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“The waitress seemed very confused as to...” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Maine Grind

Maine Grind
192 Main Street, Ellsworth, ME
207-667-0011
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Ranked #20 of 59 Restaurants in Ellsworth
Price range: $3 - $14
Cuisines: Bistro
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast
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“The waitress seemed very confused as to...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2010

The waitress seemed very confused as to what was available and what wasn't . For a place that seemed to wantg to focus on Maine local foods, I was surprised to get Cape Cod potato chips with m/y sandwhich. Food was slow to come, especially considering we ordered 2 sandwhiches

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Tokyo, Japan
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
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“Great for wi-fi, but food was ok”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2010

We came here for breakfast and for the wi-fi, since the hotel where we stayed at the night before was supposed to have wifi, but didn't. I LOVE that the Maine Grind had a wide selection of Mighty Leaf teas. Most cafes that carry the brand at all only have two or three kinds.

They have conventional and organic teas, sandwiches (egg, veggie), breakfast wraps, soups, pastries, muffins and bagels, and I'm sure many other things I've left out.

The Maine Grind doesn't just have wi-fi. They have entire power strips and multiple outlet adapters to enable the internet addiction of nearly everyone who comes in and grabs a seat. Compare this to the coffeeshops I've gone to, where the outlet-to-customer ratio is something like 1:20. On their internet accessibility alone (and laid-back atmosphere), the Maine Grind would have gotten 4-5 stars.

The food, however, is what brought them down to 3 stars; I would have given them 2 stars if I didn't need the wi-fi so badly and had simply gone there to eat. I ordered a quiche with small salad ($7.50) and my boyfriend had the bagel and lox ($6.50).

The quiche I received was the saddest-looking I'd ever seen. It looked and tasted more like steamed-then-burnt (I mean, baked) egg custard with flecks of green pepper. I've had better quiche from a supermarket. The small salad that it came with was composed of mixed greens, straight from a box of mixed greens or mesclun salad, drowning in balsamic vinaigrette. I love salad dressing, but the amount on those few leaves was just disgusting; it was more fitting over three or four times the amount of salad. I tried to rub the leaves' excess dressing on the side of the plate before eating, and I still felt too queasy to finish it.

My boyfriend liked his bagel and lox (mostly because he loves smoked salmon), but if I got what was essentially a breakfast sandwich with that big of a piece of onion on it, I wouldn't have been happy. A huge piece of raw onion, first thing in the morning? Whose brilliant idea was that?

In retrospect, the food was on the expensive side, especially considering the portion and the quality. I hope their other menu items are better; otherwise, you'd be better off just sticking to drinks. And the free wi-fi, of course.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Belchertown, Massachusetts
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“Great wi fi spot”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2010

Good coffee and roomy place to get on line for free.

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Ellsworth, Maine
1 review
“Unique, Surprising Essence of Maine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2010

"The Grind" is truly Ellsworth's living room -- a unique blend of Greenwich Village cafe, country store and gift shop, art gallery, performance space and hotspot. It is Downeast' Maine's premier local hangout, where lobstermen and entrepreneurs, tourists and artists, families, lovers and loners mingle over gourmet coffee and hand-crafted sandwiches while a stray guitarist or white-bearded sitar player add to the atmosphere. If Warren Buffet bumped into Jimmy Buffet, it could only happen at "The Grind."

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Maine
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“Every town needs a Maine Grind. It's where Jimmy Buffet could meet Warren Buffet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2010

The Maine Grind is a great place in this neat, small Maine city not far from the coast. It is located in an imposing, yet beautiful building that until recently was owned by the Masons. Casual, hip New England atmosphere with comfy couches, tables & chairs. The food is casual and really good with homemade soup, fresh salads, smoothies, great sandwiches like Build Your Own, pastries & desserts. They serve a really good breakfast with egg wraps and egg sandwiches. Good vegetarian offerings & gluten free. Kids menu. Ber & Wine. Entertainment. Outside eating, wifi, lots of parking. It's a hip place that all the locals visit everyday. There is a really nice shop where they sell cool widgets, books and the NY Times. Obviously the owners take great care and enjoy what they are doing. The employees reflect that with the friendly, efficient service. It's the best place in downeast Maine if you're looking for great coffee, good food in a relaxed, yet well-run establishment.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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