Travelin’ Maine(rs): Restaurant Reviews

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

Can't stop thinking about Cafe Miranda

City or Town: 
Rockland
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                Some restaurants are so special that I often find myself thinking about their food. That’s certainly true of Cafe Miranda in Rockland. I can close my eyes and almost see their Fire Roasted Greens dish. Seasonal greens, caramelized onions and mushrooms are roasted in their wood-fired oven, then served with a balsamic drizzle and a chunk of feta cheese. You know a dish is great when even George gets excited about a vegetable appetizer.

                I crave that dish whenever I think about it, so I try not to think about it because I don’t have a wood-fired oven. Then along comes Chef/Owner Kerry Altiero’s new cookbook, Adventures in Comfort Food, and there it is: a recipe for Oven Roasted Kale. I don’t know how well my oven cooks at 500 degrees, but I will surely be trying it this winter.

Exceptional food and a beautiful tavern in Bridgton

City or Town: 
Bridgton
Norway
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 George

                When Cindi Hooper, the owner/host at Bridgton’s Noble House Inn, recommended The Black Horse Tavern for dinner, I didn’t expect much. Pub food, a good selection of beer, and I would have been satisfied.

                But I was blown away by the beautiful interior of the Tavern, the exceedingly friendly staff and customers, and the extraordinary meal we enjoyed there. But let’s begin at the beginning.

Best Restaurants of 2014

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Unique, creative, and tasty food, plus superb service, made these 12 restaurants our favorites for 2014. You’ll want to dine here in 2015 – and so will we!

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Fondly remembering our favorite inns of 2014

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Charming hosts, comfortable rooms, and fantastic food made 2014 a memorable year for the Travelin Maine(rs). This week we’ll tell you about our best experiences of the year at seven outstanding inns. Next week, we’ll give you an accounting of the restaurants that made our year special.

These are places you’ll want to put on your travel list for 2015.

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Great food and a beautiful restaurant within sight of LL Bean!

City or Town: 
Freeport
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 George

                Going to LL Bean to shop for Christmas? Don’t drive by the Tuscan Brick Oven Bistro just north of and across the street from Bean! This restaurant is charming and beautiful and the food is bountiful and delicious. This is a real find.

                We enjoyed one of our best meals of the year here two weeks ago. The restaurant was surprisingly packed for a Sunday night, yet no one hurried us and we lingered with our friends Ed and Cate Pineau of Vassalboro, who recommended the Tuscan.

Winthrop's Full Court Deli will surprise you

City or Town: 
Winthrop
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                 Winthrop’s Full Court Deli is much more than a place that serves creative and delicious food. It’s a community gathering place, where local folks hang out, visit, laugh, and enjoy life. Of course the great food makes that all the better.

                Owner and chef Rick Lough (he will cringe at the word chef, but the man can cook!) has created an exceptionally good menu, and equally important, a restaurant that features the endorsement of my Dad, Ezra Smith.

Let's go to the hospital - to eat!

City or Town: 
Augusta
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 George

                When Nona Boyink suggested we write a travel column about Maine General Hospital’s cafeteria, I was incredulous. “People don’t go to the hospital to dine, do they?” I asked. “Yes they do!” Nona exclaimed.

                And she was right. In the last two months, I’ve had occasion to eat breakfast at the hospital twice. The first time I had a wonderful omelet with bacon and cheese, a bagel with cream cheese, and coffee, for $5.02. Yup. Just $5.02.

                So now you know why the hospital has become my breakfast place! I’m cheap, and so’s the food here. But cheap isn’t enough to draw a crowd, and I have to say, I’ve been very surprised by the quality of the food served here.

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