Mainers recommend burger shacks near and far

Posted June 10, 2014, at 10:44 a.m.

I had a feeling when I put out a call for favorite burger and milkshake “drive-in, diner-style” destinations in Maine that dozens of people would come forward with recommendations. But I did not expect the flood of emails, phone calls and comments. Within hours, I received hundreds.

After culling through the recommendations, a handful front runners emerged, and I can hardly wait to fill the gas tank and head out exploring Maine and a few good eats at the same time. Please note, this is just a sampling of the most recommended destinations and is not intended to endorse those included on the list or discount any not seen here.

Burger Boy in Caribou: I have shamefully never been to The County, so this is yet another reason to make the trip. According to fans, Burger Boy burgers are made with hand-cut beef and fries from Maine potatoes.

Houlton Farms Dairy Bar: This dairy has provided Mainers in Aroostook County and elsewhere with local milk, butter and ice cream since 1938, according to its website. According to dozens of BDN readers, it’s also home to the best milkshake money can buy.

Owls Head General Store: The burgers sold here were voted “Maine’s Best Burger” by Food Network and the readers of Down East Magazine, according to the store’s Facebook page.

Jordan’s Snack Bar in Ellsworth: We’ve actually passed Jordan’s a number of times traveling to and from Ellsworth. Just last week, we noticed quite a crowd gathered and commented about how it must be “the place to be.” Looks like we were right.

L&H Burgers in Rockland: This relatively new restaurant — they opened in June 2012 — features create-your-own burgers and what it touts as the “world’s most addictive veggie burger.”

Fat Boys in Brunswick: Many readers recommended this drive-in’s Canadian Bacon BLT and a frappe brought out to diners by a “car hop” waitress.

Thank you to everyone who responded to my query. Don’t forget to watch the Bangor Daily News this summer for reviews and fun stories from one small family’s quest to find the best burgers and shakes in Maine.

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