Well ... if you travel US-1 in the Downeast area of Maine, you have certainly seen Helen's Restaurant. It burned down a few years back and was completely rebuilt shortly thereafter. The food there is "OK" - nothing out of the ordinary and nothing special. What it special is that they keep it clean (unlike the unrelated Helen's Restaurant in Sullivan, ME). Now here's the truth ... they brag about how great their pies are but they really are not that great. They're just "OK." I can make way better pie myself. So for the big question: Would I eat there again? Of course I would because in addition to the place being clean and the food being OK, the staff there is friendly and courteous. If I add all that up, it certainly gets my vote. BTW: Machias is a GREAT place it live or visit if you're trying to escape the stress of the city. It's a good, healthy and safe place to retire or to raise kids. We hope one day to move there.
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