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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Hit the Maine Coast for Less in Rockland


2. Where to Eat

In Good Company boasts a casual atmosphere but offers the best wine list in town.  

Have a farm-fresh dinner at Mediterranean-influenced Primo, where chef Melissa Kelly, a Chez Panisse veteran, raises chickens and hogs and grows vegetables and herbs like sorrel and green garlic. Skip the standard menu for the Counter Room’s lower-priced but equally appealing dishes, like housemade wild boar salami ($8) and Maine diver scallops with shingiku, radish, citrus, and capers ($15). If you’re dining on a Sunday night, order a selection of $1 oysters harvested in local waters.

Try a Maine classic that isn’t lobster at local institution Wasses, which has been serving hot dogs ($1.30-$2) griddled in peanut oil and served on steamed buns since 1972. Customize your order with sauerkraut, chili, onions, baked beans, cheese, or bacon before grabbing a picnic table in the parking lot and washing it down, as the locals do, with a bottle of strawberry or chocolate milk.

Find the best wine selection in town (bottles start at $18) at In Good Company, a relaxed restaurant that evokes a living room with couches and small wooden tables. Choose from a list of more than 200 bottles to pair with small plates like goat-cheese-stuffed sweet and spicy peppers ($6) and affordable entrees like tarragon-roasted king salmon with baby potatoes ($22).

Published on Jul 27, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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