The Maine Event

As I may have mentioned - yes, smugly, obviously - before, next week sees me back in the US for what's not exactly the worst assignment of my life. 
The Ad Codd burger - the kind of treat I'm hoping to find a lot of...

The trip is for MSN Food and Drink. The sponsor is Motel 6. The location is the East Coast, from Brooklyn to Bangor, from Bangor to Boston. The mission? Local restaurants and American classics. We're talking crab shacks, diners, burger places, hot dogs, cheese melts, pizzas and, of course, clam chowder and lobster rolls. We're talking Man v Food /  Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Like I say: not the worst assignment of my life. You'll be able to follow my progress - and see what I'm eating - via my Twitter feed, MSN Food's and my Instagram account (username: DineHard). I'll try and keep this blog updated during the week but, if all goes to plan, on Friday 3rd August, I'll be live blogging for MSN from The Maine Lobster Festival

This week, we'll be crossing the Ts and dotting the lower case Js, but likely schedule is as follows: 

July 29 - Brooklyn
July 30 - Brooklyn
July 31 - Newport, Rhode Island
August 1 - Bangor, Maine
August 2 - Augusta, Maine
August 3 - Boston - via Portland and The Maine Lobster Festival
August 4 - Boston
August 5 - Boston 

So... anyone got any must-eat suggestions for any of those locations? Anyone based in any of those locations who wants to meet for a beer / burger / lobster roll? Any restaurateurs in those locations who fancy a chat? The appetite is willing and the diary is wide open... 


We've just come back from Boston.We thought it was the most beautiful city in the US. (Next to New York and Savannah.) Had a recommendation to eat at a highly regarded place called Davio's. Amazing. Looks like a former bank; gorgeous high ceilings, beautiful banquettes and polished timber decor, but the food and service is like a lovely, homely, family-run restaurant. The staff are some of the loveliest I've ever met. And the food! OMG. OMG.

Maine is also staggeringly beautiful. Are you driving? Wisasset has a great place called Le Garage - right on the water in one of the prettiest villages in the state. It's a former mechanics garage, and has been reinvented as a great, great restaurant (still with rustic touches). Famous for seafood.

You also need to get to Mt Desert Island. Regularly voted in Top 3 Most Beautiful Islands in the US (lots of celebs live there - David Rockefeller, MArtha Stewart, etc) - but more famous for seafood. Bar Harbor is FULL of seafood places, from clamshacks to cute harbourside diners. Fantastic atmosphere too.

Other places/towns famous for food and scenery in equal measures: Camden/Rockland/Boothbay Harbor and even Nantucket near Cape Cod.

Have an amazing trip!
Love to Angela. Janelle McCulloch, Australia
Unknown said…
Sounds like my kinda trip,enjoy
Gene said…
That's a plum assignment, if I've ever heard of one! Pace yourself son!
Anonymous said…
The Parish Cafe in Boston has amazing sandwiches. I highly recommend the Regal Regis sandwich. The rootbeer there is also excellent. Flour Bakery in Boston is another can't miss. Try the cinnamon cream brioche. Out of this world!!
I haven't got a location specific recommendation but I travelled to Newark recently and discovered Smashburger, a fast food chain with a difference. I was amazed you could choose the bun and it felt like you were having a healthyish meal! Plus the sweet potato fries were yummy

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