Fine Dining in Maine’s Interior That Doesn’t Get the Attention

Thistle Pig, in South Berwick, Maine. Fine dining OFF the popular coast.
Thistle Pig, in South Berwick, Maine. Fine dining OFF the popular coast.

Five Off-the-Beaten-Path Restaurants

Dining spots along the coast of Maine get a lot of attention, but the interior has some wonderful gems calling out to foodies. The Coplin Dinner House in the Carrabassett Valley town of Stratton has been serving guests in a converted farmhouse since 2013, drawing skiers from Sugarloaf. Owners Tony Rossi and Heidi Donovan raise their own pigs, goats, and chickens, sourced locally and change the menu daily.

At Thistle Pig in South Berwick, “New England comfort food” holds sway, with local farms providing pork and produce. Then there’s Spring Creek Bar B-Q in Monson, where baby back ribs, pulled pork and mac n’ cheese have been on offer for 17 years. A converted gas station in the heart of Bridgton is home to Standard Gastropub, where 200 crafts beers, wine, and sake are served alongside Belgian-style fries, smoked corn on the cob, veggie burgers, and chicken wings.

Finally there’s Fish Bones American Grill in Lewiston, where oysters, Pineland Farm burgers, wild-caught haddock and vegetarian risotto have raised the dining bar in this city.

 

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