Blog :: 03-2021

Kittery Maine Restaurants - Looking Forward to 2021!

 

 

Williams Realty Partners realtor Halley Smith doesn't just know the Kittery Maine real estate market, she also knows the restaurants in Kittery from an inside vantage point.

Halley's husband Jake is the executive chef and co-owner of one of the many outstanding dining choices in the area, The Black Birch, as well as Chapel & Main in nearby Dover, NH.

This dynamic husband-and-wife pair of foodies are both enthusiastic supporters of the Kittery dining scene and their fellow local restaurant owners.

Anticipating a happily busy spring and summer after the severe emotional and financial stress on restaurant owners from last year’s pandemic, we checked in with Halley and Jake for the inside scoop on some of their favorite restaurants in Kittery as they prepare for 2021.

Halley says to make a full day experiencing Kittery, try the abundance of Thrift/Consignment shops and funky little boutiques along Route 1A on the way into Kittery Foreside before or after lunch or dinner.

Another fun thing Halley does with the kids in the summer is go out to eat at "daddy restaurant” (The Black Birch)  and then walk or bike across the Memorial Bridge to Portsmouth New Hampshire's beautiful Prescott Park, where there are often concerts and theater programs. The kids (and grown ups too) get a kick out of this adventure - eat in one state, catch a concert in another one later on!

By no means is this a complete list. In fact, Halley says there are so many more Kittery Maine restaurants to review that we're calling this Part 1 - Kittery Foreside! Stay tuned for Part 2...and as always, check ahead with each restaurant for a schedule of times/days. 

Check out homes for sale in Kittery Maine, or give Halley a call at 1-207-332-4794!

 

KITTERY FORESIDE

The Black Birch, 2 Government Street, Kittery Maine

Start with the deviled eggs, then move on to the duck poutine and an ever-evolving menu that showcases local farms and seasonal varieties. With an art gallery next door, 24 beers on tap, a modern take on classic cocktails and a curated collection of records that are always spinning, The Black Birch is always a great dinner experience!

 

Festina Lente, 1 Government Street, Kittery Mainefestina-lente-kittery-maine-restaurants

In Italian, Festina Lente translates loosely to "make haste slowly". Chef/owner Sam Ostrow absolutely embodies Italian cuisine and culture. His rustic Italian menu merges simplicity with elegance in a very special way with an emphasis on making guests feel right at home (if your home includes superbly handcrafted Italian food, delicious Italian wines and skilled servers to wait on you, that is).

 

 

Tulsi, 20 Walker Street, Kittery Maine

Chef Rajesh Mandekar showcases his native northern Indian cuisine at Tulsi, which has rightfully earned a reputation for some of the finest Indian cuisine on the Seacoast. You'll find me in line at Tulsi's Sunday buffet just as soon as it's safe for them to begin again!

 

The Corner Pub, 4 Wallingford Square, Kittery Maine

Recently reimagined, yet still a classic. The Corner Pub offers great pub food, COLD beer, Frito Pie, pool tables and darts. Always a great time!

 

Lil's Cafe, 7 Wallingford Square #106, Kittery Maine

Lil’s Cafe is a staple among the restaurants in Kittery. Grab something from the bakery and a cup of coffee and sit out on the patio to enjoy the sunshine and breeze off the ocean. Halley takes her kids as a treat after going to the Rice public library just a few steps away; it always makes for a fun family activity. Bonus -- the Maine Squeeze is in located on the same patio with made to order smoothies and fresh juices! Quick, delicious, simple!

 

Anju Noodle Bar & The Wallingford Dram, 7 Wallingford Square, Kittery Maine

Anju is a delicious noodle bar! Big bowls of ramen, pork buns and all kinds of tasty treats, a great stop for lunch or late night.

The Wallingford Dram

Sister restaurant to Anju Noodle Bar, the Dram is a great place for a pre-dinner cocktail or night-cap. Fancy cocktails and a fun speakeasy atmosphere, combined with a menu of sandwiches and funked up hot dogs. 

 

AJ's Wood Grill Pizza, 68 Wallingford Square, Kittery Maine

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According to Halley, AJ's has some of the best buffalo wings around. They are committed to supporting sustainable agriculture, environmental responsibility, and their community as well. With yummy organic pizza dough, gluten-free pizza and toppings, cherry and applewood in the wood-fired grill, and homemade sauces and salad dressings, AJ's offerings are distinctive and tasty!

 

Rudders Public House, 70 Wallingford Square, Kittery Maine

Any time you're looking to catch a beer, a meal and game on TV when you're in Kittery Foreside, head to Rudders. Football Sundays are very popular during the season, and you can always bring man's best friend with you to Rudders. Woof! 

 

Williams Realty Partners of Keller Williams Coastal Realty is the number one Keller Williams Team in New England. WRP is a full service team collaborating to bring buyers and sellers together. With this structure, our agents get to spend their time doing what they do best: working with clients to provide an exceptional experience whether buying or selling a home.

 

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    Walking For Weight Loss - Use This One Easy Tip To Amp Up Your Workout!

     

     

    The days are getting longer, it’s getting warmer, and the beach or mountain trails beckon. If you love to walk for weight loss and general fitness - or hike  - we’ve got a suggestion for you that’ll increase your pace, your calorie burn, and your overall fitness. Pick up a pair of Nordic walking poles!

     

    Not originally created for weight loss, Nordic walking began in Finland as a way for cross-country skiers to keep in shape during the warmer months. As a technique for walking for weight loss, however, it is substantially more effective.

     

    The cardiovascular workout using Nordic walking poles is stronger than without them because it works all major muscle groups, not just the ones in the lower body. Even chest and abdominal muscles are activated during a typical workout.

     

    Recent studies by the Cooper Institute in Dallas showed that Nordic walking burns 20-45% more calories than normal walking and increases oxygen consumption. As an added bonus, Nordic walking is far easier on your joints than jogging or running and you can easily tailor your speed and intensity to suit your own needs.

     

    By using walking poles, you increase your heart rate on average 10-15% more than normal walking. This means you can burn well over 400 calories per hour, much more than normal walking, which only burns around 280. How many calories you burn will be dependent on your pace, whether you're on a smooth surface vs. more rugged terrain, and whether you include hills during your walking session.

     

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    All you need for gear is a pair of comfy walking shoes and walking poles. Nordic walking poles come with rubber tips for walking on asphalt, which can be removed when you want to use the metal tips on the trails. The poles can be purchased as telescoping, so you can easily change the height, or the lighter and stronger one-piece version. 

     

    If you like to socialize while you exercise, then Nordic walking is still a great pick. Many areas have Nordic walking clubs that meet at parks or beaches.

     

    So get yourself a pair of Nordic walking poles and a good friend and give it a whirl right here on Long Sands beach in York, or any of Maine’s fine beaches. Walking for weight loss the Nordic way is efficient, inexpensive, accessible to most people, and fun, darn it.

     

    If you'd like more information about walking for weight loss using Nordic walking poles, visit https://www.americannordicwalking.com/

     

    Williams Realty Partners of Keller Williams Coastal Realty is the number one Keller Williams Team in New England. WRP is a full service team collaborating to bring buyers and sellers together. With this structure, our agents get to spend their time doing what they do best: working with clients to provide an exceptional experience whether buying or selling a home.

     

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    Raised Bed Gardening & Hugelkultur

     

    Outsmart Those Rocks!

    Raised bed gardening is extremely popular right now, particularly in New England, and with very good reason. New England gardeners digging in their yards sometimes feel like they’re not really digging in soil, they’re digging in rocks with a little dirt thrown in to hold it all together.

    Once built, a raised bed or hugelkultur mound (we’ll get to hugelkultur in a moment) placed on top of all those backbreaking stones turns gardening from work to joy.

    Raised bed gardening also hugely increases where you can garden. Heck, you can even build a hip-high container, put all terrain wheels on it and pull it wherever you want!

    But wait, there's more!

    Raised beds also have several other advantages. They drain better and the soil is leraised bed imagess compacted, which makes it easier for roots to grow (just don’t walk in your raised bed!).

    Gardeners aren’t stuck with whatever soil they happen to have in the yard, either. It’s common for gardeners to add topsoil, moisture-retentive compost and other nutrient rich matter to their raised beds, ensuring healthy, high-yielding vegetables or flowers.

    Need another reason to love raised beds?

    In the spring, soil in a raised bed warms faster than the cold, thawing ground. With a raised bed and the addition of a landscape cover over your plants, you can begin the spring growing season early by a month or more, and extend it well into the fall.

    Raised Bed Materials

    There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to raised garden beds. A raised bed can be as practical and homely as a simple heavy-duty black plastic garbage bag filled with soil, or a work of art made out of sculpted cedar that would look right at home at Martha Stewart’s next garden party. They can sit on the ground or be raised up on stilts, which is a godsend to those who love to garden but have some physical limitations.

    Raised bed kits made of wood, plastic, or metal are easy to find at a local Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowe’s or through an online retailer, often under $100. DIY versions include hollowed-out hay bales, pallets, or even a simple mound of soil.

    Hugel-what?

    And that simple mound of soil brings us to hugelkultur.

    Hugel is “hill” in German, and hugelkultur is the practice of cultivating plants on a hill or mound that is composed of layers of decomposing wood, branches, leaves, grass and plant clippings, topped off with soil. The decomposing wood from the logs and branches at the base attract earthworms and other beneficial soil life, which in turn provide aeration and nutrients to the plants grown on the sides of the mound. Decomposing wood is also wonderful for water retention, meaning less watering. Once a hugelkultur mound is built, plants can be grown in that rich environment for years to come with little further effort.

    We hope we’ve convinced you to give raised bed gardening or hugelkultur a try, because they certainly make growing your own vegetables and flowers a heck of a lot easier, and the ways you can use these beds is practically endless.

    For more information about Hugelkultur:

    https://extension.umaine.edu/gardening/2019/09/01/maine-home-garden-news-september-2019/#article-1

     

    Williams Realty Partners of Keller Williams Coastal Realty is the number one Keller Williams Team in New England. WRP is a full service team collaborating to bring buyers and sellers together. With this structure, our agents get to spend their time doing what they do best: working with clients to provide an exceptional experience whether buying or selling a home.

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    Recent Homes Sales for February 2021

     35 Barefoot Cottage Unit 157 in Wells, Maine

     Sold for $220,000

     

     

     

     

     202 Maple Street in North Berwick, Maine

     Sold for $285,000

     

     

     

     

     428 Jug Hill Road in Milton, New Hampshire

     Sold for $260,000

     

     

     

     

     

     90 Blackberry Place in Kittery, Maine

     Sold for $59,000

     

     

     

     

     

     37 Raynes Neck Road in York, Maine

     Sold for $1,795,000

     

     

     

     

     

     17 Carlton Street in York, Maine

     Sold for $350,000

     

     

     

     

     2 Coopers Way in Kittery, Maine

     Sold for $625,000

     

     

     

     

     

     364 Clark Road in Wells, Maine

     Sold for $755,000

     

     

     

     

     

     TBD Wentworth Road in Berwick, Maine

     Sold for $275,000

     

     

     

     

     186 Wells Highland in Wells, Maine

     Sold for $355,000

     

     

     

     

     

     488 Main Street Unit 7 in Ogunquit, Maine

     Sold for $225,250

     

     

     

     

     

     14 Nils Lane in Wells, Maine

     Sold for $1,250,000

     

     

     

     

     

     15 Organug Road in York, Maine

     Sold for $475,000

     

     

     

     

     

     16 Detullio Lane A in Wells, Maine

     Sold for $775,000

     

     

     

     

     

     60 Beech Ridge Road in Eliot, Maine

     Sold for $575,000

     

     

     

     

     

     23 Caswell Drive in Greenland, New Hampshire

     Sold for $535,000

     

     

     

     

     

     165/167 Manson Avenue in Kittery, Maine

     Sold for $376,800

     

     

     

     

     

     377 Diamond Hill Road in Berwick, Maine

     Sold for $250,000

     

     

     

     

     6 Kings Road in York, Maine

     Sold for $925,000

     

     

     

     

     

     116 Shore Road in York, Maine

     Sold for $275,000

     

     

     

     

     

     85 Charlie Loop in Wells, Maine

     Sold for $345,900

     

     

     

     

     

     10 Kirk Street in Sanford, Maine

     Sold for $263,000

     

     

     

     

     

    Williams Realty Partners of Keller Williams Coastal Realty is the number one Keller Williams Team in New England. WRP is a full service team collaborating to bring buyers and sellers together. With this structure, our agents get to spend their time doing what they do best: working with clients to provide an exceptional experience whether buying or selling a home.