Music on the menu
Add food, wine and jazz to a warm summer night and what you get is a winning combo. There are two great places to enjoy just that in coastal Maine — Stella’s in Castine and The Edge in Lincolnville. At Stella’s, 26 Water St. in Castine, chef and pastry queen Bah (just Bah) whips up a menu featuring lots of local seafood, big, fresh salads and memorable desserts, accompanied by live jazz from 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Farther down the coast, The Edge, on Route 1 in Lincolnville, features a happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, when you can listen to the Bel Isle Trio while choosing from a long list of drink specials and enjoying $1 raw bar oysters. The bar menu is available from 4 p.m. on; The Edge’s incredible dinner menu starts at 5:30 p.m. For more information on both restaurants, visit www.bahsworld.com or www.diningattheedge.com.
Tapas on the horizon
L’Aperitif, a new establishment located at 193 Broad St. in Bangor, will open in the final week of July, bringing one of the hottest crazes in contemporary food to the Queen City: tapas, or small plates. Wildly popular in Europe, and already a staple at Ellsworth eatery Cleonice, tapas cuisine is designed to offer you as small or as large a meal as you wish. Order one or two plates if you’re not too hungry; have four or five if you are. L’Aperitif, run by Wendy and Dennis Price, both central Maine foreign language teachers, will unveil their creation later this month, when they show off the major overhaul they’ve done at the space, formerly the site of the restaurant Opus. Opting for a sleek, modern look, with lots of black, white, glass and leather, L’Aperitif is as much a lounge as it is a restaurant, and will feature a full bar menu and live jazz on the weekends. And the food? Expect a menu bursting with European flavors; Spanish, Moroccan, Greek, Italian, French and even German dishes are planned. L’Aperitif will open after July 20; we’ll keep you posted.
Ale in comparison
Last week we asked you for your picks for this summer’s most refreshing Maine-made beer. Not surprisingly, beers from the Sea Dog and Shipyard breweries topped the list. Brandon Mazer of Windham said Shipyard Summer Ale is his favorite. “Although we haven’t had a lot of great summer days yet, I always throw Shipyard Summer in the cooler when I am plan-ning a day at the lake,” said Mazer. “It is also great when sitting around a bonfire once the sun has set.” Travis Guy of Kenduskeag gave his approval to Sea Dog Bluepaw Blueberry Ale. “[But] for a real treat, I suggest a trip over to Oak Pond Brewery for some Laughing Loon Ale,” said Guy, referring to the Skowhegan-based brewery’s dark, smooth lager. Got any more suggestions for your favorite summer beer — or for your favorite summer cocktails? Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.