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Pentagoet Inn, Main Street, Castine.
International accents prevail at this venerable inn, acquired in 2000 by Jack Burke. who had worked with the United Nations in Africa for twenty years, and his wife, Julie Van de Graaf, who founded a leading pastry shop and café in Philadelphia. Her culinary background inspired the reopening of the inn’s restaurant. Dinner is served in two dining rooms with floral paintings on deep rose walls and on the wraparound veranda furnished in wicker and enveloped in flowers spilling from window boxes. Julie’s autumn menu opened with onion soup gratinée, mussels steamed in wine and garlic, and sautéed crab cakes with rémoulade sauce. Entrées ranged from calvados-flavored lobster and scallop pie to sautéed filet mignon in a cognac-mustard cream sauce. Bouillabaisse, grilled salmon in a dill véloute sauce and roasted pork tenderloin with porcini mushroom sauce were other options. Desserts were delicate and refreshing: plum crisp with vanilla ice cream, double chocolate torte with espresso cream and berry tarts with mascarpone cream. Guests like to adjourn for an after-dinner drink in the old-world Passports Pub, which Jack converted from the Victorian library. It’s full of foreign memorabilia and conversation pieces.