Eateries that offer old-fashioned New England foods can be as modest as a roadside diner or as fancy as a historic inn. The following are tried-and-true consumer-pleasing spots, whether the main attraction is boiled lobster, a thick bowl of fish chowder, a lobster pot pie, a blueberry pie, or Indian pudding.
The Silvermine Tavern
194 Perry Ave.
Eating deep-dish chicken pot pie in a 200-year-old building next to a waterfall is almost heaven. Add Silvermine’s signature honey-pecan buns, and it’s downright celestial.
Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound
1237 Bar Harbor Rd. (Route 3)
Most Mainiacs swear by the summer tradition of lobster boiled in pots of seawater on outdoor wood-fire pits. Is it the super-freshness of the seafood or the minerals in the water? You be the judge.
Longfellow’s Wayside Inn
72 Wayside Inn Rd. (off Rte. 20 West)
You can almost smell the history of this 18th-century inn, along with the aromas of pot roast and Indian pudding. Wayside is the first recipient of an NEA/Poetry Foundation grant to celebrate the country’s historic poetry sites, and its grounds include other historic buildings to explore as well.
Geno’s Chowder & Sandwich Shop
177 Mechanic St.
Plenty of seafood in the chowders, plenty of homemade taste in the pies and puddings, and lots of politicos on the walls. Chat with owner Evelyn Marconi about her days on the City Council.
Shelter Harbor Inn
10 Wagner Rd. (off Rte. 1 North)
With a history as an early 19th-century farmhouse and an early 20th-century “music colony,” this inn is all about broad fireplaces, wide floorboards, and gentle candlelight. Not to mention chowder, jonnycakes, seafood pot pie, finnan haddie, and Indian pudding.
82 Main St.
From buckwheat pancakes (breakfast all day) to meatloaf with mashed spuds, this friendly diner is nostalgia personified. The mac-and-cheese uses local cheddar, and the homemade pies (including Vermont maple walnut) can’t be beat.