Travelin’ Maine(rs): Restaurant Reviews

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

Federal Jack's and other favorite brewpubs

City or Town: 
Bangor
Topsham
Hallowell
Kennebunk
Waterville
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 It all started here, at Federal Jack’s in Kennebunk.

George

                Shipyard Brewery’s Export Ale is one of my favorite brews, and it was brewed first at Federal Jack’s in Kennebunk in 1992. That history drew us to Federal Jack’s Restaurant and Brew Pub for dinner in April of 2013 and Linda and I loved it so much we returned the very next day for lunch.

                So it wasn’t a hard sell when I suggested that we host some of our kids and grandkids here during our August visit to Ram’s Head Farm in nearby York. Joining us for lunch at Jack’s were son Josh, daughter-in-law Kelly, and new granddaughter Ada, along with daughter Rebekah and grandsons Addison and Vishal.

Old Saco Inn and Stone Mountain Arts Center

City or Town: 
Fryeburg
Brownfield
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 A Celtic concert at Stone Mountain Arts Center and a stay at the Old Saco Inn made for a great 24-hour-hour get-a-way.

George

                She sings, she plays, she cooks, she inspires. Carol Noonan does it all. Eight years ago she turned an old barn into the best place to listen to music in Maine.

                We’ve been blessed to attend a couple of events a year at Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield, just below Fryeburg, and they are always spectacular. Our most recent visit in October featured an Irish band, Gaelic Storm, and they created a storm in that old barn, for sure.

Celebrating Octoberfest at the Brunswick Tavern

City or Town: 
Brunswick
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Octoberfest’s wine and beer dinner at the Brunswick Tavern brought back fond memories.

Linda

                An invitation to The Brunswick Tavern to celebrate their 3rd annual Beer vs Wine dinner was a welcome one. But the fact that this one focused on German Food and was celebrating Octoberfest made it even better for me. Fond memories of visiting Munich, Germany many years ago during Octoberfest came back.

                I love German food and now find myself craving sauerkraut. I grew lots of cabbage this year with that in mind and have preserved a gallon of this delicious stuff for the winter ahead.

Federal Jack's and my other favorite pubs

City or Town: 
Bangor
Waterville
Damariscotta
Kennebunk
Topsham
Hallowell
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 It all started here, at Federal Jack’s in Kennebunk.

George

Shipyard Brewery’s Export Ale is one of my favorite brews, and it was brewed first at Federal Jack’s in Kennebunk in 1992. That history drew us to Federal Jack’s Restaurant and Brew Pub for dinner in April of 2013 and Linda and I loved it so much we returned the very next day for lunch.

So it wasn’t a hard sell when I suggested that we host some of our kids and grandkids here during our August visit to Ram’s Head Farm in nearby York. Joining us for lunch at Jack’s were son Josh, daughter-in-law Kelly, and new granddaughter Ada, along with daughter Rebekah and grandsons Addison and Vishal.

Josh brews his own tasty beer down in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and once wrote a popular beer blog, so I felt like we were bringing along a real beer expert!

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Great wine, great beer, great food: Special dinners at Winterport Winery have it all!

City or Town: 
Winterport
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 George

                It was a very special night for the owners, staff, friends, and customers of the Winterport Winery and Penobscot Bay Brewery. We didn’t know that, when we confirmed for one of their popular monthly wine and beer dinners, but we were very happy to participate in the celebration.

                Owners Michael and Joan Anderson had just received the 2014 Maine Food Producer of the Year award from the Maine Grocers and Food Producers Association, the first winery and brewery to win that prestigious recognition. And they were, along with the entire staff – very excited.

The Salt Water Farm Cafe is a lively, beautiful place with very creative food

City or Town: 
Rockport
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 Linda    

                The view from the Salt Water Farm Cafe looks quite different in the summer. The outside deck is bustling and boats are in the harbor, quite a different picture than when we visited back in January during a snow storm for Sunday Brunch.

        But inside, the restaurant it is still a cozy spot to enjoy amazing food. I love that they focus on serving local food that is very fresh. That point was well made this time when I quickly noticed three types of wild mushrooms featured on the menu. We too search for, and indulge in, chanterelles and black trumpet mushrooms during the summer. My preparations of these pale in comparison to theirs for sure. George has been asking me to replicate his incredible appetizer of black trumpet gravy over biscuits at home. Oh, that I could!

A Favorite Destination: Bar Harbor's BlueNose Inn and Looking Glass Restaurant

City or Town: 
Bar Harbor
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Bar Harbor’s BlueNose Inn' Looking Glass Restaurant has added vegan dishes to its already amazing menu.

George

                We had the best view in the state for a morning cup of coffee, enjoyed on the deck of our fourth floor suite at Bar Harbor’s BlueNose Inn, high on a hill above the town overlooking the open ocean. Of course the BlueNose also offers the best view in the state for breakfast and dinner at its hilltop restaurant, the Looking Glass.

                But this story begins about 9 pm on Friday night, sitting in the lounge where Bill Trowell’s extraordinary piano playing has entertained the BlueNose’s guests for 18 years. Bill is amazing and we make sure to spend some time enjoying his music whenever we’re in Bar Harbor.

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