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 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.
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