This may sound silly, but when you go out to eat, what kind of places are your favorites? Thanks!
My favorite meal to get out is breakfast, or next, lunch. I am not a fan of sitting inside for long stretches, and I am not overly fond of being waited on. Ideally there is outdoor seating during at least three of the seasons. And I also like to plan eating out as an enabler of a trip out, not the destination itself.
Given that, here are some examples of places we have frequented over the decades.
Stony Creek Market, Stony Creek, Connecticut
For one of the best views on the Connecticut Shore
I used to have friends living down in Stony Creek, Connecticut, so we often would go together for breakfast at the Stony Creek Market.
Here, you always get an interesting mix, with local celebrities and Yale faculty waiting in line behind boat mechanics and quarry workers.
Off season and off-hours, it can be very quiet. But both indoor and outdoor seating fills up quickly during peaks.
And one can walk after the meal along the piers and beaches, watching the activity around the famed Thimble Islands.
Red's Eats, Wiscasset, Maine
The perennial recipient of "Best Lobster Roll in New England" (they have our vote), Red's Eats proves that even places that attract tourists can have enduring and earned appeal to the locals.
It is best to go off-peak, as lines are both long and slow moving.
As well as being on the Sheepscot River, Red's Eats' seating is next to traffic, which seams like a negative but surprisingly is a critical part of the Red's experience. And they get some great vehicles going by, including logging trucks and boat hauling.
Round Pond Harbor, Round Pond, Maine
Round Pond Harbor provides two of my favorite places to eat, Buddy's Round Pond Lobster and Dan's Muscungus Bay Lobster.
Buddy'sBoth are non-fussy, with outside-only seating, rolls of paper towels, and the absolute freshest lobster and steamers possible. You can watch your food being hauled out of the water.
Moody's Diner, Waldoboro, Maine
While Moody's neither has outside seating nor is it by the water, it is, well, Moody's, and it epitomizes authenticity, graciousness and stewardship (they think of customers and employees in terms of, not seasons or years, but generations).
Featured on the cover on Life Magazine in the 1950s, little has changed here.
Once when pre-ordering their chocolate cream pies, as I usually do, the pies weren't quite cooled enough to transfer to their take-out containers when I arrived to pick them up. Their immediate solution was to simply give them to me in their own pans, just asking that I could return them to the restaurant next time I was driving by. There were no names exchanged; no deposits given; just working off of the honor system.
And as cliche as it sounds, we actually have seen a moose out the window while eating.