Where to Eat in Maine If You Don’t Like Lobster Slideshow

Fore Street (Portland)

James Beard Award-winning chef Sam Hayward helms the open kitchen at Fore Street. Located one block from the waterfront in Portland'sOld Port District, Fore Street serves locally sourced food like steamed mussels and marinated hanger steak.

Primo (Rockland)

Primo raises its own pigs and chickens and grows produce on its own farm, which makes it the ultimate farm-to-table experience in Maine. Chef Melissa Kelly serves dishes made with ingredients from the farm and locally sourced, like seared Nantucket day boat sea scallops with roasted beets, braised fennel gratinée, sunflower sprout, and grapefruit and frisée salad with grated licorice root, and local swordfish "Livornese" style with fried eggplant, tomatoes, capers, and Taggiasca olives on wilted garden rapini.

Flatbread’s Pizza (Portland)

Overlooking Casco Bay, Flatbread’s Pizza serves pizzas made in a wood-fired clay oven. The pizza chain only uses organic ingredients and free-range meats.

Arrows (Ogunquit)

Country restaurant Arrows is headed by two James Beard Award-winning chefs, Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier, who were also on this season of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters. The converted 18th-century farmhouse is lauded for its lobster rolls, but its prosciuttos and charcuterie are created on-site. Arrows has its own garden and smokehouse.

Solo Bistro (Bath)

Chef Tony Lavelle and his team use organic, locally sourced ingredients to create Solo Bistro’s lunches and dinners. The menu includes a nightly, three-course prix fixe menu for $24.99. Menu items include spiced crusted scallops with orange star anise glaze and baby bok choy, and grilled pork tenderloin with cilantro pumpkin seed paste and chile oil.

Azure Café (Freeport)

After shopping at L.L. Bean, head to Azure Cafe. Kathy Bechtel, founder of Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine, considers Azure Café to be the best restaurant in Freeport, even if its authentic Italian fare is really more Italian-American in Bechtel’s opinion.

One Stanley Avenue Restaurant (Kingfield)

If you’re looking for the best dining around Sugarloaf, Bechtel suggests the family-owned One Stanley Avenue.

"Totally old school dining, no award-winning chefs, no modern décor," said Bechtel.

Open seasonally from mid-December through mid-April, One Stanley Avenue Restaurant serves classic Maine cuisine like steamed fiddleheads in lemon butter, maple cider chicken, saged rabbit with raspberry sauce, and venison stroganoff.

98 Provence (Ogunquit)

French country Provençal-style dining awaits at Provence 98, complete with a candlelit dining room with a cozy stone fireplace, which offers vegetarian-friendly options as well.

Green Elephant (Portland)

Asian-influenced vegetarian cuisine is served at Green Elephant. The menu includes Chinese broccoli with crispy breaded soy fillet; organic green tea noodles in miso soup with Napa cabbage, soy fillet, seaweed, and scallion; and pineapple brown rice with sunflower seeds, soy meat, sweet corn, peas, carrots, scallion, and egg.

Street and Co. (Portland)

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James Beard Award-winning chef Sam Hayward helms Street and Co., a seafood restaurant that emphasizes simplicity in its daily-changing menu of rustic, local seafood with Mediterranean flavors.

Henry and Marty (Brunswick)

Henry and Marty’s uses local and organic ingredients for is menu that changes with the seasons. Nearly all menu items are gluten-free or can be made gluten-free. The menu is also loaded with vegetarian options, including locally made tempeh.