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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Sundays in My Neck of the Woods

How about Lunch at Brian's Bistro in Rumford, Maine?  It's a restaurant with definite Italian leanings in a lovely old building that once was the Harris Hotel, back in the day when paper mills were thriving in the area.  The owners, Brian and Jessica Nichols opened their doors two years ago, at a really shaky time in the area's economy.  But with excellent food and  and caring service, they've managed to grow into a busy community favorite.


To the left of the door, a wall plaque proudly displays the review which appeared in the June issue of Downeast Magazine, along with articles which have appeared in local newspapers.


The dining room gets plenty of light from large windows, and you have a view of the food being prepared in the kitchen.  There is also a full bar.  The lunch menu includes an assortment of paninis, sandwiches and burgers, and we made selections from each.

The Bistro club sandwich is made with your choice of ham, turkey, tuna or roast beef piled high with bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo and a side of onion rings, fries or tortellini salad.  Onion rings and lemonade seemed to make a great combo for this bad boy!


The Tuscan panini was made with grilled chicken, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, provolone cheese and basil pesto, amd was well matched by the tortellini salad.


The Yukon Burger housed a huge hamburger patty rolled in peppercorns, grilled with a shot of bourbon, and finished with melted pepper jack cheese, and went perfectly with the steak fries.  All three sandwiches were accompanied by a crisp, delicious pickle wedge.

We drooled over the scrumptious looking desserts that were carried by our table including cheesecake, tiramisu, and key lime pie, but when push came to shove, our servings had been so generous and filling, there just wasn't any room left in our tummies to "shove" any more in! 


If you want to learn more about Brian's Bistro and see their full lunch and dinner menus as well as more photos, click here to go to their website.


PS. Don't forget to register for my Taste of Heaven in a Jar giveaway! What giveaway, you say? Where have you been? Click here to check that out! And BTW Baconnaise is Kosher, Vegetarian safe, and is available as Baconnaise Light!

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18 comments:

Brian Miller said...

mmmm...between the panini's and those onion rings...i wanna go~!

Mesina said...

I adore panini's. That food looks amazing, now I'm hungry!!! I blame you Eva. xx

gayle said...

Yum!! That food looks so good!!

R. J. said...

Your neck of the woods has some interesting restaurants.Unique restaurants are great and give us a chance to adventure into new territory, but when out of town, the familiar chain restaurants can be very comfortable.

Tara R. said...

Those sandwiches are huge! And, look delicious. I much prefer to dine at local, home-owned cafes and restaurants too.

natalee said...

omg that tuscon panini looked amazng!!!!

Rose said...

looks like a good place to eat. the sizes of those meals could feed a big woman like myself. Rose

Joanna Jenkins said...

That mile-high club sandwich looks fabulous! I'm a big fan of "local" restaurants and try to support them as often as I can. I'm glad this restaurant is doing well.

Thanks for sharing. Happy SIMC,
jj

Cinnamon Girl said...

What delicious food Eva! I really love the looks of the panini and the burger!

Pat said...

You're right - all those sandwiches looked delicious! Now I'm even more hungry than when I started reading this post!

Unknown Mami said...

I can never resist a club sandwich.

Lynn said...

Oh, that panini looks delicious. I have only made it to Nova Scotia, but not yet to main. That will be my next eastern holiday. I used to live in the Yukon, and that burger would definitely fit right in!

Twincerely,Olga said...

looks great! I want to come and visit!!

Eva Gallant said...

Rose: the servings were definitely generous!

Twincerely: Even better than they look!

Eva Gallant said...

Mesina: I plead guilty as charged!

Kirby3131 said...

Yummy!

Bravo to those folks for opening up a business and serving the community with great service and good food.

Kristin - The Goat

Tam said...

All their food looks delicious...and I especially love a place that appreciates pretty plates too! Adding it to my "Things I Must Do in Maine" list!

Eva Gallant said...

Tam: It didn't just look good, it tasted great!