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Maine restaurants

Lobster is just about as ubiquitous in Maine restaurants as you would expect, showing up on and in everything from toasted rolls and bisques to souffléés and brûlées. To get your lobster fix, skip the fancy trimmings and head for a place such as Phil's Route 27 Lobster Shop—home of some of Maine's best lobster rolls—or even Portland's DiMillo's, a former ferry that overcomes its tourist trappings with just enough kitschy charm. Once you've satisfied your seafood cravings, or at least taken the edge off, you'll discover that Maine restaurants offer a whole lot more than spiny little sea creatures. Portland's chefs are among the state's best-known celebrities, and demonstrate their kitchen prowess at local favorites such as Fore Street and Duckfat, while Primo in Rockland and Arrows in Ogunquit have become synonymous with the seaside towns they call home. Maine restaurants also rival any other spot in the country for a focus on creative, sustainable cuisine. On a summer evening, there's a good chance that your entire meal was harvested locally—and not just from the sea.

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The White Barn Inn Restaurant, Kennebunkport

Dining at the White Barn should be on those life-lists that crop up everywhere these days. British-born Jonathan Cartwright, the chef since 1994, oversees...more

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Primo, Rockland

Don't let the 19th-century, Victorian exterior fool you: Primo is about as au courant as it comes in New England, thanks to its 21st-century attitude toward...more

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Phil's Route 27 Lobster Shop, Boothbay

Phil "the Baker" McLellan is a man of few words, and those that he does mutter might seem unintelligible unless you're a Maine-ah yourself. No matter: His...more

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Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster, Freeport

Let's face it: Racing around among Freeport's outlets can be exhausting. Heck, even just stepping foot into L.L. Bean's gargantuan headquarters after finding a...more

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Geddy's, Bar Harbor

If you go to Acadia National Park to escape chaos, then you go to Geddy's to reenter it—in a good way. A Bar Harbor institution since 1974, the...more

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Fore Street, Portland

When people who don't have a date with the bingo table start lining up for dinner at 5 pm, you've probably found a first-rate restaurant. Fore Street is a...more

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Federal Jack's, Kennebunk

Federal Jack's is the birthplace of Shipyard Ale and sits high above the hullabaloo of Kennebunk (hence the tagline "A Brew with a View"). But there's great...more

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Duckfat, Portland

If you're going to eat fries, you might as well eat twice-fried-in-duck-fat Belgian frites that come in a paper cone. That's what you'll find at Duckfat, a...more

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Dimillo's Floating Restaurant, Portland

A total tourist trap—but who cares? DiMillo's is an old Rhode Island car ferry that is now permanently docked in Portland Harbor as a seafood and Italian...more

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The Clam Shack, Kennebunkport

C'mon, bickering over the best seafood stand in Maine is a bore: There are many fine finger-food establishments strung like Christmas lights up the coast. But...more

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