Our Favorite Dishes
Our Top 4 Dishes From Maine Restaurants
There’s absolutely no doubt that one of the best parts about working at Maine Cater is the opportunity to dine out at some of the most amazing restaurants in Maine. We’re lucky that we’ve got lots of connections in the restaurant biz and have no shortage of places to visit.
Although we’re self-proclaimed work-a-holics, and don’t get out as often as we would like, when we do, we make the best of it and sometimes end up ordering one of everything on the menu. Although this usually makes it hard for us to walk out of the restaurant, it allows is a huge list to choose from when it comes to picking favorites. So, we’re going to share some of those fav dishes with you so you can treat yourself to a night out and give them a try yourself!
Central Provisions, Portland
Caramelized Sheep’s Cheese • Peach • Quince Saba • Piment d’Espelette
I have to admit, CP is my #1 restaurant in the whole of Maine. I’m absolutely in love with CP’s vibe, culture, team, and food.
Whenever I talk to chefs that are making a move to Maine, I always recommend they visit CP. The owners, Paige & Chris Gould have been supporters of MC since we launched, and we can’t thank them enough – we love you guys! Everyone knows it takes a team to make a restaurant run like a well-oiled machine, and CP is no exception, but one-man worth noting is CP’s Chef de Cuisine, Eddie Moreau. Although I don’t know Eddie personally, the word on the street is that Eddie is one hell of a chef to work alongside and learn from. If you’re lucky enough to get a seat at the bar and watch the kitchen team in action, you’ll likely see Eddie at the helm, orchestrating a masterful service. Great job, Eddie!
CP’s menu showcases the masterful craft of the kitchen, with many notable dishes to choose from, but one in particular comes to mind, and is to die for – “Caramelized Sheep’s Cheese”. A perfect balance of sweet and savory with the caramelized, creamy, & sharp sheep’s cheese and sweetness of the charred peaches, paired with their floral La Vie en Rose cocktail, this dish shows the importance of keeping it simple, but showcasing quality, local produce.
neighborhood fries • herb dust • parmigiana • garlic aioli
Now, I know this isn’t an actual main-course, and more a side, but let’s face it, everybody loves good fries and we think these are some of the best in the WORLD (for real). These shoe-string fries are coated in a herb & parmigiana dust, with a side of garlic aioli – if you ever visit Belfast, you NEED to order these.
If you’re looking for more of a meal, you’ve gotta try the BBQ Pulled Pork Tostadas with pickled peppers, Sriracha mayo and dirty rice – WOW. Some of the MC team live in Belfast, and we frequently get this combo as a take-out (if we’re ever out of the office in time!). Neighborhood also has some great cocktails - Army/Navy, The Savage Beast, and the Apple Squeeze are all delish.
steak frites • veal demi-glace • wilted spinach • horseradish aioli
Ah, the classic Steak Frites. I consider Steak Frites to be one of my “go-to” dishes whenever I go out, mainly so I can see if the kitchen can actually cook a steak right.
I’ve been to Flux about four times now, and each time I ALWAYS order the Steak Frites. Why? Because they don’t fuck around with it, and it’s easily the best I’ve ever had. The main thing to note here is that it’s consistently on-point! If I visit today, and I know it will be the same quality as I had 3 months back, seriously 10/10. The steak is always cooked a perfect medium-rate, with a flavorful demi-glace, crispy fries, and a nicely balanced horseradish aioli. It’s simple, but it’s done right. I just want to reiterate what I just wrote – it’s done right, old-school.
Flux has a playful menu, with some classic dishes, and some new with interesting twists. What’s important here, is that no matter what you order, it’s always great, and consistent with professional and friendly service. Flux should be on your top 5 restaurants to visit in Maine, period.
northern union, ogunquit
duck & waffles • confit duck • sweet potato waffle • foie-gras maple syrup
I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside the Northern Union team when they used our 86’Relief Team for an additional set of hands during the summer months. NU is pretty unique – not only do they have a beautiful restaurant, extensive wine selection, some of the best cocktails in Maine, and great team, they also have the most amazing owners, and Rome.
“Rome”? Aka, Romann Dumorne the Exec Chef. Although Rome and I only spent a brief period of time together, I don’t think I’ll ever forget this dude. He has to be one of the most hardest working, talented, upbeat, positive, and friendliest chef I have ever worked with in my 14 years of cooking. NU basically hit the gold-mine when they hired him. It’s worth noting he’s a total beast on the line! Alright, enough bromance, what’s the dish in question?
I don’t know if it’s on the menu still, but when I was there, they had a twist on the classic “Chicken & Waffles”; Shredded Duck Confit, Sweet Potato Waffle and a Foie Gras Maple Syrup. This dish was so good, that I had to get a copy of the recipe (I have it in our safe – honestly). I mean, Foie-Gras Maple Syrup?! Who tf thinks of that combo? But it works, it really, really works. The salty, crispy duck, with a delicate and light sweet potato waffle, and the sweet-silky-fatty foie gras maple syrup was literal heaven. A refreshing twist on an old classic.
Oh, and for the love of all things holy, get yourself a cocktail from their Bar Master; Tim Yee. He’s earned the right to be called “the master”. Every shift-drink, he crafted something unique, and off-menu for me and each drink was off the charts good.
The bottom line
Maine is filled with some amazing places to visit, and these are just some of our top picks. Since we’re launching into the whole of New England this year, I think we will have to hit up each state and add more to our favorites list!