These 10 Iconic Foods In Maine Will Have Your Mouth Watering
After our article featuring west-coasters eating Maine foods for the first time, we felt it was only proper to give some attention to the foods included. The reactions of the participants may have been dramatic (our chowder isn’t THAT strange), but it really highlighted how unique Maine cuisine can be. So, in honor of our great state’s culinary traditions, here are 10 iconic foods in Maine that we know you’ll love. Or, at least tolerate. After all, some of the most popular foods in Maine could be considered, well…weird. Read on to see if you agree...
Some of these weird Maine foods may seem odd to outsiders but they are perfect for us, and we are proud of them. What do you consider to be the most iconic Maine food? Is there anything you absolutely will NOT try? Let us know in the comments below.
Check out this fun YouTube video by George and Cris eating the most popular foods in Maine:
If you’re searching for great places to eat while in town, take a look at this site listing some of the best restaurants in Maine.
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Weird Maine Foods
What are some other weird Maine foods to try?
We have a few odd foods, we will admit it. Moxie by itself has practically split our state in half over the highly debated taste. Whether you like it or not Moxie is a classic Maine drink, and we own it. For some other odd choices to try check out our first recommendation. A similar article but with a few different options. Snow with maple syrup?! Yeah, it's a Maine thing. Another Maine classic is a fluffernutter sandwich. It may seem odd to others, but the perfect combination of peanut butter and fluff smooshed between two slices of bread is like a childhood dream. Becky’s Diner in Portland also offers a variation of this classic treat with their fluffernutter french toast. Of course, no BBQ is ever complete until someone brings a pack of red hotdogs. These “red snappers” are not fish, although they share the same name, they are hot dogs, and they are a Maine staple.
What are some other foods that are not as weird, but Maine made famous?
The United Kingdom might be responsible for Shepherd's Pie but here in New England, we made it perfect. You can get it somewhere else but it's never the same as your mother's perfected recipe well spending some time as a family around the table. Humpy Dumpy Chips actually come from Canada but we high-jacked them and sell them everywhere. If you haven't tried All Dressed chips, then you are missing out. Check out these Maine food festivals. They have everything from whoopie pies to clam bakes, they have blueberry pie to red hotdogs. You will want to visit these amazing festivals. Then here are a few more classic menu items, you can even make some of these dishes at home.
Aside from these iconic foods listed, what are some foods in Maine that are bucket list worthy?
While Maine cuisine is mostly seafood, we love a variety of foods in Maine. Here is a list of foods that are worthy of your bucket list:
- The 7-Napkin Burger - Owls Head General Store in Owls Head
- A W.A. Bean & Sons Red Snapper Dog
- Maine Sugar on Snow - candy made from pure maple syrup and fresh snow
- Lobster Pie - Maine Diner, Wells
- Allen's Coffee Brandy - Adults Only
- Maine Italian Sandwich - Amato’s, Several Locations
- The Summit Sundae - The Appalachian Trail Cafe, Millinocket
- Needhams - candy made from potatoes, shredded coconut, and chocolate
- Blueberry Pancakes - Becky's Diner, Portland
- Ployes - a crepelike pancake or a flatbread mix made from buckwheat.
Here’s a previous article telling you more about these bucket-list-worthy foods in Maine.