Best of Maine

Place and event reviews and articles by town and city in Maine.

Bombay Mahal has been our favorite Indian Restaurant for 20 years

City or Town: 
Brunswick
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 George

                We’ve been dining for 2 decades at our favorite Indian restaurant, Bombay Mahal in Brunswick. Raj and Bina Sharma opened their restaurant 25 years ago, and it’s now the oldest Indian restaurant in Maine (and we would also argue the best Indian restaurant in Maine).

            I could sit in this intimate place for hours, entranced by the low lights, music, art, and awesome food, starting with naan and ending with a delightful bowl of ice cream. I do have one tip for you: don’t fill up on appetizers and naan! Portions here are large, and we didn’t make a dent in our main courses on our visit two weeks ago.

The A1 Diner is A Great!

City or Town: 
Gardiner
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George

                 You may be wondering why we’ve never written about the A1 Diner in Gardiner, a very popular place right here in central Maine. Well, we just figured everyone already knew about this wonderful eatery, which has even been featured on national television and had an entire book written about them.

                But then we decided to do it because the A1 really is a special place. The Worcester Diner #790 was delivered by truck and installed at 3 Bridge Street in Gardiner in 1946. It immediately became popular with employees of Gardiner’s factories, who appreciated the large portions and low prices.

Inn by the Sea is World Class

City or Town: 
Cape Elizabeth
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 Linda    

                Entering the two story suite at Inn By the Sea in Cape Elizabeth, I breathe a sigh of relaxation. Its contemporary design is a stark contrast to our old cape in Mt Vernon. And it is one of the most beautiful places we have ever stayed.

                Their spacious rooms are tastefully decorated but not over-decorated. It is a relaxing space filled with clean lines and artwork. There's even a small kitchen with island seating as well as a microwave, fridge, coffee pot, and full set of dishes and silverware. The wall facing the sea includes a two story window with an automatic shade. Double doors open to a private deck.

New chef offers fantastic food at the Sea Glass Restaurant

City or Town: 
Cape Elizabeth
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 Linda

                The Sea Glass restaurant, located in the Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth, is a very special place. The Sea Glass Art Collection had recently been changed and the walls showcased bright colors and a variety of artistic styles. You will find Maine artists as well as Matisse and Chagall.

                We’ve sent several friends here for special celebrations, and they’ve all raved about both the inn and the restaurant. If you haven’t yet experienced a dinner here, mark it down for a special treat.

The Lucerne Inn now has one of our favorite chefs

City or Town: 
Bangor
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 George

                We would follow Arturo Montez anywhere. One of our favorite chefs, Arturo cooked for years at the Looking Glass restaurant at Bar Harbor’s BlueNose Inn, but that place was closed in the winter, so he had to move here and there for winter employment. Finally, last year, he moved to the year-round position as chef at the Lucerne Inn just east of Bangor.

                Lucky for us, because the Lucerne Inn is also a favorite of ours. And because it has new owners and a new chef (ok, we are very familiar with him!), we thought it was important to revisit and bring you up-to-date on this place. Well, that was our excuse for returning a couple of weeks ago!

Buen Apetito is one of our all-time favorite restaurants

City or Town: 
Waterville
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                 It’s easy to see why Buen Apetito is so popular: very tasty food, large portions, and low prices. We’ve been eating at Gary LaPlante’s restaurant since he first opened many years ago in a tiny place up the street. After he moved to his current location, beside Railroad Square Cinema, there was often long lines waiting in the hall to get into the restaurant.       

                Thankfully, Gary has expanded by adding a new entrance with a bar and several tables. You might still have to wait, but not nearly as long as in the past. It was surprisingly busy on a Tuesday night.

A great place in Yarmouth to gather

City or Town: 
Yarmouth
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                 You can gather at home, or in this beautiful restaurant in an historic Masonic Hall, but wherever you choose, Gather’s food will impress and please you.

                Our friends Bill Seretta and Lyn Baird, who dine here often, recommended Gather and joined us for dinner there. I was intrigued with the huge space with lots of seating choices, their interesting decorations, and the open kitchen where you can watch the staff prepare your meal. You can sit at a long bar on one side, or booths on the other, or individual tables – including a large setting that accommodates a group of up to 18 diners.

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