What is a hidden gem restaurant? It might look understated from the outside but serve up a seriously excellent meal. It may be located in an obscure location that’s not easily to find. Hidden gem restaurants might be right under your nose, but you’ve never given them a try. The following are Maine’s best hidden gems. You’re definitely going to be coming back for more.
Open seasonally, Bresca and the Honeybee has some of the best hot dog concoctions around. Visitors love the Hotdog Indochine, made with pickled carrots, radish, cilantro, basil, Fresno chili, cucumber, citrus chili, and mayonnaise. To locate the restaurant, simply find Outlet Beach and look for the snack bar.
The Eagle’s Nest Restaurant sits right along the Penobscot River. Open for decades, it’s one of those places you may just pass by. The lobster rolls are delicious, as is the fried seafood. Other entrees include ham steak, stuffed chicken breast, veal cutlets, and more. The meals are hearty and the prices are good.
If you like homemade Kombucha and you’re looking for a great place for breakfast and lunch, visit Boynton-McKay Food Co. in Camden. In 2010, they received accolades from Food Network Magazine, who claimed they served the “Best Breakfast in Maine.”
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Badger’s Island Pizza is well worth your while. Their pan pizzas and calzones are akin to those served in Boston’s North End. Their subs and salads are delicious, too. The portions are hearty and the prices are really good. Be sure to walk a few steps onto the Memorial Bridge when you finish eating. It’s the perfect spot to view both Maine and New Hampshire at the same time, and to get some great pics of the Portsmouth seaport.
Located in an old Pizza Hut building, Governor’s Restaurant is the perfect family meal stop. Serving three meals daily, the fare is hearty and the service is good. Their bakery is incredible, with daily offerings like whoopie pies, giant no-bake cookies and homemade fudge. The kids will love watching the train that circles round and round the restaurant—its track affixed just below the ceiling.
For some of the best Mexican food in Maine, visit Loco Coco’s Tacos in Kittery. Situated in what looks like an old remade garage, and laden with plastic chairs inside, the food is absolutely delicious and super affordable, too. Indulge in a taco salad or a burrito bowl. And be sure to have a margarita or two as well. The service is remarkable!
If you’ve never been to the original Pat’s Pizza in Orono, it’s beyond time. The best pizza in the Bangor area, Pat Farnsworth started serving pizzas at this same location back in 1953. The rest, as they say, is history. Although it’s a bit nondescript, you’ll know you’re in the right spot by the aroma that hits you the moment you open the door.
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If you haven’t been to Izakaya Minato yet, you’re missing out big time. This Japanese restaurant is truly amazing. Some of the most delicious sashimi and carafes of saki are served here. Be sure to stop in the next time you’re in Portland.
Open for lunch and dinner, Rockland Café is a must-visit spot when you’re in Rockland. The outside may be understated but when you take your first bite of that haddock fish cake, you’ll know you’ve found the perfect spot. Equally as divine, check out the Boiled Dinner with ham and the fried seafood combo. You’ll be glad you did.