WHERE TO EAT IN BANGOR
Bangor’s downtown has enjoyed a renaissance of late, and along the historic few blocks of Main Street, along Kenduskeag Stream, you’ll find good burritos and noodle shops, along with a few solid sit-down dining options. Try Evenrood’s (www.evenroods.com; tel. 207/941-8800), at 25 Broad St. in the curved Merchant’s Bank Building, serving classic steak and seafood entrées in a clubby dining room designed around (and in) an impressive old vault. Around the corner, at 56 Main St., Nocturnem Draft Haus (tel. 207/907-4380; www.nocturnemdrafthaus.com) is arguably the state’s best beer bar. As impressive as the rotating draft list is, the small menu also stands out, with comfort-y specialties like housemade spinach pie, a great cheese and charcuterie plate, soft pretzels served with beer cheese, and really terrific smoked hot wings.
WHERE TO EAT IN THE KATAHDIN AREA
The only place in the Katahdin region that can fairly be described as don’t-miss dining is the Appalachian Trail Café in Millinocket, at 210 Penobscot Ave. (tel. 207/723-6720), which has less to do with the hearty breakfasts and lunches than the vibe—chatty locals mingling with jubilant thru hikers just off the Appalachian Trail (their names, in Sharpie, adorn the cafés walls and ceiling). This is a great place to pick up tips on the day’s hiking/fishing/exploring itinerary.
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