Best of Maine

Place and event reviews and articles by town and city in Maine.

Kennebec Pizza is out of this World.

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Hallowell
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The pizza is otherworldly, but I’ve always considered Brooklyn to be otherworldly. Steve Deptula owns a restaurant, brick oven pizza place, and microbrewery in Brooklyn. And now he’s brought his scrumptious pizzas to Hallowell, Maine. Steve says the pizza he’s serving in Hallowell is common “all over New York City.” I’ll take his word for it. I’m not going down there to check it out. I will be checking out the pizza on a regular basis at Steve’s Kennebec Pizza on Hallowell’s Main Street. It just may be the best pizza in Maine. Understanding that a photo is worth 1000 words, take a gander at the lead photo with this blog. It’s a Pizza Naplitano, prosciutto with provolone and mozzarella cheeses topped with fresh Romano tomatoes. It was as good as it looks. Steve makes his dough from “the world’s finest Italian flour,” double ground. It’s like no flour I’ve ever handled, very delicate and soft. He also makes his own pesto sauce and mozzarella cheese. He regularly offers five varieties of pizza and always has one special pizza.

Don't Duck the Fries at Portland's Duckfat Restaurant

City or Town: 
Portland
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George When son Josh called to report that he and our daughter-in-law Kelly were enjoying a weekend in Portland and hoped we would join them for Sunday lunch at Duckfat Restaurant, I was pleased with the invitation but concerned about the duck. I have had two experiences with meals of duck. When I was an avid duck hunter, most of the ducks I shot were hardly edible. Some were totally inedible including merganzers and eiders. Josh remembers chomping down on a piece of buckshot in a duck once when he was growing up. That would have been the tastiest portion of the duck. On the other hand, over the years I’ve enjoyed succulent duck meals at the Belgrade Inn, famous for its long-roasting method of preparing duck. So Linda and I accepted the invitation and met Josh and Kelly at Duckfat in mid-November. A tiny place, Duckfat takes no reservations, but our wait outside on a pleasant sunny day was not long. And boy, their duck is a different critter than those ducks I used to kill and eat. Although the menu offers a bunch of interesting choices, I had to try the duck, of course. It’s a panini called duckfat confit with kimchi and sweet chili sauce.

Mount Vernon’s Post Office Café

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Mount Vernon
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Mount Vernon’s Post Office Café: Spectacular soups, salads, sandwiches, and specials.

The Big City – Portland, Maine

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Portland
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