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Whether you’re looking for a roadside burger joint or a fine, white tablecloth meal, Camden has it. Here are the five best food experiences in and around the coastal town:
1. Salt Water Farm. Opened by chef Annemarie Ahearn (who previously worked at New York’s Blue Hill restaurant and as Tom Colicchio’s assistant), the 17-acre farm in Lincolnville overlooks Penobscot Bay. For a one-of-a-kind dining experience, sign up for a prix fixe, five-course meal with ingredients freshly picked from the land and sea. In addition to dinners, the farm offers gardening lessons and cooking classes.
2. Boynton-McKay Food Co. Step back in time at Boynton-McKay Food Co. The restaurant is housed in what was once the town’s primary drug store, apothecary and soda fountain. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or coffee with the locals amid the original apothecary tools and bottles.
3. Brass Compass Cafe. This place is a rite of passage for anyone seeking a lobster roll worth writing home about. Home to the famous “King of Clubs” lobster club sandwich, the café captured the attention of Bobby Flay who came to town for the Food Network show “Throwdown”. Flay was no match for owner Lynn Archer, who arrives at the café every morning at 3 a.m. to make her own fresh white bread — the basis for her unstoppable sandwich.
4. Owls Head General Store. Frequented by local fishermen, the general store in Owls Head is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and you can dine inside or out (we suggest taking it to go and eating it by Owls Head Lighthouse for an ocean view). Don’t leave without trying the acclaimed 7-Napkin Burger and the freshly baked rhubarb pie.
5. Cellardoor Winery. Inside a restored 200-year-old post-and-beam barn, the folks at Cellardoor will treat you to a complimentary wine tasting of their locally produced goods. Go on a Sunday afternoon and enjoy food and wine pairings featuring artisanal chocolate and cheeses; or snack on sandwiches and salads, while overlooking the picturesque vineyards and mountains beyond.