Yes I have been to Maine, often. I've been twice in the past month. When I spoke of a "language" problem I was speaking from experiences I have had with Chinese restaurants here in VT. They didn't understand what gluten free or even wheat free meant and I have ended up with meals I could not eat. I personally don't even bother with Chinese any more. I will go to Japanese restaurants especially if they have a hibachi grill where I can see exactly how the food is prepared.
I wasn't commenting that the places you listed aren't 'healthy' either. My understanding is that this is a place where we can share restaurant experiences where we were able to get gluten free choices. This is a Celiac board and Celiacs generally do not eat food that is off limit. It's not worth it to eat something and then pay dearly for it for days or even weeks afterwards.
English? Have you been to Maine? Rarely do you have a problem with language...not very ethnic diversity there compared to NY, CT and NJ for instance.
There are foods off limits to me too, I still think its worth it once in a while. I pay for it....but its alll worth it to me. lol
Ok, so if all you want listed here is healthy - well, Maine thrives on seafood industry. There are many natural stores there but same as anywhere else. Nothing significant IMO in Maine.
Now, CT, NJ and NY - VERY hard to find healthy good food. They seem to thrive on what I call "sh!t shops" because all they have are those tiny fast food joints sellin nothin but sh!t. lol There are very few healthy places here in the cities.
Thanks for the tips Enerji but most of what you listed would be off limits for anyone with Celiacs. No fried clams or fried anything with a batter; Weathervane is good but doesn't offer a whole lot of safe food; Chinese is very dangerous especially when the restaurant staff don't understand English well; and if you can tell me who makes a Gluten Free Whoopie pie I'd be thrilled!
BB&R in Maine. Need any ideas, let me know. lol I also run a Restaurant Blog. Check it out in my signature
The best Lobsta Bisque in the world used to be Old Port Tavern - I think the chef is gone now though. Best fried clams - The Lunch Box in Old Orchard Seafood in general - WeatherVane Clam Shack in Wells/Ogunquit on Rt1
Chinese - Asia in South Portland or the place across from Walmart. Ask for homemade duck sauce at both....mmmmm
Dont forget to try an Isamax whoopie pie when through Maine - an absolute signature. Ben&Jerrys "Whoopie Pie" ice cream is not comparable - avoid.
DiMillos - IMO, overrated.
Avoid at ALL costs: Dunstan School Buffet in Scarborough
Morrison's Chowder House in Freeport, Maine Great chowders and she is well versed in GF. I think only the clam chowder is off limits if you are GF. She also keeps a gf bread on hand for those who can't eat the roll. I've tried both the lobster stew and the seafood chowder and both were outstanding. Their products are also offered in some grocery stores nationwide. Their website is www.morrisonsmaine.com. Tammy
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