When you think of Maine, you think of lobster! Most every restaurant in the area has their own twist on this delicacy. But, if you want a “fresh from the dock” Maine lobster, head to McLaughlin’s Seafood’s seasonal restaurant at Turtle Head Marina. They do all the cooking for you, while you enjoy the view of the gently flowing Penobscot River from the deck.  If you want to take some live Maine lobster home with you, both McLaughlin’s location on Main St. and Dorr Lobster, on Broadway, will “pack to ship” lobster and other fresh seafood.

Another regional favorite is a French Canadian dish called Poutine. A comforting plate of french fries topped with cheese and brown gravy warms the belly and the heart. Dysart’s locations on Broadway in Bangor and Coldbrook Rd. in Hermon have perfected this dish. Have it as a side-dish with their meatloaf, and you will swear you’ve stepped back into your grandma’s kitchen.

In the mid-19th century, many Irish immigrants made their way to Bangor to work in the lumbering industry. Geaghan’s Pub and Craft Brewery keeps their spirit alive with pub favorites and is the place to be on St. Patrick’s Day…if you want an authentic Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner in a pub atmosphere, surrounded by Bangor history.

Maine’s Atlantic salmon is sought after around the globe. You can enjoy it perfectly prepared and married with fresh vegetables and a tangy vinaigrette at River Drivers Restaurant at New England Outdoor Center in the shadow of Mt. Katahdin. Situated on South Twin Lake in Millinocket with a stunning view of Maine’s highest peak, River Driver’s combines high end cuisine with a rustic setting.

When locals think of comfort food, they think of Governor’s. First opened in 1959, Governor’s has a long history of providing wholesome food and great desserts. They are best known for their burgers. If you are up to the challenge, take on the Moose Burger! It is a massive 1 lb. beef burger on a homemade bun and garnished with lettuce, tomato, onion and dill pickle chips and a side of their classic crinkle-cut french fries. Governor’s is also a local favorite for a hearty breakfast, offering a large buffet on weekends.

If you are looking to create your own culinary delights, look no further than Tiller & Rye in Brewer for all your fresh ingredients. They have farm fresh meats and seasonal vegetables provided by over 200 Maine farms, as well as a vast selection of local wine and craft beer.