Congratulations on your new marraige Jane Dough and you can definitely be well fed on your honeymoon in New England. One recommendation I have is Barnicle Billy’s in Ogunquit, Maine which is just south of Kennebunkport. BB’s has a table-service and a counter-service restaurant next to each other in the Perkins Cove part of Ogunquit..an area of shops and restaurants. We definitely recommend the counter service. The lobster rolls are incredible. There is a great candy store as well in Perkins Cove. After you eat…you can walk some of it off on the Marginal Way a beautiful path along ocean cliffs that starts from Perkins Cove. Our dog can’t read..so he misses the ‘no dogs allowed’ sign. Bar Harbor and neighboring Acadia Park are magnificently beautiful. It is expensive but the food is very good in the restaurant at the Bar Harbor Inn and has beautiful views. For a nice lunch try the restaurant at Jordan Pond inside Acadia Park……the popovers are great. Hope you have a great time.
Lisa, THANKS!!! We will try to get to one of your old restaurants. I will use your name-thanks for that. We are SO looking forward to this trip. I know we’ll be in the thick of tourist season, so we’ll be patient during any waits in traffic or at restaurants. Thanks again.
Congrats CheeseWit and JaneDough!
Geeze, several foodies have given you some AWESOME places to eat in. I have only a few places to add to your collection…..my former restaurant, Black Cow Tap and Grill……..two locations, Newburyport, MA (on the ocean, with outdoor deck and bar) and Hamilton, MA (the original Cow). I opened the Cow in Hamilton in 95 and Newburyport in 99. I’m sure you’ll have an extraordinary dining experience at either one. Ask for Mike Durati, he’s the best Maitre’d I’ve ever worked with! Tell him Lisa Lee sent you!
Have a great vacation…….there are so many good places to eat in NE! Don’t forget The Daily Catch in Boston and Radius, also in Boston…..so much good food. If you get to the Daily Catch, say hello to Mr. Lee for me, he’s the Vietnamese exec. chef……awesome!! Best calamari on the planet! Oh and the seafood fra diavolo with lobster………to die for. Go to the Hanover St. location. Definately worth a detour! Squid ink pasta, calamari salad, stuffed squid, mussels marinara, clams in garlic and olive oil, ask Mr. Lee to make you his famous tuna…..thick slab of fresh sashimi grade tuna pan seared then finished with a sauce of sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, basil, white wine and Pecorino Romano cheese. When does the next plane leave Alaska for Boston?
OOPS! Sorry! I meant Kittery…Anyway, the little coastal road is charming, and they really know how to cook lobsters….
Correction: Chauncey Creek Lobster Pound is in Kittery, not Ogunquit.
it is on the way to Kittery Point.
Thanks for these suggestions. We hope to stop at the A-1 Diner. And we want to support the Hancock County farm fresh effort. Thanks again!
I notice all of the suggestions for Maine are towns right along the coast, which is fine if you are a tourist in need of a seafood fix, but up in inland Maine we eat, too! If you get the chance, go to the A-1 Diner in Gardiner, about 45 minutes north of Portland, just off I-95. A1diner.com. They have two menus — one strictly diner food, e.g. meatloaf, tuna salad, etc, the other their "specials" which is stuff like crispy Aisian Game Hen and spiced pork with orange mango salsa. Outstandingly funky ambiance, and they make an effort to buy all their produce locally.
Speaking of which, Hancock County (Ellsworth/Bar Harbor) has an aggresive program to promote restaurants with local produce, and you will see stickers in the windows of some restaurants with "Farm Fresh from Hancock County". Remember, road food isn’t roadfood if all the lettuce comes from California!
We leave three weeks from today and JaneDough and I are very excited. As we have stated on this thread before, we will be stopping at many of your suggested roadfood stops and will report back to all of you on this thread after we return around the 28th of August. We appreciate all of your suggestions and reviews and advice. We will have copies of Eat Your Way Across The USA and Roadfood and printouts of this thread in our convertible.
A few thoughts….
Skip Rein’s Deli, which is fine but pretty ordinary, and go to the glorious Adam’s Polish Delicatessen on Talcottville Rd. in Vernon instead. The owners are so kind and helpful, and they’ll make you wonderful sandwiches on bread you thought was only available in Poland or Austria. They have a good selection of walnut, poppyseed, and cheesecakes. You should grab a sour cherry juice or aronia berry juice from the cooler, or try a Polish ice cream. Choose from among a zillion Polish chocolates (dark surrounding prune, anyone?). And do try an enormous freshly made doughnut with plum filling. Then you can have a romantic picnic in your car.
Get off 95 at the Westbrook exit and make a pilgrimage to Lenny and Joe’s (see reviews). We love the atmosphere, bustling New England seafood house. The non-milk based chowder is lovely, as are all the fried seafood offerings. Great whole-belly clams, which rival those in Ipswich’s best spots.
A really memorable meal may be had at Roseland Apizza in Derby, off 84 and then off 34 in Derby, CT. [It’s also reviewed.] Have the clam pizza, briny and delicious. (No sauce! No cheese!) The enormous shrimp/sauteed spinach/garlic/tomato over linguine dish is tremendous. The yeast, aromatic bread is made in house, and can’t be resisted. This place is THE REAL THING!
The Chauncy Creek lobster bound, on a tiny loop in Ogunquit, hasn’t changed much in 40 years. You will love the windy road which hugs the shore. This is no tourist trap! They really know how to cook lobsters. You must bring your own sides. YUM!
Don’t know that this is the correct page for this, but…
Michael’s review of the Circle E in Hancock brought back memories of a great stop one afternoon on our way home from four days of sampling too much wine in the Finger Lakes region.
We sat at the counter of this tiny little diner, I had a grilled cheese and coffee, my wife had an enormous rare thin sliced roast beef on whole wheat and a milk shake. The place is wonderful, the women who run it are very friendly and helpful, the locals keep the place hopping, and the food is good.
I wish Michael had not reviewed the place – now we’ll never find a parking place ( parking is almost non-existent) and our little secret is no more.
Be Prepared. i just left Kennebunkport and DockSq. yesterday.
Parking still not any better.
The Clam Shack is $9.95 for a 1/2 PINT container of Fried Clams.
Bartley’s Dockside next door has started advertising their take out business and has a booth outside now to take orders.
Still too pricey for many of the locals.
Your wishes and suggestions are overwhelming! (What’s also overwhelming is that there’re only 32 days until our wedding — YIKES!!!) Thank you for everything.
We’re SO looking forward to our honeymoon trip… CheeseWit & I will report in upon our return. Til then, TC & KIT!
on your way, take a detour to fort lee new jersey, sort of on the way anyway, jerrys pizza on the triangle, best in the entire northeast.
Stan, really looking forward to The White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport. Their website has up to date pics of the property, and it looks wonderful.
RubyRose, after Jane learns to stuff pig stomach, render hog fat, make candles, braid a hat, and roll cigars, the only thing left is raise a barn. Can’t make that festival on those dates…will be seeing Bruce Springsteen at the new Lincoln Financial Field in Philly.
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