Want to try area restaurants, pubs or cafes? Do you like to experiment with new cuisines? Have a hearty appreciation for a well-executed meal?
We are a group of people interested in exploring the dining scene in the southern midcoast area. Portland gets all the headlines about the fantastic dining scene, but midcoast Maine has tons to offer as well. Our group is for down to earth, fun, friendly people that are open to a variety of dining experiences, from the elegant to the rustic. Members are encouraged to offer their recommendations, suggestions and critiques of favorite and no-so-favorite establishments, but we're not a bunch of hoity-toity food snobs. We just want to have a pleasant time and experience some good food.
Logistics and group rules: We meet about once a month, usually on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, with the occasional Thursday. We do not do weekend meetups; experience has shown that while people say they want weekend events, actual attendance is very low.
Locations are not chosen far in advance. Whoever attends the current meetup gets to help chose the location and date for the next meetup. So far the geographic range of places we visit is from Freeport to the Damariscotta area and west to Lewiston/Auburn and Augusta/Hallowell areas.
Meetups are scheduled at least 2 weeks prior to the event, with emails sent to all at the time of posting. Reminders are sent at least 1 day in advance, sometimes earlier if there a lot of people on the waiting list. We have very few rules for the group but due to increased popularity, as of October 2015 I am instituting a "2 strikes you're out" rule for no-shows.