Website ranks 10 Maine restaurants so good they’re bucket list-worthy

The local listicle factory Only In Your State has produced a ranking of 10 Maine restaurants that, it says, “you have to visit … before you die.”

This is a website that has given us lists of what its folks consider the state’s best waterfalls and haunted houses and sandwich shops in the past, among other things. It’s a fun site to peruse for oddities and travel suggestions alike.

In this particular list, Only In Your State describes 10 eateries that should be on everyone’s bucket list, high praise considering most people put things like “See the Egyptian pyramids” and “Hike the Appalachian Trail” on that list.

Here are a few of the restaurants considered worthy of once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimages (or a quick lunch, depending on how close you live), as well as Only In Your State excerpts:

  • Central Provisions, Portland: “The historic building is home to the restaurant and provides the perfect, cozy feel to this small plates and cocktail-focused establishment. If you can’t get a table, try showing up for a bar seat. Then, make sure to order enough to share including the spicy beef salad and lobster toast.”
  • Francine Bistro, Camden: “The little restaurant is tucked away and can be found at night by following the twinkle of the outdoor patio lights. Enjoy a cocktail, glass of wine and any of the constantly changing, fresh dishes. The Pemaquid Oysters and Steak Frites are constantly mentioned to be outstanding.”
  • Suzuki’s Sushi Bar, Rockland: “As sushi places go, Suzuki’s just might be one of the most special. Owner, Keiko Suzuki Steinberger, also acts as chef and is dedicated to including fresh Maine seafood in her menu. Make sure you try the Special Omakase Assortment, which is consistently raved about.”
  • Grace, Portland: “From the outside, this Portland establishment looks like a place to worship. And, once inside you’ll feel like you’re in heaven. The converted church offers two bars and two levels of seating all with a view of the incredibly high ceilings. You’ll enjoy anything off the menu (including this grilled steak atop bone marrow,) but if you sit in the bar area the smaller meals are more than enough.”

Like most of this website’s listicles, the complete list of 10 is pretty well spread out around the state, with other destinations in Millinocket, Rangeley, Penobscot, Bucksport, Belfast and, yes, another one in Portland (the video at the top of this post is a hint). Click here to see the full list of 10.

Which Maine restaurants do you think should be on a foodie bucket list? Leave your recommendations in the comments below or on Facebook.