Locally owned and operated eateries can be found in the nooks and crannies of Lewiston-Auburn. They may not look like much from the outside, but the quality of food, comfy atmosphere and friendly service is what makes these 10 food places amazing.
Known for its popular Mini Mac filet style sirloins, Mac’s Grill is located heading west on Route 100 (Minot Avenue). In addition to various cuts of steaks and rubs, Mac’s Grill also offers spicy grilled shrimp and other seafood. Its rustic atmosphere includes a quiet, tiered dining area with a western theme and a separate sports bar-themed pub with high-topped tables. Get there early to enjoy a cocktail or one of its locally brewed beer offerings while waiting for a table on busy weekend nights.
Tired of restaurant or formal dining, but looking for the best in lobster, whole-bellied clams, salmon or other seafood at competitive market rates? Mac’s Seafood is the place to go year-round whether you want it cooked to-go, to eat in at the counter or outside on the picnic tables, or to take it home to cook yourself. This awesome little lobster pound is located heading west on Route 100 and they also ship!
3.Hilton Garden Inn Riverwatch
The Garden Grille and Bar restaurant is chic with chef-quality food at reasonable prices. The menu is simple yet includes fish, beef, chicken and a vegetable dish. It is a great spot if eating alone since many of the hotel guests are business travelers who are also often eating alone. Strike up a conversation at the bar or hook up your computer or smart phone to the hotel’s Wi-Fi while enjoying a signature cocktail or cup of coffee. The dining area offers seating for large groups, cozy conversations with friends or intimate dining.
One of Lewiston’s premier eateries, this casual upscale dining option located in Bates Mill No. 6 has an old mill atmosphere with it’s brick walls and views of the canal. In season, you will enjoy the recently added canal-side outdoor patio. If you are on a budget, check out their early- bird specials that include an appetizer, entree, and dessert for one special price. Great place to eat before attending a Thursday night play at the LA Public Theater located just minutes away.
You can’t grow up in or visit Lewiston-Auburn without stopping at Simones’ Hot Dog Stand. Located across from Lewiston’s largest green space, Kennedy Park, this icon of the Twin Cities is a favorite of locals, visitors, Senators and Congressmen. Red hot dogs are one of those Maine foods that out-of-staters just have to have when they come to town. Low prices, great quality food, and friendly atmosphere – all make Simones’ a worthy stop. Eat in and hear some local stories or take out and enjoy a warm summer day sitting on a park bench.
6.Sam’s Italian Sandwich Shop
If you’re from Lewiston-Auburn, but live somewhere else in the world, this is probably your first stop when coming home for a visit. Sam’s Italian Sandwiches are unique to Maine and one of those foods you crave the moment you make your travel plans. If you have a thoughtful mom picking you up at the airport, she’ll probably have one waiting for you when you step off the plane. Sam’s shoppes even send care packages to service men overseas!
This tiny diner located in the section known as New Auburn has been a landmark noted for its dynamite breakfasts since it began in 1993. Whether you like crepes, eggs and bacon or just a muffin and coffee, you’ll soon discover that this is the best place in town for breakfast – and it’s served all day! It’s owner, Ken Blais was recognized for his efforts in making the restaurant a gathering place for political conversation and community engagement when he was named Citizen of the Year in 2017 by Auburn Business Association.
8.D’avinci’s Italian Eatery
D’avinci’s Italian Eatery is where the locals go . Great food coupled with ample seating and large tables make it the perfect spot to celebrate birthday’s and other special occasions, although reasonable prices make it a popular spot anytime when gathering with friends or family. The menu has something to offer every palate, and includes a brick oven pizza buffet. Located in the Bates Mill, the ambiance of bricks, wooden beams, and antique Vespa scooters and bicycles lends itself to another-world experience. You’ll love the salad bar built into the bay of an antique Italian car.
One of the state’s largest breweries, Baxter Brewing Company, unveiled its new brew pub in Auburn-Lewiston in October. You can be one of the first to sample its latest brews. Located in Bates Mill 1A, it promises to be one of the areas hottest watering holes enticing people with its mill atmosphere, outdoor patio and waterfall views.
Lewiston-Auburn has several Asian restaurants and they’re all a little different. Wei Li’s is a favorite among the locals because of its authentic healthy food options and newly added Sushi bar. You might enjoy the amazing scenery of China on the 120″ TV while dining on award-winning authentic Japanese or Chinese cuisine.