- By: Hilary Nangle
- Photography by: Jennifer Smith-Mayo
Amid the rolling hills, woodlands, and fields of rural North Waldoboro, David Swetnam and his wife, Jacqueline Sawyer, have turned a popular local fresh sauerkraut operation into a culinary destination for German food aficionados. Morse’s Kraut Haus Restaurant and European Deli draws fans from far beyond Maine who hunger not only for hard-to-find European specialty foods and authentic German fare, but also for the fresh sauerkraut that first earned German-immigrant farmer Virgil Morse fame back in 1918.
31 people, places, & dishes not to miss in 2010
- By: Kathleen Fleury
We all know that Maine is a big state, 33,215 square miles big to be exact. And we all appreciate the range of great food available. The challenge is actually finding it without blowing your wallet on a quest to eat your way across the state. So how do you discover Maine's hidden culinary hotspots? Our solution: go straight to the source. We queried dozens of Maine's acknowledged food experts - the chefs, market owners, specialty food purveyors, food writers, and other culinary icons - with a simple question: Where are you yourself eating now?
Here is a sampler plate of good bets.
Herewith, a comforting collection of Down East meals for all times of the day.
A new restaurant offers some of the best food in southern Maine.
Lily’s Café and Wine Bar offers gourmet food and friendly faces on Deer Isle.
Fifteen years ago, Belgian-style beer was a novelty in this great nation — the micro-brewed version of Jean-Claude Van Damme. That makes Rob Tod a visionary in our eyes. Long before American chefs began pairing entrees and appetizers with dubbels and tripels, Tod created the Allagash Brewing Company in a Portland industrial park, starting first with a signature white beer and then expanding to cellared and barrel-aged ales that rival the best brews ever to emerge from a Belgian monastery. The brewery offers tours and retail sales. 50 Industrial Way, Portland.
Westbrook’s Casa Novéllo offers a respite for world-weary diners looking for filling food.
- By: Michaela Cavallaro
- Photography by: Loyall Sewall
With tall windows overlooking Portland’s Exchange Street, a just-slightly-upscale atmosphere, and a menu that includes everything from a Kobe beef burger to an oxtail and scamorza spring roll, Walter’s is an Old Port standby. It’s the kind of place where you can seal a deal over a leisurely lunch or get a few details nailed down and be back at the office by one.