Joe Ricchio

Joe Ricchio

Joe Ricchio is Down East’s food editor.

“Cauliflower 65,” fried cauliflower with chutneys.

Tulsi North

Unapologetic in its boldness and, in many dishes, its heat, Tulsi North is an unexpected and exciting addition to Wells’ restaurant scene.

Brahma Grill

Brahma Grill

Brahma Grill is a classic American steakhouse fine-tuned to appeal to a broad clientele. See more from our recent visit.

Oxford House Inn

Oxford House Inn

Oxford House’s ambience hasn’t changed much since the inn opened in 1985, but the cuisine has. Jonathan and Natalie Spak, who bought the place in late 2007, offer contemporary American and Asian-influenced fare.

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Center Lovell Inn

It’s not surprising that Center Lovell Inn, a beautifully restored 1805 Georgian-style farmhouse in rural western Maine, induces a Zen-like serenity in those who visit.

Vena's Fizz House, Portland

Vena’s Fizz House

Vena’s has a relaxing, nostalgic atmosphere, with eclectic fixtures, exposed brick walls, an extensive collection of vintage bar and glassware, and an astonishing display of cocktail enhancers, including more than 170 kinds of bitters.

MK Kitchen, Gorham, Maine, Restaurant

MK Kitchen

With blond wood floors, copper tabletops, sumptuous high-backed leather banquettes, and floor-to-ceiling windows, MK Kitchen has the look and feel of a modern brasserie.