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Elda | Biddeford, Maine | Eat Maine | Maine magazine

Elda

At first glance, Elda seems to be just the kind of hip restaurant you’d expect in up-and-coming Biddeford: open kitchen, dark gray walls, spare, midcentury modern-inspired furnishings and decor. But, combined with chef-owner Bowman Brown’s inventive, soulful cooking and the … Continue reading

A Cheesemaker’s Next Chapter

I still remember my first taste of really good cheese. As a food-obsessed 11-or 12-year-old, I rode my bike to the small gourmet shop in our Washington, D.C., neighborhood, where I bought a wedge of newly arrived French brie with … Continue reading

Hunker Down

Jason Lorning doesn’t do a lot of sitting still. In the past eight years, the Culinary Institute of America–trained chef and Yarmouth native has opened seven restaurants in Maine. Each has been a different concept, but they share the focus … Continue reading

Long Grain

In early August, Bon Appetit magazine named Portland the 2018 Restaurant City of the Year. It’s a big accolade for Maine’s largest city, which is small by national standards. But, as Mainers and food writers from well beyond the state … Continue reading

A Maine Export Returns Home

On a hot July afternoon at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, cousins Sabin Lomac and Jim Tselikis stand on a sharply sloped boulder at the water’s edge, arms outstretched and wide smiles on their faces. Veterans of many television … Continue reading

Meet You at the Pub

In Britain, the local pub is a no- fuss, come-as-you-are institution where seeing familiar faces is as important as the food and drink. Usually located in charming old buildings and sporting cheeky names like the Mucky Duck and the Nag’s … Continue reading

Growing Community

Walkers Maine in Cape Neddick has a homey feel. Chef Justin Walker tends the wood-fired hearth, feeding it kindling from a pile outside the back door. Baker Matt Jauck, also known as Powder, is in the kitchen preparing the evening’s … Continue reading

Rising Star

On the upper reaches of Congress Street, one of Portland’s newest restaurants has in just seven months become one of its hottest dining destinations. Quietly stylish, with serious talent in the kitchen, Bolster, Snow, and Co. is making its mark … Continue reading

El Camino + Salt Pine Social

Conventional wisdom holds that three is a crowd, but Eloise Humphrey, Daphne Comaskey, and Paul Comaskey are not at all conventional. The trio have spent years together in the restaurant business: 3 years in Northern California and the past 14 in Maine, … Continue reading

Nina June

Today, like most days, Sara Jenkins is kneading pasta dough in the kitchen of her Rockport restaurant, Nīna June. While she works the dough to a smooth consistency, she tells the story of the wheat harvest in the Tuscan village … Continue reading