Best of Maine

One of Maine's best restaurants is in Norway.

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 02/19/2017 - 09:00


            We are very lucky that Amy and Bret Baker chose Maine as the place to open their own restaurant, after an impressive career managing and cooking in restaurants in other states. They were flying to Vermont when a nearby passenger heard of their plans and urged them to visit Maine.

            They did, and ended up purchasing an historic home built in 1896 in Norway, a vibrant Maine...

The Samoset is a great winter get-a-way

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 02/12/2017 - 13:24


            Lots of families with kids were enjoying the Samoset Resort with us on a cold January weekend. And it’s easy to understand why, from the indoor playground and swimming pool to the ice rink to the comfortable rooms.

            We scheduled our visit to coincide with Sunday afternoon’s Pies on Parade fundraiser for the local food bank. With savory and sweet pies in 25 locations around Rockland, well, I don...

Finding Italy in Rockport, Maine

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 02/05/2017 - 14:08



            For great Italian food, you’d look for someone who...

Lunch at Grand Central Cafe and a movie make a great afternoon

Submitted By George Smith on Mon, 01/30/2017 - 09:36

             It’s a great combination: Enjoying a tasty meal at Grand Central Café in Waterville, then strolling across the parking lot to see a movie at Railroad Square Cinema.

            We did just that after reading JP Devine’s review of La La Land, and the movie was everything JP said it was. Simply put: fabulous. Railroad Square is our favorite movie theater, and after visiting the café for the first time, we’ll plan more eat and treat afternoons now.


Terlingua, Texas comes to Portland, Maine

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 01/22/2017 - 09:38


                Sitting in Portland’s small restaurant called Terlingua, I close my eyes and remember sitting on the deck outside the Starlight Theater restaurant in Terlingua, Texas, watching the light of the setting sun rise up and over the mountains in our favorite national park, Big Bend.

                And I say thanks to Pliny Reynolds and his...

Bombay Mahal has been our favorite Indian Restaurant for 20 years

Submitted By George Smith on Mon, 01/16/2017 - 11:47


                We’ve been dining for 2 decades at our favorite Indian restaurant, Bombay Mahal in Brunswick. Raj and Bina Sharma opened their restaurant 25 years ago, and it’s now the oldest Indian restaurant in Maine (and we would also argue the best Indian restaurant in Maine).

            I could sit in this intimate place for hours, entranced by the low lights, music, art, and awesome food, starting with naan and ending with a delightful bowl of ice cream...

The A1 Diner is A Great!

Submitted By George Smith on Mon, 01/09/2017 - 12:37


                 You may be wondering why we’ve never written about the A1 Diner in Gardiner, a very popular place right here in central Maine. Well, we just figured everyone already knew about this wonderful eatery, which has even been featured on national television and had an entire book written about them.

                But then we decided to do it because the A1 really is a special place. The Worcester Diner #790 was delivered by truck and installed at 3 Bridge Street in Gardiner in 1946. It...

Inn by the Sea is World Class

Submitted By George Smith on Thu, 01/05/2017 - 09:33


                Entering the two story suite at Inn By the Sea in Cape Elizabeth, I breathe a sigh of relaxation. Its contemporary design is a stark contrast to our old cape in Mt Vernon. And it is one of the most beautiful places we have ever stayed.

                Their spacious rooms are tastefully decorated but not over-decorated. It is a relaxing space filled with clean lines and artwork. There's even a small kitchen with island...

New chef offers fantastic food at the Sea Glass Restaurant

Submitted By George Smith on Sat, 12/24/2016 - 09:20


                The Sea Glass restaurant, located in the Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth, is a very special place. The Sea Glass Art Collection had recently been changed and the walls showcased bright colors and a variety of artistic styles. You will find Maine artists as well as Matisse and Chagall.

                We’ve sent several friends here for special celebrations, and they’ve all raved about both the inn and the restaurant. If you...

The Lucerne Inn now has one of our favorite chefs

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 12/11/2016 - 16:53


                We would follow Arturo Montez anywhere. One of our favorite chefs, Arturo cooked for years at the Looking Glass restaurant at Bar Harbor’s BlueNose Inn, but that place was closed in the winter, so he had to move here and there for winter employment. Finally, last year, he moved to the year-round position as chef at the Lucerne Inn just east of Bangor.

                Lucky for us, because the Lucerne Inn is also a favorite of ours...

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