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You may know Castine as home to the Maine Maritime Academy, as a coastal literary mecca for writers like Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Hardwick, and Mary McCarthy, or as the site of the Revolutionary War’s Penobscot Expedition (America’s worst naval defeat until Pearl Harbor). But are you familiar with the town's diverse gastronomic offerings?
Most of Castine’s dining establishments line Main Street, and you can find anything on the spectrum from Hawaiian pancakes to barbecued lasagna in the span of a day. This hidden gem on Penobscot Bay is worth exploring, particularly in the summer and early fall, one haddock sandwich at a time.
Pentagoet Inn & Restaurant
If you’re dining with a party of three or four, ask to sit in a booth at this Victorian B&B’s Baron Pub and Wine Bar, a dimly lit, salon-style gallery showcasing portraits of world leaders, maniacal and otherwise. Drink a transfixing blueberry bellini at the small oak bar, and enjoy fried oysters and short ribs amidst the Castro cartoons and political figurines.