My friend on her annual Maine experience trip was famished when she got off the plane at Bangor International Airport, so we needed a nearby restaurant with real Maine atmosphere. Eagle's Nest is definitely that. She had a lobster roll that she pronounced the best ever, and I opted for a huge, but ordinary, fried fish sandwich and really good fries. There's a range of fried seafood, clam shack style, but in air-conditioned comfort. This is a true Maine experience, a small, old frame structure perched above the Penobscot River, though only a couple of seats really give you a view (and, honestly, it's no Mississippi River at Bangor by any means). The place is small, with about 10 tables. But you'll get a real local cross-section, and while the statistics say Maine is the oldest, whitest state in America, you'll find that the coast is much more diverse than you may have thought. We were there for lunch, and two tables were filled with service men and women who had come through the airport. Another table had a summer resident who proclaimed that she had been coming there for 35 years. A family filled a booth to one side of us. Next to our table, an older native Maine couple, overhearing my question about what the body of water was, neighborly advised that it was the Penobscot (that's how I know now). Service was great, really friendly and quick. Bangor doesn't have a lot of dining options, particularly not near the airport, but Eagle's Nest is a fantastic choice about 10 minutes away through downtown. Parking is limited, and the place gets crowded at the obvious hours. And sadly, it closes at 6:30 p.m., but if you arrive in "the Queen City" at lunch, breakfast or early dinner time, make this your stop.
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