Down East 2013 ©
Photos by Jennifer Baum
On the glorious day that was last Friday, I ventured to the Old Port on assignment. Cruising down commercial street, I was thrilled to notice that Jeff Landry’s new joint, The Farmer’s Table, was not only open for lunch, but the patio and rooftop would allow me to indulge in my first al fresco dining of the season.
Besides my delicious burger, cooked perfectly, topped with Pineland Cheddar, and accompanied by addictive shoestring fries, what pleased me most was the fabulous location improved upon by April’s burgeoning sun and warmth.
More Portland eateries need to follow Landry’s lead. Beginning in April, if we’re lucky, and lasting through most of the fall, again, if we’re lucky, Maine is a spectacular place to be outdoors. Maine also has great food. Therefore, it is only logical to combine its two assets into one immensely enjoyable experience.
Some other outdoor eateries that I love to frequent for food or drink when the sun is shining:
The Lobster Shack at Two Lights in Cape Elizabeth : Is there some scientific experiment that has proven that eating lobster and fried clams on the cliffs with waves crashing just feet away actually improves the taste of the food?
The Waterfront in Camden : There’s not much better than heading to the deck literally on Camden Harbor (you can pull up by boat) and settling in for a drink here after work in the summer.
Azure Café in Freeport : Prime people watching at this cute Italian joint. They have some killer drinks and their linguine with white clam sauce is one of my favorite indulgences in the state.
Café This Way in Bar Harbor : It might not be on the water, but this bustling eatery is tucked into a flowery nook and is a great outdoor brunch spot.
The Edge at the Inn at Ocean’s Edge in Lincolnville : Hidden down a meandering wooded path, The Edge is a great place to indulge in the open air and great food. Sit on the ground patio in warmer weather, or nestle up to a heat lamp on the upper deck if the nights get chilly.
Anna’s Water’s Edge Restaurant in Phippsburg : Again, one of my favorite spots for fried scallops and fresh fish. Perfect for a post Popham feast.