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Old Orchard Beach, Maine

For my last night in Maine I made a last minute decision to stay in Old Orchard Beach (OOB). I wanted to be closer to Manchester to catch my early AM flight while still having the ability to explore something new. Glad about that.


OOB is a huge summer destination for Canadians. That is, until after Labour Day, then everything starts to close up and it seems the locals start their weekend getaways here. OOB, post Labour Day, reminded me of a smaller, quirky and somewhat creepy version of Coney Island during its heyday. The empty streets, quiet beaches and packed-up amusement park looked like a set for a future installment of Halloween or Nightmare on Elm Street.

After arriving I noticed a huge cluster of people at beach-side kiosk and I decided to investigate. It was Pier French Fries, which proudly advertises the best french fries anywhere. That’s confidence in a city that has many french fry stands. Naturally I investigated. They are the best french fries I’ve had to date. Double fried and served ‘naked’ (without salt) so you can dress them up with any number of seasonings; I went old school – salt and ketchup. I resisted the urge to go back and get another pint.


Snack: 11 Oct 2013

Pier French Fries | 12 Old Orchard St | OOB ME 04064