Travelin’ Maine(rs): Restaurant Reviews

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

An elegant get-a-way awaits you at the Hartstone Inn

City or Town: 
Camden
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Linda

                 From the mini cooking whip on your key chain to photos of stunning plates of food on a IPad on your dining table, it is clear that the Hartstone Inn attracts people who appreciate fine food. We had recommendations from several friends that a stay at the Hartstone is a must. And they were so right. The rooms are stunning and everyone is focused on making your stay here memorable.  

                The main inn is an historic building once owned by a Camden doctor. Owners Mary Jo Brink and Michael Salmon took over the inn in 1998 and later purchased two nearby buildings which now provide suites for their guests.

Find the elephant on Fairfield's Main Street

City or Town: 
Fairfield
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 George

                See if you can find the elephant that’s almost hidden on Fairfield’s Main Street. You’ll be very pleasantly surprised when you do.

                We are very fortunate that Iqbal Hossan and his wife Shawn have opened the Dancing Elephant in our neck of the woods, a beautiful Indian restaurant and lounge featuring truly amazing cuisine. This is an extraordinarily hard-working family, originally from Bangladesh. Iqbul stays overnight in an apartment upstairs in this building that he purchased earlier this year, while Shawn drives up every afternoon from their Portland home with their two teenage children after the kids get out of school.

Enjoying Italy - in Rockland, Maine

City or Town: 
Rockland
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 George

                In early January we enjoyed a spectacular Italian feast at Rustica on Rockland’s Main Street. Chef/Owner John Stowe is a very friendly guy and boy can he cook! The restaurant is lovely, with wooden tables, soft lighting, and beautiful art. But it’s the staff that really shines. Our server, Adrian, has worked here for 6 ½ years and is super knowledgeable about the menu, which is a good thing because it is lengthy.

                I enjoyed a delicious glass of Layer Cake Primitivo ($9), which paired well with my entrée, John’s housemade Risotto, a dish that lets his creativity shine, because he actually changes it every night. Mine included house-made chicken bacon sausage in tomato parm risotto with baby arugala and artichokes ($22). The portion was massive and I enjoyed it for lunch when we got home.

The Travelin' Maine(rs) love Geaghan's in Bangor

City or Town: 
Bangor
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 George

                We sure know how to pick ‘em. The day we were planning to have dinner at Geaghan’s Pub in Bangor, Greg Dugal of the Maine Restaurant Association showed up at the restaurant in the morning to surprise the Geaghans with an award as the 2016 Restauranteurs of the Year. Given the large number of wonderful restaurants in our state, this is quite an honor. But not a surprise to us.

                Geaghan’s has been a favorite of ours since we began writing this column five years ago. I spoke to the Bangor Rotary on January 5, so we decided to stay overnight at our Bangor home, also known as the Fireside Inn and Suites, and enjoy dinner at Geaghan’s, conveniently located in the same building across the street from the Cross Insurance Bangor Auditorium.

40 Paper in Camden is Exceptional

City or Town: 
Camden
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 If you are enjoying the Samoset Resort’s ice bar this weekend, lucky you! If not, there’s still opportunity to do that next weekend. For two weekends every January, the Resort features this amazing structure and display, chiseled from 50,000 pounds of ice, and you really have to see it to believe it.

Tempo Dulu is an adventure in eating

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 Linda

                Looking for an adventure in eating? Do you like trying new foods that are full of flavor, spicy, and creative? Then we have the place for you. Tempo Dulu serves Southeast Asian cuisine and is located in Portland's West End at the Danforth Inn where we enjoyed a lovely visit before Christmas.

 

Holy Connoli! We Loved Ming Lee!

City or Town: 
Waterville
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 Linda

                For years I have been stopping for terrific Chinese food at Ming Lee in Waterville.  My hairdresser Susan Martin first mentioned how unique their food is. Of course I followed up and I do agree, the food here is very special. Because I often brought home take-out food from Ming Lee, George thought it was a take-out place with little seating. He was shocked that it is a spacious, nice dining spot!

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