Article from Maine Windjammer Association August 2018 Newsletter ()
May 16, 2015
On-Shore Dining

If you love food, there’s no better place to visit than Maine, where chefs have access to the best seafood in the world, grass-fed beef, free-range chickens and a ready availability of local, organically grown produce. It is no wonder that renowned chefs have flocked to the state where their creativity can have free reign. From restaurants featuring entirely locavore food to comfort food to scrumptious seafood, visitors have many fabulous choices throughout the state.

On the very first night of any windjammer cruise, guests are responsible for finding their own supper and captains are happy to make recommendations. Since passengers also tend to spend a few extra days in the area, getting the inside scoop on local restaurants is much appreciated.

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A popular restaurant in Camden where reservations are suggested, Long Grain features Asian and Thai dishes.

For Captain Jenny Tobin of the Lewis R. French, she recommends Long Grain in Camden. “It’s incredibly fresh and delicious, but you need a reservation,” she warns.

All-you-can-eat seafood dinners are served 7 days a week at the Rockland Café on Main Street.

According to Captains Doug and Linda Lee of the Heritage, “We enjoy breakfast and lunch at the Brass Compass and the Rockland Cafe. Both are reasonably priced and serve good food, good portions and good Maine food in a simple, relaxed, homey atmosphere. Dinner is also available at the Rockland Cafe and Cafe Miranda has wonderful food. Primo is great for Sunday night – $1 oysters – but it gets more expensive once you start ordering glasses of wine and other bits to eat.”

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Melissa Kelly is the Executive Chef and proprietor of Primo, located in Rockland. She is the 2013 James Beard Foundation Award winner of the American Express Best Chef: Northeast Award. She also received this award in 1999, making her the first two-time winner of the same award.

Jane Barnes, co-owner of the Stephen Taber, shared her favorites: “Primo, In Good Company, The Slipway, 3 Crow and the Fog Bar.”

Captain Brenda Thomas also advises her guests from the Schooner Isaac H. Evans to check out the Rockland Cafe. This local “hot spot” offers plentiful portions at a reasonable price. Nothing fancy - just good. Be sure to grab one of those huge whoopie pies next to the register when you pay your check.

Captain Dennis and Candace of the Angelique have a number of restaurants they recommend including the Home Kitchen Cafe in Rockland, Boynton McKay in Camden for breakfast. For lunch, they suggest the Long Grain in Camden, Mariners in Camden, Waterman’s Beach Lobster in South Thomaston. And then for dinner, the Long Grain in Camden (reservation a must), Suzuki in Rockland, 3 Crow in Rockland, Waterfront in Camden, 40 Paper in Camden.

For anyone extending their stay, Captain Dennis also recommends hiking the Camden Hills, a visit to the Farnsworth Art Museum and dinner at Primo: “It’s not just food, but an experience!”

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