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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

Noble Barbecue

The aroma hits you first. That primal scent of cooking meat, of smoke, fat, and salt, has an almost dizzying effect. As you make your way to the counter, metal trays of sandwiches and fries are hurried past, headed for … Continue reading

The Cape Neddick Inn

Justin and Danielle Walker have their work cut out for them. The chef and his wife, both most recently at Earth at Hidden Pond, are the new owners of the Cape Neddick Inn. The restaurant has been a fixture on … Continue reading

Sur Lie

Emil Rivera, chef at Sur Lie, is a self-professed nerd. He needs to know the “why” of everything, from cycling to physics to food science. “I geek out on the science of how things work,” Rivera tells me. “I need … Continue reading

Stone Barn Dinner at Saint Joseph’s College

You might think you’re a world away from a busy college campus, but the Stone Barn is just across the street from Saint Joseph’s College in Standish. The Normandy-style barn, built in 1920, is the centerpiece of the college’s 18-acre … Continue reading