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Maine Restaurant Week Returns to Kennebunkport Maine!

February 16th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

Maine Restaurant Week is a wonderful way to test out new restaurants or enjoy different options at some old favorites, and fortunately for us, several Kennebunkport Maine restaurants have chosen to participate in 2012.  But if you’re interested in exploring, there are loads of options in other nearby communities.   So as I started looking forward to this year’s Maine Restaurant Week (March 1-10, 2012), I began to

Maine Restaurant Week in Kenebunkport Maine water views

A view of Kennebunkport Maine from Federal Jack's - it just what I needed!

think about why exactly I enjoy eating in restaurants and narrowed it down to three main reasons.

  • Eating out gives me a chance to try some different foods, or ones I just can’t make at home.  Now, we can all whip up a pot of pasta and marinara sauce, but there’s more to Italian cuisine than graces the shelves of your local supermarket.  We are lucky enough to have Grissini within walking distance of our Maine Bed and Breakfast.  Although they advertise themselves as being located in Kennebunkport Maine, they’re actually just over the border in Kennebunk, so keep that in mind when you’re out walking.  Anyhow, their thin crust stone hearth pizza is honestly the best I have ever had.  There’s no way that I could make that at home without an awesome stone pizza oven, so it’s a real treat!  Plus, their beef Carpaccio is a delicacy most wouldn’t dare to try at home.
  • Another reason that I test drive different restaurants is for the chef.  In the case of Academe Brasserie, it’s two famous chefs!  This participating restaurant, Brian and Shanna O’Hea, has been featured on the food network and received lots of accolades in the industry lately, so while it’s a personal fave that we patronize regularly, I regularly try establishments for their reputations.  Plus, they often have gluten free soups available, which is great for our family.
  • Finally, I also sometimes just need to gaze at the water, dreaming of the upcoming summer (I can’t believe how fast it’s approaching!).  If you’re in the same boat, you can enjoy the view of Kennebunkport Maine from the dining room of Federal Jack’s – it’s a perfect choice for “deluxe” pub food.  And their selection of handcrafted beers is terrific, especially the “Old Thumper.”

So whatever your reasons for indulging in an evening of dining out, this March 1-10 is the perfect time to explore!  Each of the participating restaurants offers three course lunch and/or dinner for just $20.12, $30.12, or $40.12!  That just can’t be beat!  Plus, with three great restaurants in Kennebunkport Maine, and some extra cash in your pocket from these great savings, you can indulge in a Maine Stay getaway and we’ll throw the third night in for free! (*Please note, the least expensive night will be at no charge, even if it isn’t your third evening.)

Wining and Dining: Romantic Kennebunkport Maine Restaurants

February 10th, 2012 by Judi Hauer

Tis the season to pull out all the stops when it comes to planning your romantic getaway, and Kennebunkport Maine restaurants never fail to impress.  Now, you’ve surely earned bonus points for planning this intimate escape to a Maine Bed and Breakfast, but picking the perfect spot for a special meal is sure to be the hot fudge to your ice cream sundae – it’s a critical team player.  However, over the last few years, I have really come to recognize that everyone has a different take on what makes a romantic evening, so I will try to provide something for everyone (though, Dad, you’re out of luck – pizza and beer while watching CSPAN is not going to make the cut).

  • The White Barn Inn is basically the epitome of “wining and dining” in Kennebunkport Maine.  Their wine list is more than extensive and their prix fixe menu offers a wine pairing option.  The atmosphere, while very formal, is certainly intimate
    Lamb Chops at a romantic Kennebunkport Maine restaurant

    Luscious lamb chops at Joshua's!

    with cozy tables, low lights, deep colors, and lots of candles.  But gents, if you aren’t comfortable in a jacket, pass on this one, as they are required.

  • On the Marsh Bistro is an excellent option for visitors looking for romantic Kennebunkport Maine restaurants, but at about half the price of their aforementioned competitor.  The charming dining rooms here overlook the marsh and feature endless nooks for enjoying your evening out with your other half without being distracted by other diners.  If the ocean calls, consider the Cape Arundel Inn, whose vibe is much more airy, but equally as impressive.
  • Joshua’s Restaurant is another wonderful choice, providing some of the freshest cuisine around.  They utilize lots of local and organic ingredients, but the setting in an antique farmhouse with wide plank floors and open hearths make this a no-brainer for romantic dining.
  • Sometimes, though, your evening for two just means a night out with excellent food and an atmosphere conducive for eye-gazing and quiet whispering.  If that’s the case, check out Bandaloop Restaurant and Grissini (where I am particularly fond of the atmosphere in their lower level) – plus, both are just a hop, skip, and a jump from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.
  • Don’t want the night to end?  Consider capping it off with a stop at Old Vines Wine Bar, which offers delectable tapas style dishes and an extensive wine list.  The vibe is amazing and definitely right on the mark when it comes to setting the mood for a romantic getaway.

While any one of these incredible Kennebunkport Maine Restaurants would be ideal for a romantic evening, this list was certainly not exhaustive.  So get out and explore the awesome options in the area and get crackin’ on your Valentine’s getaway plans!

Kennebunkport Maine Welcomes Tia's Topside

October 8th, 2011 by avadmin

As you already know, Kennebunkport Maine is a fantastic destination, especially for people who enjoy dining, but Tia’s Topside is certainly a welcome addition to the culinary scene.  Each morning on my way to our Kennebunkport Bed and BreakfastI pass through Lower Village Kennebunk, which has featured a rather delapitdated building on a hill overlooking the water.  Long empty, we have been waiting for someone to restore the

Tia's Topside Kennebunkport Maine

Tia's Topside, a new Kennebunkport fave!

facade to its original splendor, and the wait is finally over!
Work began late this past summer and continued at a frenetic pace, culminating in its grand opening last Saturday night.  The cold, damp weather couldn’t even keep visitors away!  A fire blazed on the patio and patrons filled the enclosed porch, spilling down its enormous granite steps – you couldn’t help but notice as you passed through Kennebunkport Maine.  Though we usually wait a little while before testing out a new Kennebunkport restaurant, giving them some time to get their bearings, the need for a nice spot for “lunner” arose this week, so we decided to check out Tia’s Topside.  Even at 4:30, the stone fire pit was burning (big points for ambiance!) to welcome us inside.  Since we were noshing at a rather unusual hour, the dining room was basically empty, allowing us to take in the beautiful new decor.  Light airy colors are accented with deep ocean blue hues, and understated original works of art hang on the walls.  Though not broken in yet, the elegant wooden bar illustrated the great care with which this renovation was completed.
The entirely new staff was decidedly uncomfortable with their menu, but was happy to venture into the kitchen to have any and every question answered.  With such a large and varied menu, it would take me a long while to get acquainted with it too!  There really is something for everyone at Tia’s – from sushi and salads to raw oysters and old fashioned lobsters.  We were warned from the start that the portions were large, so we decided on their Topsider salad (basically their house), clam chowder, and a basket of fries.  The salads arrived looking stunning. Fresh baby spinach leaves glistened with just the right amount of maple balsamic vinaigrette, topped with mild goat cheese, walnuts, and grilled pears – absolutely delightful!  The chowder was the perfect consistency, neither too thin, nor too gloppy, and the french fries were out of this world!  They even left just a hint of skin on so you knew they were real – no pressed potato filler here.  And they glimmered with flakes of kosher salt, just to my liking (but if you aren’t a fan of super salty fries, ask them to go easy).
Bottom line, if you are looking for nice atmosphere that is an easy walk from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, Tia’s Topside is a great new destination.  The menu has something for everyone and isn’t too pricey. And as far as I can tell, the only downside is that you can only really see the water from the porch (but fortunately they have heaters and plastic enclosures so you will be able to enjoy it for longer.  Definitely a new hit!

A Kennebunkport Maine Clam Chowder Tasting

September 6th, 2011 by avadmin

There are two things that nearly everyone tastes while visiting Kennebunkport Maine – lobster and clam chowder (my apologies to the folks with shellfish allergies).  And while most people agree on what makes a good lobster, there is much dissension when it comes to chowdah.  Some like it thick, others prefer thin.  Some want lots of potatoes, while

Gran's Chowder House Kennebunkport Maine

Gran's was voted Best Chowder in Kennebunkport this year - now you decide!

others would rather pass.  There are the bacon fans and those who think it belongs on a burger.  Even within my own family, we can’t agree.  So instead of declaring who’s got the best around, here’s the scoop (or spoonful) on the recent favorites of guests at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast:

  • Gran’s Chowder House: This teeny take-out spot is a great spot for lunch, offering quiches, paninis, wraps and ‘wiches, alongside her famous pies and chowder.  Though I haven’t tried the corn variety, the New England Clam Chowder is excellent (and earns bonus points for being gluten free).  This year Gran’s was voted the best chowder in Kennebunkport, but as it is not thickened with flour, it is on the thin side.  As for the potato/clam ratio, there are approximately equal parts, and both are cooked perfectly.  The potatoes aren’t mushy and the clams aren’t too chewy (leaving no mouth full of rubber feeling).  For me, it’s pretty darn close to perfection, but to each their own!
  • Out in Cape Porpoise, Pier 77‘s signature clam chowder has a distinctly potatoey flavor (I assume they puree some to aid in thickness), but despite being thickened with flour, does not cling tightly to your spoon as some do (keep looking if gloppy is your thing).  But even if potatoes aren’t your fave, the views of Cape Porpoise Harbor and Goat Island Light are sure to bring you around.
  • Thick chowder lovers, don’t despair!  Despite the trend of restaurants, including many of those in Kennebunkport Maine, churning out gluten free options, staples like Mabel’s Lobster Claw and Alisson’s Restaurant have kept with tradition.  Their thick, ivory versions both offer slightly more potatoes to clams, but the recipe sticks to your spoon, requiring that extra lick to savor the last morsel!

    Clam chowder at Federal Jack's Kennebunkport Maine

    The new gluten free chowder at Federal Jack's

  • Federal Jack’s Brew Pub also offers a gluten free clam chowder, which definitely feels and tastes different from their old recipe.  Returning patrons might be surprised by the color and consistency, as both have changed. Instead of the previous snowy-white version, their new concoction trends toward the tan, while the famously viscous blend has thinned, but certainly not to a soup.  Though Fed’s chowder is saltier than some, it definitely goes heavier on the clams (though small), with slightly more clams than ‘taters.
  • Sadly, the chowder at Cape Pier Chowder House isn’t gluten free, but it reportedly features the highest proportion of clams to potatoes around.  Just barely off-white, their blend is thick (but not borderline pudding-like) but doesn’t overwhelm you with flour flavor.

Fortunately for my family (and, of course, visitors to Kennebunkport Maine), there are oodles of options when it comes chowdah.  So next time it’s your turn to decide – so slurp, slip, or spoon to your heart’s content!

Enjoying a Waterfront Lunch in Kennebunkport Maine

September 2nd, 2011 by avadmin

Sometimes it is hard to believe that in the seaside village of Kennebunkport Maine, there are only a handful of waterfront restaurants.  But for many, sitting on the water and enjoying a good meal is an absolute must – a deal breaker even! As usual, we’ve got you covered, no matter what style restaurant strikes your fancy.

Kennebunkport Maine marina image

A calm day at the marina in Kennebunkport Maine

Looking for casual?  Federal Jack’s sits just a short walk from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast and in close proximity to the beach (a perfect midway stop to or from).  Perched on the second floor, directly above the Kennebunkport Brewing Company and towering over the marina, Fed’s offers great views of the calm river flows and the gorgeous boats moored there.  In the warmer weather, patrons can choose to eat on the porch, which allows even better views of the water.  A short drive (or bike ride) outside of town will bring you to the working pier in Cape Porpoise.  Situated on what is perhaps the most ideal piece of property for a restaurant, Cape Pier Chowder House serves the basics.  Though items like hot dogs and grilled salmon grace the menu, steamed lobster and fried fish keep guests coming back for more.  Make sure you’re prepared for super casual, as this dig is “take-a-number” style, with picnic benches on a deck over the water that they would prefer for you to bus yourself.
If that doesn’t sound quite your speed, the Arundel Wharf Restaurant maintains the more casual atmosphere paired with a more extensive (and varied) menu.  The view again is of the river, but looks out upon the Franciscan Monastery, providing a tranquil scene, which sharply contrasts the shiny yachts and motor boats in the the nearby marinas. The Ramp at Pier 77 offers truly unique views of the Cape Porpoise Harbor, as the water laps the side of the building just a few feet below your seat.  Because their kitchen services Pier 77 above, a more upscale dining spot, the food quality is excellent.  Though not quite “fine dining,” as tables lack linens and servers take on casual dress and attitude, Pier 77 offers high quality meals and stellar sights.  The private dining room on the second floor (great for private functions or larger groups) has a gorgeous views of Goat Island Lighthouse.
For fine dining, however, you have two excellent options.  Stripers Restaurant overlooks the mouth of the Kennebunk River as it meets the Atlantic, and while its menu features standbys like burgers and lobster rolls, you have the option of more fanciful creations.  The Cape Arundel Inn, new to lunch service this year, sits high above the crashing surf and overlooks the Bush property.  Though I have yet to personally enjoy their midday service, I have the utmost confidence that lunch is every bit as delectable and indulgent as dinner.  Plus, during the day you won’t have to worry about chasing the light or losing your view!
So no matter where you spend your day in Kennebunkport Maine or what sort of dining you are looking to do, you are sure to find the idea waterfront location for lunch!  Bon Appetit!

Date Night: Kennebunkport Dining With (out) Kids

August 2nd, 2011 by avadmin

As a Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast that welcomes families, we understand that dining with kids is usually very different than eating out as a couple.  In the morning adventurous kiddos can enjoy our gourmet breakfast daily, or they can opt for cereal (yes, we even have Lucky Charms!).  And lunches at the beach are flexible enough to satisfy

Federal Jack's Kennebunkport

A view from the deck at Federal Jack's

even the fussiest of eaters.  Dinner, however, is another matter.  Fortunately, Kennebunkport Maine offers a plethora of family-friendly restaurants.
So if you’re looking to nosh with the little ones, Federal Jack’s Brew Pub and Alisson’s Restaurants are super casual digs within stroller walking distance of our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast.  For food with a view that’s a step up and walkable for even the teeniest of tots, check out the Arundel Wharf Restaurant.  When reservations are a must (especially with a large party) so your kids won’t have to wait too long for dinner, Lucas on 9 is an excellent choice. Plus, it is just down the road from Goose Rocks Dairy, the best spot for homemade ice cream in Kennebunkport. Lobster

Clay Hill Farm Ogunquit

A glimpse at the gardens at Clay Hill Farm

lovers will get a kick out of Nunan’s Lobster Hut, but don’t let that steer you away – hot dogs, PB&J, and grilled cheese are always available.  While not all children will enjoy the fusion style menu at Bandaloop, their macaroni and cheese has nearly universal appeal, allowing Mom and Dad to indulge in a great meal without alienating their tykes.
But every so often the idea of a dinner out without the little ones is incredibly appealing.  Fortunately, Clay Hill Farm Restaurant in Ogunquit has the perfect solution – Date Night!  Each Tuesday you can make your dinner reservation for 5:30, and enjoy a romantic dinner for two in a spectacular setting.  Your kids will be fed dinner and entertained on their Veranda with crafts and a movie until 8 pm.  For just $5 per child, it’s cheaper (and more convenient) than finding a babysitter.  Now if only they would brush their teeth and put them to bed too!

Farm to Table Dining in Kennebunkport Maine

July 9th, 2011 by avadmin

Before Farm-To-Table dining became the new “it” thing for restaurants, several Kennebunkport Maine restaurants offered this to their patrons.  Just down the street from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast lies Bandaloop, a small, slightly funky restaurant that focuses on utilizing local ingredients and organic products.  Their menu changes regularly so as to accommodate the freshest seasonal ingredients.  A personal favorite, I could honestly eat at

Bandaloop Restaurant

Even the red door lets you know you're in for a fun, funky dining experience at Bandaloop!

Bandaloop any (and every) night of the week.  Not only is the cuisine good for you and the environment, the preparations are incredibly inventive (when was the last time you had an egg roll with sour port wine and balsamic reduction?).  Plus, you can mix any protein on the menu with any of the signature sauces, so if you’re craving Scott’s caramelized onion gorgonzola cream sauce but aren’t feeling a Maine ribeye, try it on a

Local farms at 50 Local

Today's list of local suppliers at 50 Local

bone-in pork chop or even fried tofu (and yes, he’ll even make it gluten free by coating it in corn starch!).
But if you don’t mind driving to dinner from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, you can hit up 50 Local in downtown Kennebunk, just an 8 minute drive from Kennebunkport Maine.  A relatively recent addition to the dining scene in the area, 50 Local is owned and operated by a native of Kennebunk, and even offers produce raised right here in town!  Considering that there are only two farms (and one is more farmstand than farm), that is quite an achievement!
The restaurant who takes the cake when it comes to Farm-to-Table dining is Joshua’s Restaurant in Wells.  Joshua, the chef, was born and raised in a farming family in Wells that sold organic produce, which, to this day, supplies much of the restaurant’s produce needs.  When the farm cannot sustain the needs of patrons, Joshua and his family use other farmers in the area (organic when possible).  The small set menu allows for and ensures the freshest of ingredients are used, even in their homemade breads and ice creams.  The 6 mile drive from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast is so worth it.
Honestly, the dining options in Kennebunkport Maine (as you probably realize) are terrific, but these three restaurants truly stand out in terms of their commitment to providing patrons with the freshest ingredients grown as nearby as possible.  Our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast shares in this commitment, as we are working on obtaining more local ingredients daily – we’ve even planted an extensive herb garden this year!  But in the meantime, to satisfy the locavore in you, check out 50Local, Bandaloop, and Joshua’s for some incredible meals.