Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 60
On the Table
Clockwise from left:
Shack and its star
Vita's Rose Lowell,
and radishes with
citrus and honey
Midcoast with the Most
On a gourmet Maine road trip, your tank is always half full.
BY ADAM ERACE PHOTOGRAPHY BY GRETA RYBUS
V I RT U O S O L I F E
SK A GROUP OF MAINERS
to define Midcoast, and
you'll get different answers.
"As soon as you get north of
Freeport and you feel like you're no
longer close to Portland," says one.
"Personally, around Brunswick to
Belfast or Searsport," says another.
Although the exact poles vary from
local to local, Midcoast Maine exists
somewhere north of Portland and
south of Bangor - as well as in the
imaginations of those who have never
been to Maine but imagine what
Maine might be: wooded islands,
red barns and regatta-ready harbors, lakes hidden like sapphires in
fragrant pine forests, and lobster, of
course. But in this central part of the
state you'll also find brilliant Thai
food, crusty Montreal-style bagels,
and pop-up pizzerias from Tuscan
nomads. So steer off I-95 and onto
coastal Route 1: The back way adds
more than an hour to the drive, but
you'll need the extra time to eat.
This road trip begins in Portland,
which, as the aforementioned locals have established, is not technically Midcoast. But most Midcoast
visitors inevitably take in the state's
largest city and its electric food scene.
"Luck and timing" have something to do with it, says Maine food