RE: New England-bound from Philly... Suggestions?
Thu, 06/26/03 6:22 PM
OK, Roadfooders, time to chime in from one who actually lives in Kennebunkport (actually Arundel). Our family haome is just off Route 1.
First to Cheesewit and Janedough, congratulations!!! I will be getting married in Kennebunkport next April.
Here are some tips:
#1 The White Barn Inn is a 5 star restaurant-with a GUARANTEED PROPER DRESS CODE. Men must wear Jackets. Nuff said.
#2 The beach is close enough to the inn, but do not expect to be able to park. Better to leave your car at the inn and walk.
#3 You will be just outside of Dock Square, a tourist/boutique area in Kennebunkport. Parking is tough, again, you may find it easier to walk. The Clam Shack is reviewed by Jane and Michael. A little pricey for many locals, but terrific fried seafood. No parking here. 100% takeout.
#4 Federal Jack's is a brewpub and home to the Shipyard Brewing Company (Shipyard Ale, Old Thumper) 2nd story brewpub, nice place for drink with nice views. Downstairs are paintings of Civil War soldiers, in particular General Joshua Chamberlain.
Feel free to email me with any questions.
In Portsmouth, NH: look up Gilley's-late night lunch cart-reviewed by Jane and Michael.
Also The Friendly Toast, eclectic place with foods made from scratch-great breakfasts-each table setting is a different formica kitchen set from the 50's and 60's.
For beer lovers, try the Portsmouth Brewery in Market SQ (my favorite) or Redhook (eastern brewery of the Northwestern chain)
In Kittery, ME: look up Bob's Clam Hut-reviewed by Jane and Michael-beware that this is in the middle of a traffic filled outlet district. Again great seafood, and the best place to eat in this outlet area.
In York, ME:-just up the road above the outlets is Wild Willy's with makes burgers, just burgers using black angus beef. But the star in York is Flo's Hot Dogs, again reviewed by Jane and Michael. The "hot sauce" is a stewed onion relish. A Flo Dog is with hot sauce and mayo and celery salt. Dogs, only dogs, only steamed dogs on steamed buns, but cheap. Chips, soda, and dogs. To see people eat 4 or 5 of these at a sitting is common.
In Wells, ME-You must do the Maine Diner if at all possible-www.mainediner.com-check out the "Dale Arnold", a Hot Lobster Roll made with lobster meat in a buttered, grilled roll, with hot butter poured over it ( and I don't eat lobster).
In Portland,ME, Becky's at Hobson's wharf is a classic diner.
Gritty McDuff's is a great brewpub with English style ales-www.grittys.com
In Freeport,ME Visit LL Bean-open 24 hrs, 363 days a year
Coffee is great at Maine Roasters (similar to Starbucks)
Many restaurants here are tourist traps
Gritty McDuff's has a location in Freeport, ME as well.
In Wiscassett, try Red's Eats for large lobster rolls-see Food network-"the best of" review.
As you approach Bar Harbor, start looking for lobster pounds once you turn from Ellsworth on to the "causeway". You will actually be in Trenton,ME, as Bar Harbor is actually on Mount Desert Island. Look for the steaming pots and compare poundage and price, as Sundancer7 suggests.
Lobster is $4.99-$5.99 per lb. around here on average, $7.99 for the larger ones.
A "chicken lobster" is one that is 1 to 1 1/4 lbs. A triple lobster dinner at $19.95 may have 3 1 lb. lobsters. Most restaurants offer twin lobster dinners for $10 to $20.
Coffee in this area is #1 Dunkin Donuts, located on every corner, #2 Starbucks #3 all others.
No Krispy Kremes in ME yet, a few Tim Horton's, an occaisional Seattle's Best.
Hope i have helped.