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Midcoast Maine: Invasion of the foodies

New restaurants are popping up from Rockland to Camden and beyond.

Thanks to an influx of former urbanites, the small towns of midcoast Maine have developed an appetite for good food that seems “insatiable,” said Meredith Goad in the Portland, Maine, Press Herald. This new fervor can be felt in restaurants popping up from Rockland to Camden and beyond, offering dining options that range from a five-course tasting menu to a simple Reuben made with “house-corned natural beef” and small-batch sauerkraut. No wonder the “midcoast” possesses a “growing reputation as a great place to eat.”

Paolina’s Way
Camden
Chef Christina Sidoti channels the “spirit of her Italian grandmother” at this alleyway restaurant, where signature pizzas come from a wood-fired oven and the menu changes based on what’s arriving fresh from her nearby farm. 7 Public Landing, (207) 230-0555

Shepherd’s Pie
Rockport
Building on the success of his Camden restaurant, Francine Bistro, chef Brian Hill—a recent James Beard Award nominee—opened this pub-style place in nearby Rockport. It’s “constantly packed with customers.” 18 Central St., (207) 236-8500

Salt Water Farm
Lincolnville
Chef Annemarie Ahearn’s new cooking school holds “Full Moon Suppers” and feasts “created with ingredients grown right on the premises.” 2299 Atlantic Highway, (207) 230-0966

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