Nothing says comfort food like breakfast, lunch or dinner at a classic Maine diner, especially in winter. There are lots of lunch choices at the Maine Diner in Wells (above), including their praiseworthy lobster mac and cheese. At the Palace Diner in Biddeford, the Lumberjack Breakfast (a stack of silver dollar pancakes, two eggs, Palace Potatoes and bacon, ham or sausage) is served all day.
Downtown Portland is where you’ll find Becky’s Diner (above), where a cup of homemade clam chowder followed by broiled Atlantic scallops in lemon butter and crumbs is a true taste of the coast.
The Brunswick Diner is in a converted railroad car and has been serving Bowdoin students since 1946, offering up fare like The Little Richard, their version of chipped beef on toast.
Moody’s Diner in Waldoboro is ideal for a lobster roll, fried clams and maybe a Whoopee Pie for dessert (watch the video above).
Up in Bangor, Dysart’s is still to to-go place for truckers, who come daily for Yankee pot roast, fried whole belly clams, a hot Thanksgiving sandwich and blueberry pie.
For true fans of vintage diners, the A1 Diner in Gardiner is a venerable dining car with such unexpected treats as Turkish Lamb Tagine and Belgian beers in addition to more traditional diner fare. Got to Visit Maine for more info.