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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2014/07/20 10:30:00 (permalink)
I'll try to send along any info I hear about Helen's in the media. That is how this whole thing got started. I saw several press reports about the fire.
And I agree that the pie at Mabel's looks like a mighty fine piece of pie.
I don't know if Moody's passes along all the recipes from one generation of their pie bakers to the next, but it has been a while since my father has been alive to enjoy custard pie at Moody's. Cannot vouch for their current version. Choose custard at your own peril!
I am really glad to hear how successful RF-wise your trip was.
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2014/07/20 11:42:44 (permalink)
One way to get news about Helen's is to check their FB page once in a while or like and follow them on FB:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Helens-Restaurant-of-Machias/129631373717491
There's also a picture there of a very empty lot where the restaurant used to be.

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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2014/07/20 12:26:26 (permalink)
That is just a depressing photo.
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2014/07/20 12:32:19 (permalink)
I agree that the picture is depressing.
There is a message posted on their website from the owners. Scroll down the homepage for the message.
http://www.helensrestaurantmachias.com/
 
 
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2014/07/20 14:06:04 (permalink)
Nice article about the Ellsworth Helen's (It's sister restaurant) helping out. Love the Down East spirit.
http://ftp.foxbangor.com/...-those-in-machias.html
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2014/07/20 18:32:42 (permalink)
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Nice article about the Ellsworth Helen's (It's sister restaurant) helping out. Love the Down East spirit.
http://ftp.foxbangor.com/...-those-in-machias.html

I agree this is the Downeast spirit. Helping our neighbors and those who help us. When ice storms happen every so often, Mainers feed the electrical linesmen. Last Christmas time we had a storm and my neighbor handed a bag of warm chocolate chip cookies to the linesmen working out front, who replaced a blown transformer. Other stories involve meals and sandwiches by folks appreciating the cold, wet, dangerous work that the linesmen and tree removal crews do.
There is a restaurant in Augusta, The Red Barn, that fed any line and tree crews for free for days during that storm and its aftermath. That included crews from out-of-state, too.
The Red Barn also fairly regularly hosts fundraisers for a variety of causes. Very good people and good food, too! I don't think it has ever been mentioned here either--until now. It is mostly fried seafood and boneless chicken, which are their most popular items. My favorite there is a mixed seafood basket with haddock, clams, scallops, and shrimp. Onion rings are great. The chicken strips are also very good and made with fresh chicken. They also do lobster rolls, but I'm not particularly fond of theirs. Others do like them, so maybe it is just me. They also do hamburgers and other sandwiches, which I have never tried. They also serve homemade whoopie pies.
http://theredbarnmaine.com/
 
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2014/07/20 21:07:43 (permalink)
Ok buffetbuster,
 
A quandary
 
Will it be worth the stop at Mabel's just for a slice of blueberry pie next month on my trip to Maine?, or should I move on to the Maine Diner  and have a slice there which will be our likely stop before heading home
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2014/07/21 08:14:22 (permalink)
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As you can guess, I will always be in favor of fitting in an extra slice of pie.  As for the two restaurants, I think they are both Maine greats, with the Maine Diner having a slight edge.  Truthfully, you can't go wrong either way!
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2014/07/23 11:43:03 (permalink)
BB, WJ, and everyone else--how do you keep track or remember info about restaurants--like when you were there last, what you ate, etc.? I've read about the use of spreadsheets and GPS for trip planning, but do you use spreadsheets or a database to keep track of past trips? It can't be memory alone, or you have phenomenal memories for this sort of thing.
 
For instance I know that a long time ago I ate at the Maine Diner, probably while returning from an out-of-state trip, but I don't remember what I ate or most details. I remember it was very busy, and the service was really slow--not unexpected. I don't remember the food being exceptional, so I've never been back, and it isn't close enough to make me want to drive that far. I know that going back for a second time would be fairer, and one meal could be truly representative--or not--of what they consistently do.
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2014/07/23 13:52:08 (permalink)
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Well, one way that WJ and I (plus a few others) keep track of the Roadfood restaurants we have visited is with this thread right here.  And I have a massive photo collection, which will tells me when I last visited a restaurant, what I ate, etc.  I have also gotten into the habit of taking photos of the menu, which often proves helpful.
 
The spreadsheets (or what similar version I use) only comes into play in preparation for a trip.  With me leaving for Shreveport tomorrow morning, I have written down the information of any restaurants I might be interested in visiting, plus what type of food they are known for.  Hopefully this helps.
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2014/07/23 14:56:37 (permalink)
I usually just go by memory - if the place isn't memorable, I'm probably not talking about it on Roadfood.
 
When I need to refresh my memory, I go to my own photos or my trip reports.
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2014/07/23 15:27:40 (permalink)
That's a good point Ralph.  I have gone back through my old trip reports many times to refresh my memory.
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2014/07/23 17:45:45 (permalink)
Thanks for the insight, BB and Ralph. I guess I had never noticed the link about places visited. Some very impressive lists... Photos do tell a good part of the tale. Trip reports are more than for the sharing with others; they become your own journal/history to reference yourself in the future. Good reason to do more trip reports.
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2014/07/24 08:05:50 (permalink)
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I have to agree with buffetbuster and Ralph Melton. Between the thread that buffetbuster pointed out (which I haven't updated in 2 years) my trip reports, my "best of lists"  and my photos which I keep on flickr, I'm able to keep track of many of the restaurants I visited. In addition, I have an impeccable memory when it comes to these things and I can even remember where I went going back 20 or more years or at least before the roadfood forums which began back in 2003.
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2014/07/24 08:22:45 (permalink)
Incidentally
 
Here are there restaurants I plan to hit on our Portland Maine trip next month
 
Maine Diner
 
Gilbert's Chowder House
 
Five Island Lobster
 
Hot Suppa
 
Mabel's Lobster Claw
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2014/07/25 04:11:35 (permalink)
I have a memory for some meals from long ago, but they are usually linked to a special event or time. Especially family events. I remember meals out as a family, when my grandmother flew down to Texas from RI, where she lived with my aunt and uncle. This was a long time ago, when I was in elementary school. We'd go to Sunday dinner at a seafood restaurant in Kemah or Galveston, both of which were not far from where we lived on the Gulf Coast. One of the Galveston restaurants was Gaido's--not a roadfood restaurant! It is a white tablecloth and cloth napkins place that has been around for over a hundred years. When I went back to Texas for a high school reunion, I made sure to go to Gaido's and it didn't disappoint. Other meals were at restaurants that I'd rather not go to! My niece and nephews got to choose where they had a graduation celebration meal in NJ, where they lived. All chose Olive Garden. The only thing I like there is the salad and soft garlic bread sticks. And always there was a long wait for a mediocre meal. Oh, well, we don't always get to choose. WJ, you wrote about this kind of experience on a trip not long ago. Ah, well.
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2014/07/25 04:36:06 (permalink)
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Incidentally
Here are there restaurants I plan to hit on our Portland Maine trip next month

Sounds like you will be a eating a lot of mighty fine Maine seafood. Enjoy your trip! What else will you be doing--visiting southern Maine lighthouses, taking a Casco Bay day cruise, visiting the Longfellow house or museums?
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2014/07/25 05:07:03 (permalink)
At Helen's FB page, there is a fundraising Tshirt ($12 plus shipping) for sale to benefit the employees who are currently out of work. There is also info about just doing a donation to the fund.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Helens-Restaurant-of-Machias/129631373717491
 
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2014/07/25 08:18:57 (permalink)
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Incidentally
Here are there restaurants I plan to hit on our Portland Maine trip next month

Sounds like you will be a eating a lot of mighty fine Maine seafood. Enjoy your trip! What else will you be doing--visiting southern Maine lighthouses, taking a Casco Bay day cruise, visiting the Longfellow house or museums?



We're definetely going to visit The Portland Headlight, The Old Port, The Portland Observatory and Freeport (LL Bean) if we have time we will visit Kennebunkport and perhaps one of the beaches in Scarborough. It appears I also may visit with an old high school friend and band mate that I haven't seen in 30 years. He has since moved to Portland where he lives with his wife. The Longfellow House sounds like a great idea and in the event of inclement weather we'll definitely visit.
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2014/07/29 07:42:22 (permalink)
One hurdle has been completed:
http://bangordailynews.com/2014/07/28/business/helens-restaurant-gets-permit-to-rebuild/
The planning board quickly approved the building permits.
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2014/07/31 10:19:56 (permalink)
Glad to read that JB-ME.  One step closer!
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2014/07/31 12:09:25 (permalink)
Yes, it is one step closer. Hopefully, they will chose a general contractor soon and start rebuilding.
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2014/07/31 12:39:07 (permalink)
BB you burnt down another one????
 
I need to make a trip out east, I miss the coast.  Those blueberry pie photos look wonderful.
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2014/07/31 13:53:19 (permalink)
Think/dream next spring/year CK.
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Re: Helen's Restaurant in Machias, Maine--destroyed by fire 2014/09/17 12:28:20 (permalink)
Good news about Helen's. They are hoping to get the State Fire Marshal's approval of the building plans and start rebuilding in a few weeks. An opening date by the end of February is planned. See the article:
http://bangordailynews.com/2014/09/16/news/down-east/helens-owners-expect-to-submit-plans-for-new-restaurant-soon-to-state-officials/?ref=BusinessBox
 
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