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Best Restaurants in Maine | 2013 Editors' Choice Awards

Intriguing possibilities, such as an Asian-influenced samurai salmon, go far beyond the usual meat-and-veggie wraps. Don’t miss the baked goods and John’s homemade ice cream. 20 Beaver St. 207-338-9757;

Best Breakfast with a View


Even if you didn’t rise to catch the real event, you can feast on the classic “Cadillac Sunrise” (two eggs, bacon or sausage, home fries, toast), along with panoramic views over Bar Harbor and the Porcupine Islands from the glass-walled almost-hilltop restaurant at the Wonder View Inn. 50 Eden St. 207-288-3358;

Best !Ole!


Everything’s authentic and made from scratch at this unpretentious spot run by three generations of Central American immigrants. Go hungry: The portions are big, the prices low, and homemade tortilla chips are addictive. 1166 Route 1. 207-422-6200

Best Organic Farm Find


Off the beaten path, this 250-acre family farm houses a wool and fiber shop, selling yarns from its sheep, llamas, alpacas, and goats; a bakery, cafe, and teahouse serving farm-made cheeses, breads, baked goods, soups, stews, and fresh breakfast and lunch items; and a cheese room, where varieties ranging from chevre to camembert are made and aged. 284 Turner Center Road. 207-225-3231;

Best Sunset Views

LOON LODGE, Rangeley

Gaze west across Rangeley Lake to the distant Presidential Range of the White Mountains, capped by Mount Washington. Gorgeous anytime, but at sunset, wow! 16 Pickford St. 207-846-5666;

Best Spot of Merry Olde England


Cask-conditioned ale is just one of the authentic touches at this cheery English pub inside the Briar Lea Inn. The dozen-plus imported brews, such as “Monty Python Holy Grail” and “Manchester Star Porter” add more authenticity. Entrees: from $11.95. 150 Mayville Road (Route). 207-824-4717;

Best Island Surprise


Kate and Steve Shaffer use local cream and, when possible, local organic herbs and fruits to flavor their handcrafted truffles. Possibilities include strawberry balsamic, blueberry black pepper, even rhubarb, pumpkin, and cranberry. 1 Moore’s Harbor Road. 207-335-5010;

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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