'Maine' on Serious Eats

Considering the Lobsterman: Welcome to Lobstering School, and How to Use Maine Lobsters

The second in our series exploring the the Maine lobstering industry, from the firsthand account of an author who spent her summer aboard a lobster boat in Port Clyde. What she learned about the lobstering and lobstermen may change the way you look at the crustacean forever. Today: learning about the physical realities of life on the boat, and five essentials tips for using Maine lobsters. More

Kittery, ME: Must-Haves at The Black Birch

When I went to Black Birch for the first time last week, I didn't know how I'd missed it for so long. It's what every neighborhood restaurant should be: low-key, cheery, and reasonably priced with food that's well-executed and imaginative but not flashy; a great beer list; and fun cocktails. More

A Sandwich a Day: Corned Beef Tongue Reuben Panino at Duckfat in Portland, Maine

Duckfat in Portland is a small sandwich shop with some incredible panini options, making it tough for someone flying solo for lunch. Given the restaurant's name, duck confit with napa cabbage slaw, cilantro, and spicy mayo tempted me, but ultimately I went for the Corned Beef Tongue Reuben Panino with marinated cabbage, Swiss cheese, and Thousand Island dressing. And no stop at Duckfat is complete without an order of the duckfat-fried fries. More

Portland, ME: The Healthier Side of Duckfat

Duck fat-fried fries and doughnut holes. Duck confit. Poutine with duck gravy and, if you want, a fried duck egg. Suffice it to say, Duckfat in Portland, Maine, has become a destination for all things anti-diet. That's not to say fried food is all the Old Port cafe offers, but it's what they take most seriously and what they've always done best. Lately, however, the menu's grown, attracting patrons looking for both guilty and (relatively) guiltless pleasures alike. I went in for the latter. More

Waterville, ME: Pad Thai Too's Legendary Dumplings

Pad Thai Too fed me more than any other Waterville kitchen during college—maybe even more than the dining hall. Everybody had their go-to dish, be it the drunken noodles, the excellent curries, or the namesake (and really well-executed) pad Thai, but the order that appeared on almost every table was the fried dumplings. More

College Tours: Where to Eat Near Colby College

Don't be discouraged by the restaurant sign at Exit 127: There's more to Waterville, Maine than Applebee's, McDonald's, and Pizza Hut. Like raspberry pie and hot mulled cider, lobster rolls as big as Philly cheesesteaks, the best apricot jam in New England, tire-sized pumpkin pancakes, and Thai curry to rival any at big-city restaurants. More

Portland, ME: Fore Street's Tomato Tart

This is it: tomato prime time, and I can't help but indulge. Every year I splurge on Sun Golds, snack on open-faced tomato sandwiches slathered with mayonnaise, confit pounds of plum tomatoes—and drip the sweet, ruby-tinted oil over just about everything. And I always make a reservation at Fore Street, because their tomato tart, a long-running seasonal special, is one of my all-time favorite tomato dishes. More

Fast-Food Lobster Rolls: Can They Be Any Good?

National and local chains roll out their versions of the lobster roll. It's a bold choice; lobster meat needs to be served reasonably soon after it's been cooked, and it is subject to some cost fluctuations over the course of the season. So which big chains are serving up mass-market lobster rolls? Are they anywhere close to those served at our favorite roadside Maine seafood shacks? Turns out, one is. More

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