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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 saxelrod@mainetoday.com On Twitter: @susansaxelrod

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Posted: July 29, 2015

Dining Guide: 5 notable restaurants in Boothbay Harbor and Boothbay

Written by: Susan Axelrod

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The Lobster Dock

The Lobster Dock. Courtesy photo

The Lobster Dock. Courtesy photo

49 Atlantic Ave., Boothbay Harbor | 207-633-7120 | thelobsterdock.com | $$$
An icon on the East side of the harbor, The Lobster Dock is famous for its bright red picnic tables and its terrific seafood. Sit on the multi-level deck (or inside if the weather is iffy) and tuck into a traditional lobster dinner, first-rate haddock sandwich, lobster or crab roll, even mussels marniere and calamari fra diavolo. Now in his 16th summer, owner Mitch Weiss provides everything you want in a waterside lobster restaurant, and then some: a varied wine list; great steaks, and on the weekends, prime rib.

The World is Mine Oyster

Mine Oyster. Susan Axelrod photo

Mine Oyster. Susan Axelrod photo

16 Wharf St., Pier I, Boothbay Harbor | 207-633-6616 | mineoyster.net | $$$$
One of the best places in the midcoast to enjoy oysters is this seasonal restaurant right on the harbor, where the first floor raw bar regularly offers at least a dozen varieties, including the “house oyster,” Glidden Point, harvested from the nearby Damariscotta River. Chef Stephen Richards (Maine Lobster Chef of the Year in 2014) does a superb job with the rest of the menu, and there’s even a sushi bar. In good weather, grab a seat on one of the upstairs decks, which have great views of the busy harbor.

Blue Moon Cafe

Blue Moon Cafe. Susan Axelrod photo

Blue Moon Cafe. Susan Axelrod photo

54 Commercial St., Boothbay Harbor | 207-633-2220 | bluemoonboothbayharbor.com | $$
Blue Moon’s awning shaded deck may be the best place in the harbor for breakfast — there’s an expansive view and great food. The cinnamon-pecan crisped French toast is delicious (be sure to order it with real maple syrup), as are the Maine blueberry pancakes; there’s also a variety of creative egg dishes. Benedicts and other specials are added to the menu for weekend brunch, all of which go beautifully with owner Fred Munro’s “most excellent Bloody Mary.” The lunch menu includes hot and cold sandwiches, salads, burgers and soup — everything is fresh, tasty and served with a smile.

Ports of Italy

47 Commercial St., Boothbay Harbor | 207-633-1101 | portsofitaly.com/boothbay | $$$$
Ports of Italy, on the second floor of a building across from Boothbay Harbor’s bustling waterfront, feels a world away — especially in the summer months. The menu is a large but not overwhelming mix of Italian entrees, insalate, pasti and antipasti; the pasta is homemade and excellent. A house specialty is porchetta, a thickly sliced roll of moist roast suckling pig studded with herbs. Owner Sante Calandri, a native of Perugia, Italy, is a welcoming and constant presence in the dining room.

Bet’s Fish Fry

Bet's Fish Fry. Susan Axelrod photo

Bet’s Fish Fry. Susan Axelrod photo

20 Common Drive, Boothbay | No phone | No website | $
If you’re on your way to Boothbay Harbor, you can’t miss Bet’s “shack” on the left side of Route 27. The menu is limited to fish sandwiches, “fish in a dish” (i.e no roll) and freshly cut fries. The fish — haddock caught by owner Bet Finocchiaro brother — is super fresh and the portions are huge. Two mere mortals can share a “Half.” Grab plenty of napkins and a soda from the machine, choose a picnic table on the lawn behind the shack and dig in to some of the best fish you’ll find anywhere. Cash only.

 

 

 

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$$ – $16 to $25
$$$ – $26 to $45
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