There's McLaughlin Seafood on Main Street in Bangor; but if you drive a bit further toward Hampden and turn left at Marina Road, you'll find yourself on the bank of the Penobscot River where there is a marina, boat launching ramp, and McLaughlin's at the Marina restaurant. It's a lovely location, unique to Bangor where good food combined with waterfront ambiance is rare. The weather is turning chilly in central Maine this time of year, and McLaughlin's had their open patio protected from the wind with plastic sheeting as well as patio heaters available for warmth. Lunch began with a family-sized basket of onion rings which were freshly deep fried--crispy and delicious. This was followed by two chicken tender dinners; a fried haddock dinner; and a grilled scallop dinner--all served with sweet potato fries and coleslaw. The chicken tenders were large pieces of fresh white breast meat dipped in batter and deep fried. Scallops and haddock were both fresh. The total bill for lunch for four people was under $60--very reasonable considering the location, and the quality/quantity of food. Can't wait to return in the summer! I DO wish they didn't have a country radio station playing from tinny speakers which made conversation difficult, even after the volume was turned down upon our request. And more could be done to make the dining room more inviting when you first enter--just a bit of tidying up. But this is a casual place, and you'll always feel comfortable here and well fed when you leave.
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