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Dining & Nightlife

Maine-style Chef's Salad

Maine-style Chef's Salad

Photo Credit: Photo by Randall Smith, from Fresh Maine Salads


Visitors should be warned that a Maine meal, wherever and however you have it, may be habit-forming. Maine chefs are hot—not just popular but drawing heavy-duty national acclaim. The state’s seafood is sought by fish and lobster lovers around the globe. Its farmers markets are booming, with more markets, more farmers per market and a wider range of produce than ever before. All sorts of specialty foods, microbrews, and beverages, often made by small businesses or even in home kitchens, are winning national and regional awards. And foragers are finding an array of wild edibles that offer new taste sensations to adventurous eaters.

There is no question that lobsters highlight the menus in many Maine restaurants and these tasty crustaceans are a delicacy that should not be missed, but Maine offers fine dining options throughout the state. Seafood restaurants dot the coastline and provide food so fresh, it probably came from the ocean just a few hours earlier. Fine dining restaurants, country inns and resorts serve up elegant culinary delights for the sophisticated palate, while small town restaurants and sporting camps pile your plate high with delicious home-cooked meals.

A change has taken place in the Maine cuisine and the excitement is palpable. At many Maine restaurants and at farms, fairs and festivals where foodies gather around the state, you can feel the buzz. As the national food press explores the territory and sends out enthusiastic reports, more people are coming to Maine mainly to eat. They’re finding a culinary landscape that makes the state a delicious destination for people with a range of economic levels and culinary predilections. Whether you prefer to eat out or buy the ingredients and cook them up yourself, Maine has something exciting to offer, something distinctively its own.

Find out why food lovers are coming to Maine! Find profiles of the state’s award-winning chefs and information about dining at their nationally acclaimed restaurants.

Interested in visiting a Maine restaurant or turning your family travel into a culinary experience? Plan your vacation or weekend getaway by searching for Maine restaurants or using our free travel planner.

Maine Diners Offer a Casual Alternative

A meal at a Maine diner can come with home-cooked chowders, muffins and blueberry pies, as well as some ethnic specialties. Even some remote locales offer surprising, out-of-the-way gourmet eateries:

  • Maine Diner
  • Moody’s Diner
  • Rapid Ray’s
  • Flo’s Hot Dogs
  • Becky’s Diner
  • A1 Diner