lobster roll with butter simply melts away in your mouth, 15 bucks a pop, worth every penny)… brunsick diner will definately work and is open all year round. and also check out Fat Boy drive in in brunswick across from the former naval base- excellent and fun (seasonal to though).