Visited the midcoast region for four days last week. Here are my impressions.
Had lunch at Mae's in Bath on Saturday. The 100% natural Caldwell Beef burger with cheese was very tasty. Did not care for the cole slaw it came with as it was limp and soggy and had no taste. There was a full selection of all manner of cakes, pies -- wildberry, pecan, apple cranberry crumb, cookies and a seasonal pumpkin ginger coffee cake in the dessert cases.
Had a bowl of split pea soup from Treats in Wiscasset on another day for lunch. Not something I would order again. For dessert, a pear and cranberry (fresh not dried fruit) coffee cake. They also had luscious looking pear cranberry apple nectarine pies (all one pie) on the counter.
Chase's Daily in Belfast for margharita pizza on another day. Thin crust, crispy and very good.
Had dinner at In Good Company on Main Street in Rockland on Thursday night. Very cute place, nice atmosphere, the back room is quite intimate with only 3 tables. Ordered the haddock crabmeat Aragon vegetable pista. The tomato based sauce completely overwhelmed the fish and I could have been eating anything. I should have paid more attention to the entree's description --"Aragon style". The salad was tasty with a lovely bistro dressing and the bread was good as well. Only dessert selection was a flourless chocolate cake and a plate of assorted chocolates from a chocolatier in town.
On Friday night had dinner at Primo. Was disappointed with the fish selection as all the entrees consisted of mild flavored and inexpensive varieties of fish -- hake, skate, monkfish at $26 and $27 per entree. Ordered the hake with sweet corn and beans with a pea reduction. It was good but rather bland. Their dessert selection is outstanding. I had the nectarine huckleberry crostada with honey gelato -- a large (impressive size) individual tart with fruit flavors bursting on the tongue. Another dessert special that evening was a butternut squash brown sugar tart with pecans, a scoop of vanilla gelato and a shot glass of Jim Beam. They sold out of that one. Second visit, second time underwhelmed -- apart from the desserts.
Saturday evening dinner at Natlalie's at the Mill in Camden. Very elegant dining. Service is first-rate. Lovely outdoor porch for before dinner drinks. The bread basket has three varieties. The green salad with spiced nuts, a pungent gorgonzola etc. was very good. Had the pan seared sea scallops with corn, wild mushrooms, sweet potatoes with a pea tendril reduction. My dining companion had the coriander crusted Irish salmon. A+ on both counts. I think this is the best restaurant in the midcoast region hands down. Have never been disappointed.
Dinner on Sunday night at Damariscotta River Grill. The sauteed lobster with champagne, garlic butter, chives, and lemon over fettucine was divine. The pear cranberry bread pudding with bourbon butterscoth sauce topped with sliced almonds and a dollop of whipped cream is worth a lengthy drive. It used to be a seasonal dessert but due to popular demand it's on the "permanent" dessert menu.
In terms of baked goods, Atlantic Baking and Brown Bag on Main Street in Rockland are superb. Atlantic Baking has lots of muffins with fresh fruit. Scallion and bacon scones top-notch. Brown Bag's large selection of breads, cakes, cookies is impressive. The Market Basket on Rt. 1 in Rockport also has a full array of pies, cookies, pastries, and all manner of baked goods. Their selection changes on a daily basis. The breakfast foccacia in particular is memorable baked with fresh veggies and eggs.
The Fair Trade coffee at Boynton McKay on Main Street in Camden usually includes a selection of 5 different roasts and the wild blueberry cheese danish I had was scrumptious.
If anyone is planning to take a trip soon, I hope this is helpful.
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