Travelin’ Maine(rs): Restaurant Reviews

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

Remembering summer

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 George

                Our summer began early, in April, with a visit to southeast Arizona and Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas, where temperatures were in the 90s.  Soon after returning home, we made our annual birding pilgrimage to Monhegan.

                Since beginning this travel column 5 ½ years ago, Linda and I have fallen in love with Maine’s islands. Highlights of our summer this year were visits to Peaks Island, Swan’s Island, and Frenchboro on Long Island for their lobster festival.

                Lubec is always a summer destination and our June visit to stay at West Quoddy Station, where the old coast guard station has been renovated into a great place to stay, followed by a few days at Island Chalet on Campobello, was wonderful.

You'll love the Pig and Poet in this historic inn

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Camden
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 Linda

                The Whitehall is one of the oldest inns in Camden located on High Street within walking distance of the downtown area. Two years ago it was refurbished by Lark Hotels. They kept all the beautiful architectural features of the building and added bright bold colors and modern furniture to update the style of this inn.

                I loved the main lobby, a sprawling open space with many sitting areas. The bright artwork and design of this room is very well done. I enjoyed the variety of seating as each piece was extremely different in its design. While enjoying my early morning coffee I sat in several of the chairs and was pleased to find an ultra-modern one that was extremely comfortable.

Swan's Island is a very friendly place

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Swans Island
Frenchboro
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 Linda

                Swan’s Island is one of the friendliest places we’ve ever visited. We were welcomed heartily when we visited two years ago, even getting invited to a birthday party. This visit we attended a church supper and struck up a conservation with several people.

                Before we left, the Wachtels invited us over to see their house and visit with them on the other side of the island, and Eric Chetwynd offered to show us all the work they’ve done to restore the island’s lighthouse.

Historic Camden inn includes great restaurant

City or Town: 
Camden
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 Linda

                The Whitehall is one of the oldest inns in Camden located on High Street within walking distance of the downtown area. Two years ago it was refurbished by Lark Hotels. They kept all the beautiful architectural features of the building and added bright bold colors and modern furniture to update the style of this inn.

                I loved the main lobby, a sprawling open space with many sitting areas. The bright artwork and design of this room is very well done. I enjoyed the variety of seating as each piece was extremely different in its design. While enjoying my early morning coffee I sat in several of the chairs and was pleased to find an ultra-modern one that was extremely comfortable.

Skowhegan’s Kel-Mat Café is a real gem

City or Town: 
Skowhegan
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 Linda

                Skowhegan has a bustling cafe that is a real gem. Eleven years ago owner Kelly Rossignol opened The Kel-Mat Cafe in a smaller building on busy Madison Avenue, then moved to this charming historic house with lots of parking out back, where the entrance to the restaurant is located. I knew as soon as I entered that this was a unique sandwich shop, looking up to find a large board that covered the wall with a huge selection of menu choices. Items #1-23 were sandwiches with great variety, all priced at $6.95. Gluten free bread is available for all sandwiches. About half the items on the sandwich list are very unique wraps.

Creativity and commitment to community make Vittles special

City or Town: 
Pittsfield
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 Linda

                 Vittles Restaurant is a family run gem in Pittsfield. Bob and Kathy Phelan, the owners, are parents of the talented and inspired chef Richard LeRose whose creative energy focuses on quality fresh ingredients.

                Dinners are served here on Friday and Saturday nights featuring a menu of the day. Bob wanted to get us started with the specialty appetizers of the evening - Tempura Battered Garlic Scapes and Fried Calamari. Even though it was half portions of each, out came a rectangular plate heaped with curly garlic scapes, calamari, and even some fried jalapeño.

Great Mexican food in Milbridge

City or Town: 
Milbridge
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 Linda

                We’d read about a place that serves really great Mexican food in Milbridge, and set our sights on trying it last year. Unfortunately, when we arrived, they had just closed for the season.

                It is surprising to find great ethnic food in a town this small. Add in the fact that this is authentic Mexican food. You’d probably have to search hard to find many of those in our entire state.

                Vazquez Mexican Take Out is open every day for breakfast and lunch, except Sunday, and usually, enroute to and from Lubec, we come through Milbridge on Sunday. But we’ll be changing that now that we’ve eaten here!

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