After the winter we’ve had this year it’s hard to believe Spring has finally sprung! Although there are still piles of snow dotting our property, our tulips are poking their finery out of the ground and the rhubarb looks eager to grow also.
In celebration, or maybe just by chance, I’ve been celebrating the onset of warmer weather by indulging in a festival of food at our locally owned restaurants.
It started at Graziano’s in Lisbon. A woman friend and I decided we needed a night out and chose to tantalize our tongues with Chef Joey’s wonderful Italian fare. I had my usual Veal Genovese — the leftovers were incredibly good for brunch the next day!
Then another group of women friends and I got together to celebrate one of our birthdays at the Village Inn across the bridge in Auburn. Seafood is fresh and amazing there. My baked haddock topped with crabmeat stuffing melted in my mouth.
The next indulgence was with a colleague in promoting the L/A area at Fishbones for lunch. The atmosphere is “restored old mill” and the service is perfection. Their flatbread is crisp and topped with adventuresome ingredients–mine were smoked mussels, lobster, roasted corn and, of course, cheese.
And then I took my 88 year old mother to Mac’s Grill, famous for it’s Western steer beef cuts and “cowboy” decor. Ma had a “Mini Mac” steak and I had salmon with a dill cream sauce–perfectly prepared despite Mac’s being a steak joint!
The “piece de resistance” was dinner at Fuel just a couple of days ago. A friend came to visit for the weekend and the “Ware Street Inn Gang” got together to celebrate her visit. Fuel is THE restaurant to go to for the best of the best. Each of the 5 of us had a different dish or combination of dishes and each was fabulous right down to the dessert. Their menu is unique yet pleasing to everyone. Our visiting friend, Sally, had Coq au Vin and managed to stretch it to have for dinner upon her return home.
If you want to check these excellent local food fiestas out more closely, go to the Concierge page of our website and discover their links.
I think I’ll go to the Chick-a-Dee of Lewiston this noon for one of their wonderful lobster rolls……..ahhhh, food is bliss!
Jan – The Innkeeper