I regard the Maine Diner as the best diner in New England.
That’s extremely noteworthy, given the tough competition. Each and
every time, the Maine Diner just seems to embody every element that
makes a diner great. Consistency matters, especially when the quality
of the food and service are set to top-notch status.
Maine Diner in Wells, Maine: Regional
Cuisine, Diner Food at its Best
Maine Diner, Wells, Maine.
by Eric J. Hurwitz. Article updated on Aug. 19, 2017. All photos
by Eric unless otherwise noted.
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Sure, the Maine Diner could have easy "gone Hollywood" with its
celebrity sightings, gift shop merchandising, borderline restaurant
look, and an ambitious marketing plan. Is that any way a diner should
act? I say, "Why not?"
The Maine Diner might have a better grasp of the 21st century than your
typical diner, but there are enough superb diner dishes, some of the
nicest waitresses you'll ever meet, neon, counter, booths, and local
conversation to call this a real diner -- and a great one, at that. The
Maine Diner taps into the coastal dining scene with some real seafood
gems like lobster pie, lobster rolls, lobster salad seafood chowder,
crab cakes fried clams (all as good, if not better than some of the
nearby waterfront restaurants, and often at cheaper prices), but I
always like to go with the basics -- or as the Maine Diner puts it,
"World Famous Food Like Grandma Used to Make!"
Lobster salad from the Maine Diner.
Some recommendations: the fluffy blueberry pancakes loaded with
blueberries, Yankee pot roast, homemade chili, chicken pot pie, mac and
cheese (they do have a yummy lobster mac and cheese version, too!), and
the “Diner Special” with two eggs, bacon, ham or sausage, and corned
beef hash, home fries, toast and jelly. For dessert, I always go with
either the blueberry pie (amazing, you can taste the blueberries unlike
some of the artificial-tasting pies served elsewhere) or homemade
Homemade blueberry pie from the Maine Diner. Photo source: Maine
Diner Facebook fan page at https://www.facebook.com/MaineDiner/
The Maine Diner is a relative newcomer to the diner scene having
started in 1983, but 7,000,000-plus million customers later and a
convenient location near many southern Maine beaches helps make the
Maine Diner a landmark diner. We just love it here!
Lobster roll from the Maine Diner.
Interesting Maine Diner tidbits:
Maine Diner General Manager Jim MacNeill reports that former Boston Red
Sox pitching great Luis Tiant is a huge fan of the Maine Diner, and
eats there up to four times a week! Tiant is such a fixture at the
Maine Diner that he goes to their Christmas parties and always finds
time to talk with the waitresses, cooks and customers, according to
MacNeill. He adds that, although not commonly known, the Maine Diner
has stacked away signed pictures of Tiant for his fans -- just in case
CBS sports anchor Jim Nantz has a plate named for him: the
award-winning Seafood Chowder served with a choice of the Maine Diner’s
famous hot or cold lobster roll. Apparently, Nantz loves this combo
when visiting the Maine Diner!
The delicious lobster pie -- huge chunks of fresh lobster meat topped
with delicious crumbs and then baked to perfection in a casserole dish
-- has been featured in The Cook's
Magazine May/June in 1985; Good
Food, Road Food August in 1986; Eat Your Way Across The USA; NBC's Today Show in 1997, and Food
Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
The Maine Diner is located at 2265 Post Rd. (Route 1), Wells. Tel.
(207) 646-4441. Web site: http://mainediner.com/.
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