Since 1990, I have been going between Portland, Maine and the White Mountains on Route 25. To say there is a dearth of good eating is an understatement. Tonight based on a referral we stopped in Cornish, Maine at the Cornish Inn, a small B&B. What a treat.
I had low expectations having just returned from some great dining in New Orleans but was not disappointed. The Chef Owner evidently did a stent at Fore Street in Portland and it shows. The food is both local, not frozen or processed -- rather carefully made from scratch. The chowder was perfect. It was a rich fish stock made in small batches and finished to order with the freshest of fish. It was accompanied with homemade bread infused with herbs from the kitchen garden.
Our dinners came with a garden salad with local greens and apples finished off with a light cider vinaigrette. I opted for the crab cakes which had been dipped in sesame seeds before being pan fried. Delicious. My husband had mussels Provencal. Everything was expertly seasoned. Simple and refreshing.
We didn't have room for dessert but we took two bowls of chowder back with us for tomorrow's lunch. Well worth a stop.
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