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50 things to eat in Maine this summer [1-5]

"50 Things to Eat and Drink in Maine This Summer" was going to be a feature in this month's Phoenix Summer Preview issue, but it turned out that the issue was so chock-full of interesting summer stuff that it didn't fit. So we're breaking it in to more bite-sized chunks here on the blog, where installments of five dishes/drinks will be posted at a time. Feel free to let us know your summer cravings, whether they be around-the-corner or road-trip-worthy. Oh, and GW/OS, these are in no particular order.

  • Grilled pizza on your backyard barbeque. Bring home pizzza dough from Rosemont Market & Bakery, plus whatever toppings/cheeses you prefer. Pre-cook whatever ingredients call for it (inside on the stove, or outside on the grill), drizzle both sides of the stretched-out dough with olive oil, and assemble your 'za. Place the dough directly on the grill. If you're lucky, maybe Chris Gray will help you out. 
  • A Hippie bagel from 158 (158 Benjamin W. Pickett St, South Portland), outside at one of their cozy backyard picnic tables. Fresh and filling, it's the perfect post-bike ride snack.
  • El Camino (15 Cushing St, Brunswick) basil lemonade. Does anything sound more like summer?
  • Cheeseburger and fries from Rapid Ray's (189 Main St., Saco). Ray Camire started slinging 25-cent burgers, fries, and sodas out of a truck in Saco during the 1950s. The building that stands in Pepperell Square today was completed in 1986. The simple, fast, no-fluff food comes out fast and hot -- the perfect indulgence for a nostalgic summer evening.
  • A cone from Willard Scoops (427 Preble St, South Portland). Serving Mount Desert Island Ice Cream just steps from the beach, the theater, and SMCC. 
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