Joe Ricchio

Joe Ricchio

Joe Ricchio is Down East’s food editor.

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.