Sammy’s Deluxe

Sammy’s Deluxe had me at corndogs. My companion and I arrive for our reservation at the tail end of happy hour—when these snacks on a stick are offered at the bar—and order two with the excitement of stock traders getting … Continue reading

The Buxton Common

On a bleak late-December evening, the old farmhouse near the intersection of Routes 22 and 202 in Buxton glows invitingly from within, telling me even before I see the handsome gold-lettered sign on the front lawn that we’ve arrived at the … Continue reading

Elda | Biddeford, Maine | Eat Maine | Maine magazine


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

Matterhorn Ski Bar

If I were asked to describe a quintessential American ski bar, my mind would immediately jump to the Matterhorn in Newry. Just off the Sunday River access road, the chocolate brown, chalet-like building with jaunty red trim stands out against … 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