We just spent a few days along the Maine coast in Ogunquit. Other than feasting on lobster rolls for lunch, we wanted to have a nice dinner out, at an 'untouristy,' good restaurant with locally grown produce. Friends recommended a very flashy and expensive place that required sport coats for men, et al, which we nixed. Hey, we're on vacation. We don't need a fancy, urbanized dinner place. :) Then we heard about a low-key place called Joshua's in Wells. We did some research and liked what we heard.
To say it was an exceptional dining experience is an understatement. It was phenomenal! The food, atmosphere and service were on a par with the best dining establishments in Manhattan, London or Paris, but without the formality, "airs," or snobishness of some places. Each and every course that we had was sublime! There was not one false note, not one dish that wasn't perfectly cooked, flavored or seasoned. The combination of ingredients in the various dishes, their textures and tastes was original without being strange, off-putting or weird. Everything just worked. The food was a sensory delight. Service was smoothly professional, proper and unobtrusive. Despite a full house, we were never rushed.
Our only regret is that we don't live closer to Joshua's so that we could go back there again and again, and again...!
If you love good food, then do NOT miss this superb restaurant that is family owned and operated. (The front of the house is overseen by the charming mother of the superb young chef in the kitchen, while we understand that dad does the books and handles the food supplies.)
Lastly, and quite important to us--- and I wish other restaurants did this--- the wine list has a minimal mark-up. Joshua's wants to encourage its patrons to enjoy fine wine with their dinners, rather than price gouging them, as many restaurants do with their wine lists. We had a lovely bottle of sparkling wine from Roderer Vineyards in California's Anderson Valley for a mere $ 32 (I think it was.) That's just a few dollars more than the cost in a local wine shop. There were many other similarly well-priced selections on a well-thoughtout list.
Do not miss Joshua's, a truly exceptional restaurant!
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