Sit at the bar to watch chef Brian Hill (a 2009 James Beard Award semifinalist) at work in the open kitchen at Francine, a 48-seat bistro known for its seafood. The menu changes daily and is assembled from coastal Maine ingredients, like the sauerkraut from nearby Morse’s atop a taleggio and kielbasa pizza.
Join the early morning rush at Camden Deli alongside Camden’s graying intelligentsia, a Kaffeeklatsch of snow-boot-clad country gentlemen who fuel up on crab-melt omelettes and muffins before tossing a coin to see who pays. Look for resident Pulitzer-winning writer Richard Russo in the coveted window seat.
Gorge at Midcoast Maine’s newest agricultural experiment, Farmers Fare, a Maine-centric marketplace with a model farm out back. Sample local blueberry vinegar, applewood smoked salt, Longfellow’s Creamery cheese, and burgers made with native beef at the market café.