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Susan Axelrod

Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business for 15 years before turning to journalism. By day, she is the social media editor for Portland Press Herald. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs, preferably followed by a cocktail or a Maine beer. Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or On Twitter: @susansaxelrod

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Posted: October 16, 2014

Dining Guide: 5 notable Maine steakhouses

In a state with 3,478 miles of coastline, it’s no wonder so many Maine restaurant menus feature its bounty. But as much as we love our seafood, sometimes we just want to tuck into a juicy cut of beef.

Written by: Susan Axelrod

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The Steakhouse in Wells. Press Herald file photo

The Steakhouse in Wells. Press Herald file photo

The Steakhouse

1205 Post Rd., Wells | 646-4200| | $$$$
This sprawling landmark is popular with locals and tourists, who flock here for the reasonably priced steaks, which the restaurant proudly proclaims are “U.S.D.A. Prime and Choice corn-fed heavy Western beef.” Adding to the value: steak dinners come with two sides, including barbecue baked beans, a customer favorite. Of the seafood on the menu, the crab cakes — baked, not fried — get high marks.

The sign for The Grill Room tells you what the menu's all about.  Maine Today file photo

The sign for The Grill Room tells you what the menu’s all about. Maine Today file photo

The Grill Room

84 Exchange St., Portland | 774-2333 | | $$$$
One of chef Harding Lee Smith’s four Portland restaurants, The Grill Room is all about beef, with rib-eye and sirloin topping the menu. There’s also wood-fired pizza and a great variety of wood-grilled fish and meat. The space has a touch of Old World character and a comfortable, welcoming feel, with an exposed kitchen and chatty staff. Reservations are recommended, but a light bar menu also is available.

A booth at Timber. Ted Axelrod photo

A booth at Timber. Ted Axelrod photo

Timber Steakhouse & Rotisserie

106 Exchange St., Portland | 721-0100 | | $$$$
Brothers Noah and Dan Talmatch (who also own Portland’s popular The North Point) have another home run with Timber, which they describe as a “classy steakhouse with a modern Maine twist.” Befitting a city steakhouse, it’s sleek and swanky, with plenty of rustic wood elements to reflect its name. Wednesdays and Sundays are Prime Rib Nights, when slabs of local beef can be had for the relatively bargain price of $29, including salad, vegetable and potato.


2919 Maine, Waldoboro | 832-6272 | No website | $$$
This is one of those restaurants everyone wishes they had in their neighborhood: nothing fancy, reliable and friendly, as comfortable as your favorite pair of jeans. The menu ranges from steak to pizzas and there’s even a 6-ounce sirloin steak on the kids’ menu. Fridays are prime rib night; those in the know go early to be sure to get their order in before it runs out.

Jack Russell’s Steakhouse & Brewery

102 Eden St., Bar Harbor | 288-5214 | No website | $$$
One of Bar Harbor’s most popular restaurants thankfully takes reservations, which you will need here, especially on weekends. Your meal will start with a freshly baked pretzel instead of a dinner roll, but otherwise the menu is stacked with steak and seafood classics, all at lower-than-big-city prices The prime rib, offered on the regular menu, is a favorite, as are the crab cakes. Canine companions are welcome to join their owners on the patio.

Key to prices

The approximate cost of two dinner entrees (not including appetizers, drinks, tax and gratuity).
$ – $15 and under
$$ – $16 to $25
$$$ – $26 to $45
$$$$ – $46 and up

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