A couple of months ago I had the opportunity to take a bit of a road trip up to Maine to photograph the Best Restaurants feature for DownEast Magazine. I spent several days traveling to Kittery, Portland and way up north to Rockland and Rockport. After several years of running laps around Boston it was a nice change of pace to head out on the road and see what Maine's foodie scene has to offer.
I started my trip in Kittery at Anju, a great noodle bar tucked away just over the border. When I walked in I saw co-owner Julian Armstrong and quickly realized that I had met him before. Julian used to work at The Black Trumpet Bistro in Portsmouth where one of my friends growing up worked for many years and that I frequented often.
After a wonderful day at Anju I stopped over for the night at my Uncle's farm house in Lebanon before moving on to Portland in the morning.
Next up was my favorite from the list, Outliers Eatery. Everything about Outliers is wonderful. Executive Chef Jonathan Dexter is warm and welcoming, the food is spectacular and the design of the place is breathtaking (the tabletops, oh the tabletops!) Tucked away on a quiet side street in Portland it would be easy to miss, but Outliers is definitely worth searching out.
The last leg of the trip took me several hours north to Rockland and Rockport. Salt Water Farms, open seasonally, is a beautiful restaurant overlooking the water (although I was there on a bone chilling day so it looked over the ice!)
Last up was 3Crow in Rockland. A great spot on the main drag run by Joshua Hixon.