Maine Summer Eats & Drinks

Some of our favorite foods come out of hibernation in the spring—edible reminders that summer’s is coming (and our stomachs can’t wait)! Whether it’s that favorite lobster roll with a side of cole slaw or the pint of Pier Fries doused with salt and vinegar, we all have a hankering for something special that screams “Summer is here!” The open-air decks and patios, where we can tip back a cocktail or enjoy a local beer with the sun on our shoulders, are sublime perks to summer, too. Here are a few of our favorite summer eats and drinks:

Photo courtesy Quarry Tap Room

Quarry Tap Room, 122 Water St., Hallowell, (207)?213–6173
“Quarry Tap Room in the hip little city of Hallowell is named for the granite quarries that defined the city’s past. The rustic interior has exposed brick, local music and more than 30 beers on tap. But when the weather’s fine, I opt to sit on the patio, watch the Kennebec River roll by, and nibble on BBQ smokehouse nachos accompanied by a signature Quarry Water.”
—Lori Douglas Clark, contributor

Schutty’s Seafood, 410 State Road, West Bath, (207)?798–9167
“Food trucks are all the rage now and can be found in most city centers, but located between Brunswick and Bath on State Road, you might miss Schutty’s. Schutty’s has delicious seafood including chowders, sandwiches (classic rolls) and baskets. I’m a fan of the fresh fish tacos topped with an amazing slaw and secret sauce. Take the food with you for a picnic, rent kayaks right next door at Seaspray, or, if you can’t wait for your delicious meal, enjoy it at the picnic tables.”
—Anna E. Jordan, contributor

George’s Sandwich Shop, 37 Franklin St., Biddeford, (207)?282–9713
“George’s Italians is open year-round, but these yummy sandwiches are really best enjoyed on the beach with a side of Cape Cod chips and a really cold beer. I like mine with ham, cheese, pickles, black olive, on wheat, oil and pepper, no salt. It’s the only Italian sub I will eat!”?
—Emma Bouthillette, contributor

Five Islands Lobster Co., 1447 5 Islands Road, Georgetown, (207)?371–2990
“The deck at the Five Islands Lobster Co. in Georgetown deck has a perfect view and The Perfect Fried Clams. It’s off the beaten path and definitely worth the trip. Taking in the view of Sheepscot Bay is almost, but not quite, as delicious as the clams.”
—Amy Canfield, editor

Photo by Taylor Roberge

The Run of the Mill Public House & Brewery, 100 Main St., Saco
“The Run of the Mill is one of my favorite summer spots because it blends some of my favorite things: beer/cocktails, mac & cheese and being outside while consuming these things. One of their specialty cocktails is the Spicy Watermelon Margarita, which is absolutely killer. (But all their cocktails and beer are fantastic.) Combine that with their super cheesy spinach and artichoke dip, their mac and beer cheese topped with a parmesan wheel, all while sitting out on their patio overlooking the Saco River, you’re in for a good time.”
—Taylor Roberge, graphic designer

Royal River Grill House, 106 Lafayette St., Yarmouth, (207)?846–1226
“The screened-in porch at Royal River Grill in Yarmouth. Gazing over the glowing water in the late-evening sun while eating truffle fries and drinking sparkling Rosé is my favorite way to spend a warm Thursday night.”
—Maggie Knowles, contributor

Casco Bay Lines Ferry, (207)?774–7871
“My favorite thing is packing a picnic, enjoying the 20-minute ferry ride out to Peaks Island and finding a place on one of the many beaches peppered throughout the island to take in the setting sun.”
—Katie Bell, contributor

Photo by Shannon Bryan

Bite Into Maine, 1000 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth (inside Fort Williams Park)
“Judging by the people lined up outside the food truck every time I’m there, I’m not alone in thinking a lobster roll and ginger soda from Bite Into Maine is a summer winner. I fancy the picnic-style lobster roll, with its layer of cole slaw, the most, but you really can’t go wrong with the choices here. Plus, you can eat it at a picnic table or in the grass overlooking the Atlantic and oh-so-stunning Portland Head Light (and then go play on the old fort!)”
—Shannon Bryan, editor

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