The Camden, Maine area is already rich in diverse and excellent dining options. From the Drouthy Bear, an authentic Scottish-style pub offering whiskey tastings and fish and chips, to the creative comfort food at Boynton-McKay, to Asian street food at award-winning Long Grain, to the haute cuisine of Natalie’s at Camden Harbour Inn, there are many options for a great meal.
This fall, we have a few new options to try.
Here in Camden, there’s been a lot of buzz around two new restaurants on Sharp’s Wharf featuring the cuisine of award-winning Boston chef Tim Maslow: Hoxbill and Kurafuto. Maslow is known for his four-star restaurant Ribelle in Brookline, MA.
Occupying the former Atlantica spot on Sharp’s Wharf, Hoxbill now offers casual fine dining in the renovated harborside space. Dinner is served nightly, and lunch is currently served Friday – Sunday starting at 11:00 a.m. Outside, waterfront dining is available when the weather allows. Hoxbill’s reviews on Facebook have been good, and its menu looks tempting!
The adjoining space, to open later this year, is in the process of becoming Kurafuto, a counter-service pub featuring small Japanese plates. (The name Kurafuto means “craft.”) Owner of both Hoxbill and Kurafuto, restaurateur Matt Haskell, is also constructing a microbrewery on the site. Blaze Brewery will serve his two restaurants.
Fans of the former Elm Street Grille’s pizza will be happy to hear that the new restaurant that has just opened in that space, Horsefeather, will continue to feature pizza made by the same chef. Owner Richard Eaton promises “homey” food, including fried seafood and home-made desserts. An added bonus: he plans to be open all winter. Sounds like a great place to bring the family on a chilly fall night.
Read more about Horsefeather in the Pen Bay Pilot.
Just up the road in Belfast, chef and cookbook author Evan Mallett has recently opened Ondine Oyster + Wine Bar in the former Lost Kitchen (and later, Gothic) space downtown. Known for his Portsmouth restaurant Black Trumpet, Mallett will serve sustainably caught fish and locally grown oysters, meat, and vegetables. Open for lunch and dinner, Ondine also offers a Social Hour from 4:00 – 6:00 pm, featuring smaller dishes and discounted oysters, wines, and beer.
Read more about Mallett and his vision for Belfast as a food destination here.
We here at Camden Accommodations have not yet tried any of the above, so consider this post as informational rather than a recommendation. And if you try any of them for yourself, please let us know what you think!