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“Best clam chowder and lobster rolls around!”
Review of Goldthwaite's

Goldthwaite's
Price range: $1 - $26
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Seasonal grocery/lobster pound/restaurant on the Southern coast of Maine in scenic Biddeford Pool. Picnic dining area overlooks beautiful Saco Bay with views along the coast up to South Portland. Family-friendly breakfast, lunch, dinner --great menu for the adults will plenty for the kids to choose from. Great desserts and Gifford's hand-scooped ice cream to finish. Great wine and beer selection, though no alcohol can be consumed on site (Maine law). Lobster dinners to eat on site, or live or cooked to order (no extra charge) for take-away breath selection of fresh seafood and handout meats. Store opens 5/13/17 for the summer through 9/12/15, daily. Kitchen opens Memorial Day for that weekend, then lunch/dinner daily June 11-Labor Day. Store hours: 7 a.M.-6 P.M. Daily Food Service hours: Lunch/Dinner 11:30-7:30 p.M.
Cincinnati
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320 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“Best clam chowder and lobster rolls around!”
Reviewed July 20, 2012

If you are searching for "Pool Lobster" - its inside Goldthwaits general Store. Try the "Fancy" Chowder. The best chowder around The Pool and Kennebunks. The tastiest and most delicious lobster rolls. Period.
Grab your beverage from the store and go out the back door and sit at a picnic table or chair along the shore - with a view of the ocean and sailboats moored plus outlying islands. Not a fancy place to eat, but great food!

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Boston, MA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Really good food in a beautiful spot”
Reviewed July 15, 2012

We at lunch here and everyone loved what they had: swordfish sandwich, clam chowder, spicy crab salad, salmon BLT, and homemade onion rings. We ate on the picnic tables out back and enjoyed the beautiful view all the way across the bay to Old Orchard Beach.

Goldthwaite's is a cute general store and basically the only place to buy a load of bread and some milk in Biddeford Pool. It has basically cornered the market for lunch in the neighborhood and it isn't particularly cheap, but it is yummy.

  • Visited July 2012
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Boston
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Gorgeous spot for breakfast or lunch - amazing swordfish sandwich!”
Reviewed September 12, 2011

Goldthwaite's is an institution on Biddeford Pool, a local store near the neck of Biddeford Pool that gives locals and tourists a place to buyb the local paper, get good bread and find fresh seafood.

Lately its begun serving meals with picnic tables out back, with stunning views across the water to Wood Island lighthouse and up to Old Orchard. Even if the food was just average -- and the sordfish sandwich is unbeatable -- this would be a great place to have coffee and eggs for breakfast, or lunch.

Highly recommended.

  • Visited August 2011
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Wayland, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“The very best New England clam chowder anywhere!”
Reviewed August 6, 2011

If you are a fan of clam chowder and steamers, this is the place to find them. The chowder is chock full of sweet clams and just the right amount of thickness. Doesn't get any better. The steamers are always fat and sweet. Other dishes are available and the menu changes. This is not a restaurant, more like a general store with a kitchen in the back, a few indoor tables and mostly outdoor picnic tables overlooking Biddeford Pool. A perfect summer afternoon. For dinner, you can pick out your lobsters and have them steamed for you at no extra cost.

  • Visited July 2011
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Maine
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“Perfect summer fare!”
Reviewed June 15, 2011

Get the crab cakes, the garlic/parmasan french fries, take them outside, sit at one of the picnic tables and watch the boats slide by; the gulls call out and the sea breeze cool you off. Life couldn't get any more perfect!

  • Visited August 2010
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