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Mediterranean Grill, Freeport ME

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Mediterranean Grill, Freeport ME

MU | Mar 24, 2006 08:44 AM

Hi all. We visited this place a couple of weeks ago, and I'd like to bring it to folks' attention. It's a slightly upscale Middle Eastern place on School St. in what serves as downtown Freeport, i.e. the shopping district, and is wonderful. To find it, go one block past the big LL Bean store (that's heading away from 295), cross the street and turn right. It's at the end of the first block. The restaurant has a few parking spaces out front and a public parking lot across the street.

The food: We had a cold appetizer plate with well-prepared hummus, nice chunky eggplant salad, a great and unusual dilled carrot dip made with ground fresh carrots, yogurt, dill and garlic, aromatic dolma with raisins and pistachios. This is key for me at a place like this: bread at the table was warm (I hate hate hate cold bread baskets at restaurants) and refilled promptly when requested to go with the lovely apps. Entrees were tasty and enormous -- one consisted of two veggie turnovers the size of my outspread hand accompanied by a generous pool of ajval (sweet/hot red bell pepper sauce) and the other an entire chicken breast rolled around a filling very similar to that inside the grape leaves and covered with a homey tarragon cream sauce. Very buttery sauteed spinach, peppers and onions on the side, and garlicky, crispy potatoes that could only be described as homefries. Shades of someone's tenure in a Greek diner coming out, possibly, but still well prepared. The room is modern, casual but sophisticated, and the service was friendly and professional.

We were there at 8ish on a Wednesday, which is admittedly pretty late for springtime in Maine, but there were only one or two other tables occupied. This location was previously home to the School St. Cafe, which got very nice notices from people (never made it there myself) and closed nonetheless.

If you're in Freeport, please check this place out. It deserves to stick around and is a nice choice for post-shopping if you're visiting our lovely state.

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