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Eagles Nest

1016 North Main Street, Brewer, ME - (207) 989-7635
Posted By Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle on 4/15/2008 3:16:00 PM
We've traveled in Maine many times, but rarely have we ventured more than a few miles from the awe-inspiring coast. A visit to the Bangor State Fair brought us further inland in Maine than we've ever been, and lucky we were, as our search for dinner in the area turned up a gem in the nearby town of Brewer. Located on the banks of the Penobscot River, well out of town down Route 9, the Eagles Nest serves Maine down-home cooking to a mostly local crowd.

The restaurant is not large, and is casual in a comfortable sort of way. Our table next to the back window afforded a stunning view of the river beyond. We saw a fair number of customers chowing down on terrific looking burgers, but we took the lobster route, and were not sorry. The massive lobster roll (made from [hold your ears purists] bagged lobster) was one of the best lobster salad rolls we've had anywhere. We don't know if there are different grades of packaged lobster, or perhaps it's in the way it's handled once purchased, but we do know that this lobster salad was freshly prepared when we ordered it, and it contained huge chunks, almost whole claws, of lobster meat with good flavor. The sandwich is almost like a Downeast version of a New York City deli sandwich.

The lobster stew was similarly loaded with large pieces of lobster, and was a soothing and lobstery bowl of comfort. And perhaps best of all was the extraordinary strawberry shortcake. Freshly prepared when we ordered it, as is so much of the food here, we heard the clickety-clack of beater against bowl as the cream was whipped while we waited. Served on a terrific homemade biscuit, drenched in sweetened berries, and piled with fresh whipped cream, this was as gorgeous to look at as it was satisfying to eat. In fact, the staff was oohing and ahhing as our waitress (the owner) brought her production number to our table.

The menu covers most of the home-cooking basics, with a definite Downeast slant. The food on other tables looked terrific, and we hope to get back to give some of it a try.

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Don't let the fact that the lobster meat is bagged dissuade you, this is a world class lobster roll!
"Don't let the fact that the lobster meat is bagged dissuade you, this is a world class lobster roll!"
Cliff Strutz





This is the rare case that they give you so many strawberries in this shortcake, I couldn't eat them all.  Do not miss this fabulous dessert!
"This is the rare case that they give you so many strawberries in this shortcake, I couldn't eat them all. Do not miss this fabulous dessert! "
Cliff Strutz


Sitting at one of the four counter seats allowed a great view into the kitchen and all the beautiful food being prepared.
"Sitting at one of the four counter seats allowed a great view into the kitchen and all the beautiful food being prepared."
Cliff Strutz


Seafood stews in these parts mean a hot bowl of milk with seafood and a slick of butter.  Lightly seasoned.  Note the large sections of lobster in this terrific stew.
"Seafood stews in these parts mean a hot bowl of milk with seafood and a slick of butter. Lightly seasoned. Note the large sections of lobster in this terrific stew."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Freshly made whipped cream and sweetened berries on a homemade biscuit.
"Freshly made whipped cream and sweetened berries on a homemade biscuit."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Other desserts sitting out were a tempting coconut cake and whoopie pies.
"Other desserts sitting out were a tempting coconut cake and whoopie pies."
Cliff Strutz


The lobster almost completely obscures the toasted bun below.  Lightly dressed, large chunks of meat; this is one excellent lobster roll.
"The lobster almost completely obscures the toasted bun below. Lightly dressed, large chunks of meat; this is one excellent lobster roll."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Which came first, the restaurant or the painting?
"Which came first, the restaurant or the painting?"
Cliff Strutz


A modest house on the banks of the river, the Eagles Nest serves some wonderful home cooking.
"A modest house on the banks of the river, the Eagles Nest serves some wonderful home cooking."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


If you sit at one of the back tables, this is your pure Maine view.
"If you sit at one of the back tables, this is your pure Maine view."
Cliff Strutz



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