I don’t get to Damariscotta nearly as much as I’d like to – as with many places in Maine. It really has such a great small town/community atmosphere I really should make more of an effort. From Maine Coast Book Shop, ABOCA Beads, Peapod Jewelry to the Damariscotta River Grill, King Eider’s Pub, and Rising Tide Community Market and of course Round Top Ice Cream (which is worth the trip alone) the town is full of great shopping and eating treasures.
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of having lunch at the Damariscotta River Grill for the first time. So good. After having lunch I can see what head chef and co-owner (with his wife Jean) Rick Hirsch was named the 2010 chef of the year by the Maine Restaurant Association. I was there with my friend Sharon who started with Oysters on the Half Shell with a classic mignonette, snappy jalapeno relish and the DRG’s own horseradish sauce. Then she ordered the Goat Cheese Salad with Mesclun greens, glazed pecans, apple chutney and a balsamic syrup – it looked delicious. I had the Duck Confit Salad – warmed duck confit, dried cherries, baby spinach with a honey white balsamic & pumpkin vinaigrette, toasted pumpkin seed and sweet potato confetti. When our server asked how it was my reply was “So good. Every bite hit the spot.” I could have eaten that salad 5 times over.
I wish I had more time that day to spend in town but unfortunately it wasn’t in the cards. It did however serve as a great reminder that just a half hour down the road is a great place to visit for the day – and with Christmas just around the corner a little day trip may be just what’s in the cards – and perhaps another Duck Confit Salad 🙂