MAINE: ALL OF THE RESTAURANTS PICKED BY ANTHONY BOURDAIN ON NO RESERVATIONS

When Anthony Bourdain visited Maine on his show No Reservations, he and his crew picked many restaurants. Here are all the addresses and the dishes showcased on Anthony Bourdain Maine, all in a convenient list. These can be great places to take breaks at as you go through different Stephen King locations in Maine.

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DISH – Steamed Clams

WHAT IS IT?

Steamed clams refer to the different styles of cooking clams through steaming. In Maine, steamer clams refer to soft-shell clams usually prepared through steaming.

WHERE IS IT?

Js Oyster
5 Portland Pier
Portland, ME

NOTES – Anthony Bourdain Maine

Js Oyster is well-known in Portland for its raw shellfish and cold beer. It also serves other coastal classics, like steamer clams.

DISH – Maine Shrimp

WHAT IS IT?

Maine shrimp, also known as Northern shrimp, are small pink shrimps typically found in the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean. Northern shrimp can also be found in the northern Pacific and Arctic oceans.

WHERE IS IT?

Street & Co
33 Wharf St
Portland, ME

NOTES – Anthony Bourdain Maine

At Street & Co, Anthony Bourdain enjoyed fresh seafood dishes, starting with Maine shrimp with olive oil and lime. He was also treated to a dish of monk fish (including its liver), sautéed leeks and red pepper. His meal was topped off with a cuttlefish dish that he really enjoyed.

DISH – Pork

WHAT IS IT?

In the culinary world, pork refers to the meat of domestic pigs. Pork can be prepared in various ways. It can be cured, grilled, smoked, fried, braised or stewed to name a few. There are also soups that feature pork. In the US, smoked pork rib chops are quite popular.

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WHERE IS IT?

Primo Restaurant
2 Main St
Rockland, ME

NOTES – Anthony Bourdain Maine

Primo is an upscale restaurant set in a Victorian mansion in Rockland, Maine. Most of the ingredients are raised or grown within the premises and the rest are sourced locally. Here, Anthony Bourdain was treated to a pork feast, starting with pea soup flecked with smoked ham hock and pig’s ear salad. The starter was followed by a farmer’s salad with bacon and poached egg. He also sampled homemade pork pâté, Mortadella, capicola, and Merguez sausage with bourbon mustard and cider mustard. He then enjoyed pork rillettes with quail egg in cider mustard before moving on to foie gras and panettone (Italian Christmas bread). The meal culminated with lightly smoked pork rib chop.

DISH – Seafood and Garlic

WHAT IS IT?

Garlic is typically used to bring additional flavor to seafood. When one speaks of seafood and garlic, a simple yet delectable dish comes to mind. In Maine, practically any seafood goes with garlic. Examples include diver scallops and garlic, steamed mussels with garlic and tomato sauce, and large portions of halibut cooked simply with garlic. Octopus can also be cooked with lemon, garlic and butter.

WHERE IS IT?

Conte’s 1894 Restaurant
148 S Main St
Rockland, ME

NOTES – Anthony Bourdain Maine

Conte’s was best known for its ramshackle setting in the Rockland waterfront area before it transferred to its Main Street location in 2010. It permanently closed its doors in 2015. When Anthony Bourdain visited its waterfront location, he made it a point to try the Maine lobster, however cliché it sounded.

DISH – Barbecue Ribs – Anthony Bourdain Maine

WHAT IS IT?

Ribs are cut from the ribcage of domestic pigs, cattle, lamb and other grazing animals. They are then prepared through grilling, smoking or baking and served with barbecue sauce.

WHERE IS IT?

Spring Creek Bar-B-Q
26 Greenville Rd
Monson, ME

NOTES – Anthony Bourdain Maine

When Anthony Bourdain visited Spring Creek Bar-B-Q, it was still a mom and pop barbecue shop operating out of two old railroad cars. It was located in the middle of a snowmobile trail from Milo, Maine. Here, Tony had his fill of barbecue prime rib and short ribs.

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