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Maine Diner

2265 Post Road, Wells, ME - (207) 646-4441
Posted By Susan McWilliams on 10/25/2010 8:38:00 PM
We're not fans. Based on Roadfood's reviews we went to the Maine Diner a few days ago and the place was mobbed mid-week, mid-October 2010 late lunchtime. We waited outside with a buzzer for 15-20 minutes, noting the big Guy Fieri poster inside the door. In our experience, when "Triple D" crowns a place it's not so great, or goes downhill immediately thereafter. I had the famed "Dale Arnold" lobster roll of lobster w/melted butter only. Looked good (loaded with claw meat) when it arrived, but the lobster had obviously been frozen and was slightly fishy tasting. The bun (which, let's face it, isn't great bread anyway) had turned to library paste from all the liquid exuded -- maybe the melted ice? Bread was inedible and the lobster only barely so at $15.95. Husband's clam chowder was good, but the clams on the "Clam-O-Rama" dinner were greasy, the clam cake appeared to be all bread crumbs -- not a great dish for $20.95. Definitely not as good as Moody's Diner. We wouldn't go back. We'd had such excellent seafoof during two weeks in Maine it was a bummer to eat here on our last day.

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The wall behind the counter at the Maine Diner is crowded with blue ribbons won by this seafood chowder. It is butter-rich, creamy, and loaded with shrimp, clams, and hunks of fish, just about the best we've ever had.
"The wall behind the counter at the Maine Diner is crowded with blue ribbons won by this seafood chowder. It is butter-rich, creamy, and loaded with shrimp, clams, and hunks of fish, just about the best we've ever had."
Michael Stern





Here is one great lobster roll, presented in a toasted bun with plenty of butter for drizzling on as you need it. Note how glistening moist and hunky the lobster is.
"Here is one great lobster roll, presented in a toasted bun with plenty of butter for drizzling on as you need it. Note how glistening moist and hunky the lobster is."
Michael Stern


A signature dish, lobster pie is made from a family recipe. For lobster lovers, it is unspeakably savory. And by the way, those mashed potatoes in the background are the real McCoy.
"A signature dish, lobster pie is made from a family recipe. For lobster lovers, it is unspeakably savory. And by the way, those mashed potatoes in the background are the real McCoy."
Michael Stern


A fine, not-too-decadent chocolate cake. With a few cups of coffee, it makes an ideal conclusion to a Maine Diner meal.
"A fine, not-too-decadent chocolate cake. With a few cups of coffee, it makes an ideal conclusion to a Maine Diner meal."
Michael Stern


Very tasty lobster morsels, although I couldn't help wishing there was MORE!
"Very tasty lobster morsels, although I couldn't help wishing there was MORE!"
Robin Olson


Baked beans like these are quintessentially Yankee: firm-bodied, earthy, laced with plenty of pieces of bacon, a little bit sweet but not at all sticky.
"Baked beans like these are quintessentially Yankee: firm-bodied, earthy, laced with plenty of pieces of bacon, a little bit sweet but not at all sticky."
Michael Stern


Those blue ribbons are still on the wall at the Maine Diner and they are still deserved!  This chowder was chock full of scallops, whole belly clams, shrimp and more.  A light, creamy broth was so good, I could have had the chowder without all the extra goodies.
"Those blue ribbons are still on the wall at the Maine Diner and they are still deserved! This chowder was chock full of scallops, whole belly clams, shrimp and more. A light, creamy broth was so good, I could have had the chowder without all the extra goodies."
Robin Olson


Fortunately, I remembered to take a picture before totally polishing off this excellent bowl of corn chowder. Like the Maine Diner's celebrated seafood chowder, it is butter-rich.
"Fortunately, I remembered to take a picture before totally polishing off this excellent bowl of corn chowder. Like the Maine Diner's celebrated seafood chowder, it is butter-rich."
Michael Stern


Our favorite New England dessert: Indian pudding, made from cornmeal and molasses, served warm and topped with ice cream.
"Our favorite New England dessert: Indian pudding, made from cornmeal and molasses, served warm and topped with ice cream."
Michael Stern


Here's top o' the mornin' to you: a warm cornbread muffin, ready to be buttered.
"Here's top o' the mornin' to you: a warm cornbread muffin, ready to be buttered."
Michael Stern


Another view of the lobster pie.  Delicious!
"Another view of the lobster pie. Delicious!"
John Grundhauser


Three squares a day, and some of the tastiest, easy-to-eat lobster anywhere along the Maine coast.
"Three squares a day, and some of the tastiest, easy-to-eat lobster anywhere along the Maine coast."
Michael Stern


If you are heading up the coast of Maine in search of true Maine food, you won't do better than heeding this sign ... for lunch and dinner as well as for breakfast.
"If you are heading up the coast of Maine in search of true Maine food, you won't do better than heeding this sign ... for lunch and dinner as well as for breakfast."
Michael Stern



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