Stonewall Kitchen, in York ME, has come to national prominence as a maker of prepared foods, especially preserves and condiments. Personally, Ive found almost everything they make to be too sweet (try their Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce as a particularly telling example), but theyre clearly a quality operation.
A few years ago, they opened a headquarters complex on Route One in York, right off the York Exit of Interstate 95. That exit is so close to the toll plaza its easy to miss, but worth taking if you care to enjoy a convenient meal at several removes from the usual interstate fare.
Their café opened there perhaps a year ago. I visited the complex for the first time last week and headed straight for the café. Its part of a spacious high-ceilinged retail area which sells household and kitchen goods as well as the Stonewall Kitchen line, and has a demonstration kitchen set up as well.
The Café has two components: a take-out sandwich and pastry operation with its own seating area, and a small restaurant proper. The atmosphere is very pleasant, sort of like the restaurant youd find at a good art museum. Service is excellent: prompt, friendly and competent. The food is very good- not without flaws (and pricey), but Id stop there again any time.
I had their Lobster BLT - lobster salad, apple-wood smoked bacon, romaine and tomatoes on toasted brioche with basil aioli, served with a demi salad or french fries ($18.00) (this description taken directly from their menu), and really liked it. This despite the fact that the lobster meat was taken mostly from the claws, and that the tomatoes were pale and dull. The total effect of the sandwich was delicious, with a nice briny snap. Dessert was a very nice blueberry bread pudding, and there was a full menu of coffee and espresso-based drinks.
Highly recommended on its own, and a great resource for the traveller. The URL below provides a wealth of further information inluding sample menus and directions.
PLEASE NOTE: the restaurant itself is only open from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Takeout is apparently available from 10:00 to 6:00.