This is a random collection of things, ideas, trends and just weird stuff that coastal Maine has to offer. Obviously, this is subjective and can’t include everybody, or else it would be called… the phone book.
Best Burger on The Coast of Maine
Though a lot of people come up to Maine for the good ole lobster roll, the locals have their own cravings and varied opinions on what defines the “Best Burger” around. Now that TheScene is opening its territory to Bar Harbor and Downeast, we’ve got even more burger joints vying for the title. A poll put out on The Killer Convo and TheScene determined who has the “Best Burger on The Coast of Maine” and here's the winner:
Most votes: Owls Head General Store's 7-Napkin Burger
Owner Martha Luttrell has already gotten her burger on The Food NetworkMagazine’s “Best Burgers In The Country” list as well as on VillageSoup's The Best of The Best list four years running, but that hasn’t gone to the head of this very humble, six-ounce beef patty, grilled with American cheese and served with lettuce, onions, and pickles on a paper plate with ruffled potato chips. As far as needing seven napkins or less, “it all depends on how messy of an eater you are and how much practice you’ve had,” Luttrell said. Through viral word of mouth, the 7-Napkin Burger has become famous, and not just locally.
“Last week, we had a couple from Germany come in who’d heard about the 7-Napkin Burger in their country and came here specifically to try it,” said Luttrell.
Trackside Station's Smokehouse Burger w/ Bacon, BBQ Sauce, Cheddar
Owner Kelly Woods describes it as a “juicy grilled burger stacked with Farmers Bacon, cheddar, hickory barbeque sauce and onion rings on top, complete with lettuce and tomato on a toasted bun. Pair it with one of their nine side dishes and you’ve got a perfect lunch or dinner.”
57 Bayview Bar and Bistro Water Buffalo Burger
Co-owner Raymond Losnes calls this local, Appleton farm-raised water buffalo burger “fantastic.” With a very flavorful, 93 percent lean, robust, but not overpowering taste, the burger is topped with bacon and Gouda cheese and served on a Ciabatta roll.
Home Kitchen Cafe Stella Bleu Burger
Co-owner James Hatch describes this eight-ounce premium ground beef burger topped with Applewood smoked bacon, crumbled blue cheese and red onion as not only his personal favorite, but his customers’ as well.
Other Contenders for "Best Burger"
Rollies Bar and Grill’s Bacon and Bleu Cheeseburger, Belfast
Bayview Lobster's Caldwell Farms "Simple Burger,” Camden
Scott's Place Burger, Camden
Waterfront's Aldermere Farms Smoky BBQ Colorado Burger, Camden
Cafe Miranda's Gorgonzola Crimini Mushroom on Foccacia Burger, Rockland
Side Street Café’s "The Nomad" Angus burger, Bar Harbor
And as always, if you have an opinion on this Black Book, take it to TheScene!
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