Mid-Coast Maine Summer 2020

Many of my favorite restaurants have reduced hours and/or reduced menus and/or are doing takeout only. But, as always in Maine, folks have been incredibly resourceful in responding to new circumstances. My advice is to always check websites/FB before making plans as things seem to evolve constantly.

Up In Smoke BBQ has added Taco Tuesdays (Tuesday 4 to 8) to their Thursday through Saturday lunch hours. Also there is a bunch of new distanced seating but almost all of it is in full sun. The food is as fabulous as ever. (They do not open if it’s really rainy because it’s too hard to keep the pit burning properly. Check FB.)

Home Kitchen Café has some limited outdoor seating and is doing takeout. They have expanded hours (early supper some days) but are still closed on Tuesdays. They have added french fries to the menu for the first time ever!

Café Miranda is doing Pizza on the Street – Friday through Monday evenings you can get a full slab, half slab or quarter slab of wood-fired pizza (each comes with salad) or a handful of pastas, beer or wine, picked up on the street. Order ahead. Very tasty, a quarter slab is two meals for me. They have blocked off part of the street and put out well-distanced picnic tables.

Hazel’s Takeout is open for lunch Monday through Saturday, has distanced picnic tables.

Salty Owl Café is doing curbside bake sale pick-ups Saturdays only, orders must be in by Friday afternoon.

Ancho Honey in Tenant’s Harbor is new this summer with a focus on takeout, very little seating. Tasty limited menu and really good homemade frozen dinners. I was able to do contact-free (as in, never saw anyone) pickup of some of those frozen dinners from them during my “from away” quarantine, by going at an off hour. Was really helpful for my sanity.

Atlantic Baking Company and Rock City Roasters are doing delivery.

The Belfast, Camden and Rockland Farmers Markets are open but with fewer vendors than in the past.

Bleecker & Greer (Maine Street Meats) has reduced hours and is only letting 5 people at a time into the store. You can order ahead and do contact-free pickup.

Beth’s Farm Market is open normal hours (daily, 8 to 6) and has a good set-up. Like all stores they are limiting the number of customers allowed in at a time. I went at 8:30 on a Sunday morning and was literally the only customer in the store. A friend went in the afternoon and found a discouragingly long line. They are still doing the strawberry shortcakes and on weekends the jerk chicken lunches.

I will add more as I experience it.

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Great report. I’m even more thrilled to see you made it to your happy place!

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+1 to what Denise says. Enjoy yourself, young GS.

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Astonishingly, two new places have recently opened. I really want to support them both because their optimism is so touching.

Station 118 BBQ opened on Main Street in Thomaston for takeout and with about 8 distanced tables in their forecourt. I think it’s unlikely that they will replace Up In Smoke BBQ in my heart but they are open on Sundays when the pickings are slim this summer. So I picked up takeout on Sunday to bring to a friend’s to eat 10 feet apart on her porch. I had pulled pork with collards and baked beans, she had shredded brisket with mac n cheese and cornbread. She loved the brisket and mac n cheese and saved the cornbread for breakfast the next day. I thought the pulled pork was very good although not as good as Up In Smoke’s. The collards were good too if a bit stemmy. I did not care for the baked beans or the BBQ sauce because both were very sweet but YMMV and also they had been open a week so they get a pass on anything. I saw a lot of ribs as I waited for my order and they looked great, will definitely return for those. The portion of pulled pork was enormous, by the way, got two sandwiches worth of leftovers from it.

Maine Kebab opened in Waldoboro. I have not yet tried it but their IG is pretty compelling so I will get there soon.

A little more info on Ancho Honey in Tenant’s Harbor. They have a Thursday night (4 to 7) burger special every week that you really have to call ahead for (or get there by 5 at the latest) as it is very popular and they sell out, they have a dinner special every Friday night (4 to 7) and they make fabulous homemade empanadas on Sundays.

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Couple more pics. Wonderful smoked jerk chicken and collards from Ancho Honey:

Chili cheese sausage and handmade onion rings from Hazel’s Takeout, both wonderful and easily enough to share, as was the fish and chips I had another time. Both their fries and their onion rings are best I have found on the Mid-Coast. It is no doubt a good thing work is too busy to allow me to get there during the week.

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This could be my last meal here on earth, and I would pass on as a very contented soul.

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You have no idea, the chili is homemade and completely delicious! Wish we had figured out how to share tastes virtually.

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that looks amazing!

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Got to Maine Kebab. You order online and do contact free pickup. I had the turmeric rice bowl with lamb kofta and sprang for extra white (garlic) sauce and was glad I did - it was delicious! The bowl suffered a bit because an unfortunate series of events meant I didn’t get to eat it for about 90 minutes so everything was tepid instead of nice contrasting hot rice and kebabs and cold salad and sumac onions. Even so it was mighty tasty. There were pistachios in the kebabs. Extremely generous portion, I had leftovers. Will definitely return for more.

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