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Sunday, April 08, 2007 

The Maine Diner ~ Restaurants Near Kennebunkport

Just up the road from Kennebunkport, on Route 1 in Wells, is one of the most popular eating experiences in Southern Maine. Drive by The Maine Diner on any summer day, at just about any time of the day and, the line at the Maine Diner spills into the parking lot.Those same waiting lines are seen year round, including the winter season, at each meal hour.

My sister, Judy will often drive up to Wells from Southern New Hampshire on a summertime weekend day, arrive in time for a late breakfast at the diner. After a day at the beach, she returns to the diner for an early dinner.

It's this kind of devotion by loyal customers that cause these waiting lines to expand each year.

On our latest trip to the diner, Janice ordered what she usually gets, breakfast (The Maine Diner serves wonderful breakfasts all day long). A three egg cheese omelet with homefries. I ate the homefries, they are great.

For me, on this trip it was the "Jim Nantz" meal. What's the Jim Nantz meal? It's the "Dale Arnold" lobster roll with a cup of The Maine Diner's famous seafood chowder. The seafood chowder was overflowing with scallops, clams and shrimp and it was delicious.

The Dale Arnold lobster roll is a toasted hot dog roll with warm lobster stuffed inside and piled high on top. It was the most lobster I have ever had in a lobster roll. A cup of warm butter is served on the side. You can dunk your lobster into the butter or pour it on your roll. Warning...don't pour too much on the roll, it will fall apart. It is a very different lobster roll than any I have ever had but, it certainly was delicious. I opted for the potato salad side dish. They have great potato salad. The other choices are potato chips or cole slaw. I'm not real big on cole slaw and hey, I can get potato chips anywhere.

Janice and I have been to The Maine Diner many times. All the food is good home cookin'. The service is always friendly and the prices are reasonable. Try it, you too may go back for more later that same day.

Stop by the front desk at The Maine Stay and we will give you a map to The Maine Diner.


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