Best of Maine

Frank’s food is as good as the scenery

Submitted By George Smith on Tue, 07/19/2016 - 06:32


                We love Frank’s Dockside in Lubec for lots of reasons including the awesome views tables inside and on the outside deck, all overlooking the ocean channel and Mullholland Lighthouse on Campobello Island. Chef Frank cooks in the smallest kitchen we’ve ever seen in a restaurant, while his wife Wanda Corey, a Lubec native, keeps things flowing smoothly.

                And if you hope to have dinner here, you need to know that...

Bintliff's is the Best!

Submitted By George Smith on Mon, 07/11/2016 - 10:10

                 Bintliff’s in Ogunquit surprised us. From the outside, the white-sided building looks fairly modest. Inside, it is stunning, with several rooms, all beautifully decorated. I felt underdressed in my shorts! Thankfully, the table cloth covered my legs. And actually, although this place is elegant, it doesn’t feel “fancy.” You can come as you are.

              Owner/Chef Norm Hebert is a very friendly guy, and he came out of the kitchen to greet us and give us a brief tour. We met Norm at the annual awards dinner of the Maine Restaurant Association, at the...

There’s no better vacation spot than West Quoddy

Submitted By George Smith on Tue, 07/05/2016 - 10:58


                My family’s history can be seen from the window of our apartment at West Quoddy Station in Lubec. Just below us, on the bay, is the house my great grandfather and grandmother, Ephraim and Ada Johnson, moved into when he retired after 32 years as the keeper at West Quoddy Head Light, which is a ten minute walk from here. I remember visiting my great grandmother at that house, before she died when I was seven years old.


A mighty fine restaurant in Waterville

Submitted By George Smith on Mon, 06/27/2016 - 16:19

                 The only bad thing about writing a weekly travel column is that we seldom get to enjoy a return visit to our favorite places. It’s been 3 years since we last wrote about 18 Below in Waterville, but thankfully, it is just as good as we remembered.

                Owner/Chef Travis Lajoy’s Mom, Donna, the very personable greeter, is still up front, and Steve Comfort is still the primary server. He’s an amazing guy, who even remembered what we’d eaten here three years ago! We...

Let’s do lunch – and enjoy a great musical!

Submitted By George Smith on Mon, 06/20/2016 - 16:30


                From Federal Jack’s in Kennebunk to Cafe@130 Main in Winthrop, we’ve enjoyed some great lunches lately. And we were also entertained by a terrific musical during our first visit of the summer to the Maine Summer Music Theater in Brunswick.

                Federal Jack’s is the birthplace of my favorite Shipyard beers, and its second-story restaurant offers great views of the Kennebunk River. Picture this: we’re...

Nonantum Resort is a WOW! kind of place

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 06/12/2016 - 08:06


                I must have said Wow a couple of dozen times at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport. The first Wow came as the resort, built in 1884, came into view. It’s big and beautiful and right on the water. My second Wow came when we saw the beautiful fairy garden at the Resort’s entrance. Entering the main building to check in, we noted a staff meeting of a couple hundred or more people in the dining room. Wow again! And then we entered...

Now we know why folks love Ogunquit.

Submitted By George Smith on Fri, 06/03/2016 - 07:58


                Our beach escape began with a picnic at Laudholm Farm in Wells, a federal reserve with 7 miles of trails, one of which takes you to a lovely beach. Then it was on to The Meadowmere resort in Ogunquit, a town that wins many awards as a tourist destination.

                The Inn offers many amenities which keep people coming back year after year. At the outside hot tub, we met three related couples from various states who have gathered...

Mediterranean journey a short drive from home

Submitted By George Smith on Fri, 05/13/2016 - 15:16


                You need go no further than Portland to take a journey through the flavors of the Mediterranean. When I think of the tastes of the Mediterranean I think of tomatoes, olives and olive oil. TIQA offers a much broader view including cuisines I have not been exposed to.

                Sure, you've tasted foods from Italy and France, but how about Tunisia, Morocco, Lebanon, Turkey and Israel? The welcoming staff, including our experienced...

Let's do lunch - in Portland and Mount Vernon

Submitted By George Smith on Sun, 04/24/2016 - 15:39


                Whenever someone wants to meet with me in the Portland area, I insist on getting together in my “Portland office,” a corner booth by the window at Hot Suppa on the west end of Congress Street. So of course, when Linda and I decided to start this Let’s Do Lunch series, Hot Suppa was at the top of our list for a visit.

                The small cozy dining area is inviting, with a small bar, booths along one wall, and...

Loved this Portland restaurant!

Submitted By George Smith on Tue, 04/19/2016 - 10:05


                Union Restaurant opened in the spring of 2015. Located in the Press Hotel, it has a contemporary, edgy atmosphere. Slatted ceilings and nice lighting give it an open feeling. The restaurant is in a large space and they stagger reservations here so that service runs smoothly.

                You will notice the large open kitchen as soon as you enter. Several chefs work seamlessly to produce great dishes. There are no secrets in this...

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