Maine Diner, Wells, Maine
The Maine Diner in Wells, Maine: Regional Cuisine and Diner Food at its Best
Article and photos by Eric H.
Don't be discouraged by the long lines waiting to eat at the
Maine Diner. Your patience will be amply rewarded by some of the most delicious regional cuisine Maine has to offer, not to mention diner food at its best.
Yes, there are bigger restaurants with nicer views (the Diner resides on commercial Route 1), but the Maine Diner beats them hands-down almost every time at breakfast, lunch an dinner with its out-of-this world perfectly-formed and cooked omelets, pancakes, lobster eggs benedict, thick clam chowder, a superb fresh-tasting ample lobster pie, a mixed greens salad loaded with lobster chunks, clam cake plate, fresh fried clams, yellow fin tuna steak and "Phantom Platter," an assortment of some of the Phantom Gourmet's (of WSBK-TV Channel 38 Boston) favorite items: a cup of Maine seafood chowder, an eight oz. sirloin steak, two baked shrimp, five oz. of baked scallops and homemade onion rings. Don't forget to leave room for the memorable blueberry pie, traditionally a Maine favorite. The Maine Diner also features an exceptionally pleasant and professional waitstaff, always on the ball and having a good time with each other and the customers.
The diner itself looks like any other diner with its long counter and stools, formica booths, and a bustling, salt-of-the-earth "What do you want, honey?" atmosphere. It's easy to get fooled by the familiar interior atmosphere as well as the classic, plain roadside diner look, but for those in the know, the Maine Diner is one of those special restaurant destinations. Except for the occasional food snob, the Maine Diner is frequented by all walks of life, including the media (The Today Show, Dale Arnold of WEEI-radio Boston, Down East Magazine, etc.), and vacationers and local residents of all ages. The Maine Diner's popularity can be validated by it's five millionth customer that visited the diner in December 2008 -- not bad for a small roadside restaurant that's been in business since 1983!
The Maine Diner food ultimately goes far beyond diner food, even surpassing, in food quality, many of the best-known more upscale restaurants in the region. This makes the Maine diner a great value in times of societal economic challenges. Amazingly, the cheaper prices result in no drop-off in food quality. What more could one ask for in a diner or any restaurant, for that matter?
An amazing lobster salad plate with ample chunks of lobster meat!
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