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Great meals, grand visages in Castine, Maine

Chef Gina Melita reigns in the kitchen but relaxes in the Passports Pub at Pentagoet Inn, a lively Victorian with a wraparound porch in Castine, ME.

By Sarah Schweitzer, Globe Staff  |  July 30, 2006

Lenin was following us as we moved from the bar to a table under a fat-bladed fan, the Russian revolutionary’s eyes peered out from a portrait and seemed to track our steps. There were others: Queen Victoria, Ghandi, Sadat, Mobutu, Castro, a kaleidoscope, we would learn, of the barkeep’s travels. The bar, with its rattan furniture, lazy fans, and visages of foreign dignitaries, feels more like an expatriate hangout than a genteel inn on the Maine coast.

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