I may be prejudiced. I live in Rockport, Maine. It does have a beautiful harbor, a world class music program with Bay Chamber Concerts, and one of Maine's best wine shops (RAYR). We are lucky in a village of only 2800 people -- it also has Shepherd's Pie, our local bistro. It sports a talented chef, a creative bartender and quick, attentive service. The menu changes frequently with seasonal specials from the sea and nearby farmers. It also offers a regular menu to choose from an array of well thought out appetizers, small plates, main dishes and desserts. Wines by the glass change with the seasons but they always offer better than average house wines at very reasonable prices.
Dinner at Shepherd's Pie is fun. It's not quiet -- though you can ask for a table in the (quieter) back where you can also watch the line chefs do their magic. Better yet, return during the winter season when the pace of life slows a bit but the food tastes just as good. At times in summer there can be a line waiting for seats. Don't panic, it moves quickly and drinks are available if desired. It's not a bad way to meet people. We often sit at the bar where the full menu is available and the fun factor often greater.
We've been there more than 100 times so we have tried everything on the menu. What more can one say than we are still surprised by the specials and thrilled with the quality of the standfast dishes. Don't miss the fried onion rings. And the cheeseburger with frites. Might sound pedestrian, but they're not. Even the mustard is brilliant. Their steaks are tops, chicken and duck dishes just excellent (my favorites), black beans and rice -- wow -- seasonal squid or mackerel or fish & chips all creatively prepared. Ask the bartender if he has any interesting wines for your dinner. He does.
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