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Best Lobster Roll

At the Clam Shack (2 Western Ave., Kennebunkport; 207/967-2560; lobster rolls for four $56) lobster meat is hand-shredded (a knife causes oxidation) and finished simply with butter or mayo, then tucked into a plush hamburger roll. Hamburger roll?Yep: Traditionalists insist on a hot-dog bun, but the Clam Shack succeeds by being oddball.

Anything Else to Eat?

The finest doughnuts in the state—maybe even the whole country—can be found at an unassuming joint called Congdon’s (1090 Post Rd., Wells; 207/646-4219). Take your pick of either the fluffy raised variety or the dense cakelike ones, and then move on to the sticky buns and whoopee pies. But get there early: Congdon’s opens at 6 a.m. and occasionally sells out by noon.

Wild Willy’s Burgers (765 Rte. 1, York; 207/363-9924; burgers for four $24) is only six years old, but it’s already a legend and has spawned three satellite locations. At the original, a kitschy, Western-themed hut beside the highway, hand-shaped patties are perfectly grilled and served with a staggering choice of toppings (try the Wicked Good, with Swiss, cheddar, and sautéed onions and mushrooms), along with fries made from never- frozen Maine potatoes.

What’s a hamburger without a hot dog?For that, you go down the road to Flo’s (Rte. 1, York; hot dogs for four $20), a shack that would be inconspicuous but for the line, which often stretches across the parking lot.

At the Maine Diner (2265 Rte. 1, Wells; 207/646-4441; mainediner.com dinner for four $50), the charmingly retro interior says "diner," but the food is a cut above. Don’t miss the seafood chowder or the lobster pie (think: chicken-pot pie, but pink).

Grissini (27 Western Ave., Kennebunk; 207/967-2211; restaurant grissini.com; dinner for four $75) is a trattoria, run by the proprietors of the Yachtsman and Beach House Inn hotels. Un-Maine-like as it is, the room is engagingly informal—there’s also a flagstone patio for outdoor dining—and the wood-oven pizzas and handmade pastas are first-rate.

In need of something sweet?Of course you are. Head out to Cape Neddick for a black-raspberry cone at Brown’s Ice Cream (Nubble Rd., Cape Neddick; 207/363-1277), an old-fashioned stand that’s just a short walk from the Nubble Lighthouse.

Let’s Hear it for Farmstands!

This is the land of the blueberry, after all—and we mean the tiny, tangy wild variety. Maine leads the world in production and cultivation of wild blueberries; peak season is July and August. Arriving in June?You’re just in time for the strawberries!

At Spiller Farm (85 Spiller Farm Lane, Wells; 207/985-2575), you can pick your own blueberries and strawberries—and raspberries too.

On the other hand, if outstanding tomatoes are what you’re after, York Corner Gardens (381 Rte. 1, York; 207/363-5900) is the place.

And Buffum Hill Farm (Rte. 1, Wells) has been selling plums, grapes, and its own sweet corn since 1931. When I dropped by last summer, a 10-year-old was tending the store.


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