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Reopened in 2015 after a devastating fire, this is the original Helen’s with some structural upgrades. It’s a cut-above-the-rest diner and one of the premier places in all of Maine to eat pie. (And, yes, there was a Helen.) You can get pork chops, fried fish, burgers, meatloaf, and other American-style square meals. But better to come for breakfast, to indulge in a plate of Helen’s impossibly fluffy pancakes, chock full of blueberries (the pride of Machias). And regardless of the meal, save room for the amazingly creamy and fruity pies; strawberry rhubarb or blueberry, when in season, are out of this world, but chocolate cream, banana cream, or just about anything else will satisfy the sweet tooth. Check for daily specials. There’s another Helen’s on the strip just north of Ellsworth.