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Maine: A Tour Downeast | Uncle Kippy’s - Lubec

Another Maine classic, no frills dining institution. You don’t come here for the decor (it probably hash’t been updated for thirty years). You do come here for the simple, homey food and surprisingly good pizza. On our table we had stuffed baked haddock, scallops and pizza. Of course, you can’t leave without trying the strawberry shortcake. After your meal, go explore the small and quaint downtown of Lubec and if you brought your passport, hop over the bridge to Canada.

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Maine: A Tour Downeast | Helen’s Restaurant - Machias

Writing this piece is bittersweet. A fire on July 11, 2014 burned the restaurant to the ground, days after we dined here. The story saddens me a bit, but it also reminds me of the stamina, dedication and resilience of Mainers. I don’t have an photos of our meal here; only the blueberry pie we ordered to go. It is THE pie of Maine. Helen’s Machias location (there is a newer one in Ellsworth) was opened in 1950 and is a Downeast institution, recognized by many, including Gourmet Magazine as a place to get amazing pie. The pies are filled with a mix of fresh and frozen Maine blueberries, a speciality of this part of the state. And boy is it hefty! There is no skimping here on the blueberries. The rest of the menu is classic coastal Maine fare - lots of simply and expertly prepared fried seafood. They seem to fry most everything in Maine (except lobster). Who knew? And I love it! There are some meat dishes, which I ordered. Don’t make the mistake I did. Get a seafood entree. And then order yourself a slice of pie. 

Obviously, you can’t get this right now. But, the community has rallied behind Helen’s and owners David and Julie Barker plan to rebuild. So go and support this fine American classic when it reopens sometime in Spring 2015!

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Maine: A Tour Downeast | Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound

This place brings back fond memories of my first trip nearly 10 years ago to Maine and Acadia. Located in Trenton just before the bridge taking you to Acadia National Park, there’s no way to miss this place. Lobsters are all cooked to order outside in salt water. They also sell clams, muscles, corn and all other manner of summer food goodness, which you can enjoy on the outdoor picnic tables. We ordered a few things for the drive back to Machias.

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Maine: A Tour Downeast | Red’s Eats - Wiscasset, ME

You can’t miss it. In fact, it’s probably the cause of all the traffic on Route 1 going through Wiscasset, Maine. We parked on a side road and walked around a bit before getting into the line at Red’s Eats. Red’s is known for its huge lobster rolls. More than one lobster per roll, the sign touts. And indeed you get a lot of lobster. Almost too much, in fact. Is it the best tasting lobster roll I had? No. It’s nowhere as delicate or well executed as the roll I had at Libby’s Market. But it’s a fun experience, at least once. And boy, do they pack in the lobster! And if you get tired of waiting for lobster, there’s an ice cream shop next door.

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Maine: A Tour Downeast | Libby’s Market

The best lobster rolls I had on this trip, by far! Sublimely buttered and toasted bun, providing that delicate crunch as you bite into the roll. The smell of clarified butter wafts in the air around the outdoor picnic tables. The lobster is fresh and sweet and it’s wrapped in just the right amount of sauce so as not to overpower the over great flavors. There’s nothing fancy here and it’s really just a little market that does (killer) lobster rolls. But come for the lobster roll if your travels take you north of Portland.

Located just off Route 1 north of Portland, Maine. [map]

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The Town Mouse, Carlton

OK guys this is my new favourite restaurant in Victoria. After months of stalking their Instagram feed and watching their pressure test feature on Masterchef, I had lots of that nasty stuff called ‘expectation’.

I just love how chilled everything is here: bar stools for seats, jovial waitstaff who look like cashiers at General Pants Co and not a single table cloth in sight. We started with a few nibbles and worked our way through the share-style dishes which is perfect for pairs.

And hot damn was the food finger licking good! Highlights for me were the super fresh oysters with chardonnay vinegar sorbet, crispy heirloom kale with gooey slow cooked egg and the chocolate ganache with pumpkin molasses! Madness.

The killer part was the bill which amounted to $70 a head without skimping on the food - exceptional value. Get your mouse on!