Delicious afternoon in Portland (really Cape Elizabeth)

August 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Yesterday we drove down to Portland so that I could get my hair cut (I know, TMI) and so Robert could visit his favorite Italian market, Micucci. Since it’s an hour drive, we decided to have dinner “in town.” I guess we’re really becoming country people when a trip to town becomes a major outing. Some neighbors had recently raved about The Well at Jordans Farm in Cape Elizabeth. It’s about 8 miles from the Old Port. We started with an appetizer of a dozen (mediocre) oysters and a few beers (not for the driver) at J’s Oysters and then headed for Cape Elizabeth. As you come around the bend, you see the farm buildings, fields of vegetables and flowers, and this tiny kitchen building.

The Well at Jordans Farm

This is a lovely spot and the food was wonderful. There are four entrée choices and one salad each day. I had the fish; Robert had the steak. There was also a chicken and a vegetarian option. We shared the salad. It’s cash only and you bring your own wine or beer.

Cod with roasted corn and potatoes

Strip loin steak with smashed potatoes and cheesy broccoli

Fresh greens, radishes, green beans, and tomatoes

This is casual fine dining. You walk into the tiny kitchen building and order from one of the two friendly servers.

Placing our order

Grab your bag of bread and then go outside and pick out your picnic table or throw down a blanket on the lawn overlooking the flower garden.

Bread bag

Perfect spot for a picnic

After enjoying your dinner, you can stroll among the flowers in the cutting garden or pick up a few items at the farm stand (they close at 6 p.m.).

Stray cornstalk among the sunflowers

And don’t forget dessert.

Blueberries and strawberries with cream

We give The Well two very enthusiastic thumbs up. We just wish it wasn’t an hour drive home. Of course, to break up the drive we stopped at Fat Boy Drive-in in Brunswick for a frappe (that’s a milkshake to you uninitiated). Correction: I had a black and white frappe and Robert had a fried Maine shrimp dinner (?!). Ah, Maine, the way life should be.


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