Maine

Restaurants in Maine

Not every dish is vegetarian-friendly at this eclectic Bayside hole-in-the-wall, but the multi-page menu is so vast and varied, vegetarians end up with some two-dozen entrees to choose from. When Silly’s opened in 1988, most people thought a “vegan” was an alien from Star Trek.

Lifted out of Greenwich Village in 1960 and plunked down in working-class Lewiston, Guthrie’s is a bohemian café with a menu that skews southwestern.

The New England outpost of lauded chef and plant-food evangelist Matthew Kenney, The Gothic puts a smart, contemporary spin on vegetarian cuisine. Small plates let locally grown and foraged morsels speak for themselves.

Chef and owner Dan Sriprasert’s veggie Thai restaurant has all the curries, stir fry, and noodle dishes you’d expect, and Sriprasert goes in heavy on soy meats, ginger, lemongrass, and tamari.

Now one of six regional locations, the original Wild Willy’s began serving its signature handmade burgers in 2001.

This central Maine institution has been located along the Wiscasset waterfront since 1954, and before that, in nearby Boothby, beginning in 1938. The shack with the red and white awning rests next to Route 1 and specializes in lobster rolls.

Maine’s Mid Coast hides some of its best secrets on the “reaches”: long, narrow peninsulas that stretch like fingers into the sea. The sleepy Harpswell peninsula is just a half-hour’s detour off I-295, yet it could be 200 miles away.

Fresh lobster rolls, fried scallops, and haddock chowder are just a few of the locally renowned specialties at this casual roadside restaurant, situated along U.S. Route One in Midcoast Maine.

This roadside spot on Highway 175 isn’t far from Northern Bay on Maine’s central coast, and it's open only in the summer. Owners Larry and Freda Reynolds prepare warm food to go using primarily local ingredients, including fresh-caught lobster and fish.

This family-friendly joint has famous thick chowder, plus burgers and lobster rolls.

Pronounced "kay-o-las," this restaurant in Portland's tree-lined West End area specializes in down-to-earth New American food with splashes of Mediterranean influences.

Cod End consists of a cookhouse, fish market, and dock, all packaged into one locale. The outdoor deck is scattered with picnic tables, which is the preferred place to sit, weather permitting. Indoor seating and a to-go menu are also offered.

Overlooking the Damariscotta River where it feeds into the Atlantic, this unpretentious spot—decked out with antique lobster buoys, hurricane lamps, and nautical paraphernalia—is a local favorite for its hit parade of seafood greats and for its busy bar on the water’s edge.

Buddy Poland inherited the lobstering tradition from his New England forebears and manages this shingled lobster shack near a harbor called Round Pond, which empties into Muscongus Sound on Maine’s central coast. They’re open from March through Christmas.

The signature lobster roll is stuffed with five ounces of the day's freshest catch-hauled in by the owner himself-and served with a side of chips or homemade potato salad.