Best of Maine

We loved Sweet Chilli Thai in Augusta!

Submitted By George Smith on Tue, 11/14/2017 - 13:02


          Sweet Chilli Thai Restaurant has been in business for nine years. Located at the Augusta airport, we probably have driven by a hundred times. Three previous Thai restaurants were located in that same spot. But this one has stayed and has a loyal following. And now that we have eaten there we know why. The food is superb and the staff is very welcoming...

A great birthday dinner and lots of lunches

Submitted By George Smith on Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:54



          As my October 15 birthday approached, Linda knew just where to take me for a celebratory dinner: Calzolaio in Wilton, which has been a favorite of ours since before we began writing this column 7 years ago.

          Tom and Roccell Marcellino’s awesome restaurant is always packed, so you must get a reservation. And even on that Sunday night, every...

A great dinner at Island Inn on Monhegan

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 10/22/2017 - 12:34



          Our fall trip to Monhegan Island took us to the Island Inn restaurant...

Another Great Visit to Monhegan

Submitted By George Smith on Tue, 10/17/2017 - 08:57


          Monhegan Island is the perfect place to relax and escape the troubles of our country and world. It’s a very friendly place. Both residents and visitors stop to visit with us on the many walking trails, and if we’re wearing binoculars, ask what we’ve seen.

          Yes, Monhegan is a birder’s paradise, but it’s much more than that. On our first visit here, a May day trip with Maine Audubon to see migrating birds, we fell in love with the island and have returned many times since, both spring and...

Uno Mas is a very creative Mexican restaurant

Submitted By George Smith on Tue, 10/10/2017 - 08:28



          It didn’t take long for people far and wide to discover Uno Mas, a new Mexican restaurant that opened last December in Farmington. We owe our friends the Grazianos of Readfield a thank you for recommending this wonderful restaurant to us.

          Owner Ryan Nezal, a Farmington native, has completely renovated the restaurant, and it’s very...

Come Spring is a great book and a great cafe!

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 10/01/2017 - 09:12


          Come Spring is an historical novel originally published in 1940. It is the story of the founding of a small town in Maine, Union, “by ordinary people in an ordinary way.” It is why the Come Spring Cafe has always caught my eye. It is a cute little diner that normally has lots of cars in the parking lot and along the road.


The Bradley Inn is a wonderful place in a wonderful place

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 09/24/2017 - 08:16


           I love their story. Tony and Laura Moskwa checked out more than 40 inns on the east coast before purchasing the Bradley Inn in New Harbor. And they love our state, as does their son Ross, who decided to move here with them, to serve as a chef in the Inn’s public restaurant. They are all super friendly hosts, truly enjoying visiting with each and every guest.

          Since taking over here last spring, they’ve been...

I enjoyed a seafood feast in the north woods!

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 09/17/2017 - 08:40


          The Big Moose Inn just west of Millinocket, enroute to Baxter Park, is an amazing place with two campgrounds, plus lovely cabins and comfy rooms at the Inn, just upstairs from their pub and Fredericka’s restaurant. We love historical places and this place got started 165 years ago. History still hangs here on the walls.

          The current owners have been here for 40 years, and now include their grandchildren in the management team. Linda was threatening to sit in the pub by herself, because that’s the menu that...

Great Indian food at Mughal Palace

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 09/10/2017 - 12:37


          Mughal Palace is a wonderful Indian restaurant that opened in Chelsea in January. That’s right, a great restaurant serving authentic Indian cuisine right here in our area. I suppose people in large cities don’t get excited about something like this, but rural folks like us do.

          Emom, our host and server, guided us through the lengthy menu offering suggestions and explanations. He was both friendly and knowledgeable, and I peppered him with lots of questions.


New brewery is an awesome addition to Lubec

Submitted By George Smith on Tue, 09/05/2017 - 08:35



          I love Gale White’s story. A nuclear physicist who dramatically changed careers, he selected Maine for that life changing experience, going first to Bar Harbor, which was far too crowded for him, and then being directed to Lubec by a knowledgeable bartender, where Gale purchased a small breakfast place.

          Gale met and married a local lady,...

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