Travelin’ Maine(rs): Restaurant Reviews

Maine restaurant reviews form the Travelin’ Maine(rs).

Coplin Dinner House brings fine dining and fabulous food to Stratton

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Stratton
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 You would expect elegance, very creative food, exceptional wine, an extensive menu, and superb service at many Portland restaurants. But in Stratton?

George

                Don’t get me wrong. Given my choice of Portland or Stratton, for pretty much everything I enjoy in Maine, you’d find me in Stratton every time. And now, the only thing missing for me in some rural Maine areas is available there: fabulous food.

                Plus it doesn’t take Linda and I any longer to drive to Stratton than to Portland, and the views traveling north are outstanding. So get in your car sometime soon, enjoy the ride, and dine at the Coplin Dinner House.

It's all about good food on Saturdays in Skowhegan

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Skowhegan
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The Farmers’ Market and Pick-up Café should be your Saturday destination.

Linda

If you are looking for the perfect way to spend a Saturday morning in Maine, head for Skowhegan. We chose to hit the Farmer’s Market first, then have lunch at the Pickup Cafe.

As soon as you step out of your car you’ll be met with lively music. Twisted Springs was playing that day and let me tell you, that was great fiddling. This market sources locally grown food from 17 farms in the area. I spotted several meat venues which offered turkey, duck, rabbit, sausage, and organic beef.  The Maine Meal has gourmet frozen meals in individual servings. What a great concept!

Go way Downeast for the best of Maine and Canada

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Lubec
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 If you can only visit one place in Maine this summer, make it Lubec and Campobello

Linda

A visit to Lubec and Campobello is special any time, but visiting just before school closed for the summer was a godsend for me. I had so many things to do before I closed my classroom for the year, and my gardens really needed attention before they went crazy. Sometimes things that seem insurmountable aren’t all that bad when you are refreshed. And Lubec always refreshes me.

Normally I am not ambitious on Friday night, but I was ready for a four hour drive after school just taking in the beautiful sights of this drive. A stop for a great meal in Ellsworth at Mainely Meats Barbeque broke up the trip nicely.

Marie's Whole Foods focuses on Maine-made healthy products and scrumptious food

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Readfield
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Marie’s Whole Foods in Readfield is a community gathering place focused on Maine-made healthy products and scrumptious from-scratch food.

George

                Cricket Blouin had me on the first bite of her very popular chocolate almond scone. I’d just stopped by Marie’s Whole Foods to autograph my books that Cricket is selling in her small store next to the Readfield Post Office, grabbed a coffee and scone to go, and headed down the road. The scone was soooo delicious, it guaranteed a quick return for lunch or dinner.

Food and fun featured at El El Frijoles

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Blue Hill
Deer Isle
Sargentville
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 The Mexican food is creative and flavorful and El El Frijoles is also a whole lot of fun!

George

With a weekend planned in Deer Isle, we were searching for a Friday night dinner in that area when I discovered El El Frijoles in Jillian and Malcolm Bedell’s Eating in Maine book. The Bedell’s were effusive in their praise. Jillian reported, “The crab quesadilla, a menu item I would not ordinarily think to order, was incredible, and it got better with every bite.” Yup. I wanted to eat there!

And boy, was that a good choice. In an old barn, Michele Levesque and Michael Rossney have created a popular and fun place to eat their impressive array of Mexican cuisine. Their story is a good one too. Michael’s family has had a house in the area since 1905 and he spent summers here.

Gather * Eat * Be Merry at 11 Central in Bangor

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Bangor
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 Gather * Eat * Be Merry – the slogan on our take-home bag from 11 Central, tells you all you need to know about this wonderful Bangor restaurant.

Linda

We have been hearing wonderful comments about 11 Central, a downtown eatery in Bangor. Open just about a year and a half, the word is certainly out if the number of patrons pouring in throughout the evening is any indication. And this restaurant deserves kudos for a charming atmosphere, great service, and delectable fresh food.

Benefit dinner for Alewive's Brook Farm featured great food for a great cause

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Cape Elizabeth
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What an excuse for gluttony! On May 16, the Sea Glass restaurant at Cape Elizabeth’s lovely Inn by the Sea hosted an auction and five course wine dinner to raise money for Alewive’s Brook Farm, just down the road from the Inn.

The Jordan family has been on the farm for three generations. And more than 80 supporters gathered at the Sea Glass to scoff up silent auction items and enjoy an elegant dinner. The money raised that night will be used to help build a new farm stand including equipment to allow processing of some foods.

Sea Glass gets a lot of fresh seasonal produce from Jodie Jordan, as well as all of its lobsters. As the Inn’s Rauni Kew told us, “They are a terrific family, and deliver here to the Inn as needed- sometimes 7 days a week!” 

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