Eat Maine

Academe at the Kennebunk Inn

By the time Brian and Shanna O’Hea moved to Maine 15 years ago, they’d already had some exceptional and interesting cooking and hospitality experiences. There was Shanna’s stint as estate manager for a well-known and wealthy family in New York, … Continue reading

Bolster, Snow, & Co.

It’s a joy to see the beautiful historic buildings of Portland restored to their glory days. The former Baxter Library building is now home to an advertising agency, Woodford Corner is getting a complete makeover, and now a lovely Italianate … Continue reading

The Coplin Dinner House

On a sweltering day in August, Sadie, a Portuguese water dog, greets me as I pull off Carrabassett Road in Coplin Plantation. Her enthusiastic welcome is matched by that of her owners, Heidi Donovan and Tony Rossi. They are waiting for … Continue reading

Rose Foods

My Jewish grandmother was not much of a cook. In fact, I don’t ever recall the oven even being turned on. I’m not sure what she ate when we weren’t there, but when my family visited her in New York, … Continue reading

The Roma

Imagine the Roma Cafe in the 1960s with crystal chandeliers, white tablecloths, and happy patrons sipping hefty martinis. The dressed-up crowd nibbles on olives from the relish tray, while waiting on their veal parmesan dinner. It could be an anniversary … Continue reading

Cheevitdee

Four flavor profiles make up the foundation of Thai food: sweet, sour, salty, and spicy. But there’s one element that is rarely mentioned, and is important to the Thai cuisine experience: hospitality. At Cheevitdee on Fore Street in Portland, there’s … Continue reading

Ogunquit Beach Lobster House

On an unseasonably warm day on October, the streets are filled with visitors from near and far celebrating OgunquitFest. Paddle boarders float by dressed in costume, an antique car show is taking place nearby as well as a dog beach … Continue reading

Brian’s

When the opportunity arose for Jessica and Brian Nichols to move their restaurant from Rumford to Bethel, the decision was an easy one. Jessica’s family has a ski house at Sunday River when she was a child and they have … Continue reading

Little Giant

Sitting with Briana Volk at a booth in Little Giant, I am distracted. She’s holding Rocky, her handsome and happy five-month old baby. It’s hard not to look at him, trying to make him laugh, but Little Giant commands attention … Continue reading

The Shop from Island Creek Oysters

Oysters, caviar, and rosé on a sunny Wednesday afternoon—nothing has felt this indulgent in a long time. I’m happy to report that this marvelous experience was affordable (well, the caviar is a bit of a splurge) and available to anyone … Continue reading