In talking about year-end lists over the past week or two here in the newsroom at the BDN, it dawned on us that one of the most scorned parts of social media — people taking pictures of their food — becomes an invaluable resource when trying to figure out your favorite thing you ate. To wit, we polled various staffers about what they loved in 2019, and after a quick memory jog, here are their picks. Happy eating!
Chorizo tamales and horchata at Vazquez Mexican Takeout, Milbridge
Everything about Vazquez Mexican Takeout in Milbridge is great. Waiting in line at the cheerful, boisterous counter. Watching the mix of tourists and locals coming and going in the busy parking lot. And, most importantly, the food. My order is typically two of their delicious, savory tamales — corn masa wrapped in corn husks and steamed — stuffed with homemade chorizo and served with a healthy amount of green salsa. I get a decadent horchata (a sweet, cinnamon-y, rice milk-based drink) to go with it. And I usually steal bites of whatever my dining partner might have. The tostadas and flautas in particular are fantastic. The best Mexican food in Maine is in Washington County. Who knew?
— Emily Burnham, city desk reporter
Bi Bim Bap, Red Curry, Augusta
This past year, I had some really wonderful, memorable meals around Maine. Here in Bangor, Novio’s Lobster Bisque is always a delight, and at The Fiddlehead Restaurant, the duck breast sauerbraten with haluski on the winter menu is perfectly marinated and cooked. Also worth noting: Brunch at Provender Kitchen + Bar in Ellsworth, where the PKB Skillet, a combination of meaty short rib hash, sweet caramelized onions, spicy chorizo, creamy poached eggs and hollandaise, is divine. But my favorite meal was at a hole-in-the-wall place in Augusta called Red Curry. The menu features Thai, Korean and Japanese dishes. I was excited to find Bi Bim Bap served in a hot stone pot — my very favorite Korean dish. I love mixing around the ingredients, finding bits of crispy rice and enjoying the creamy, spicy, meaty combination. I cannot wait to see what food delights 2020 brings.
— Sarah Walker Caron, Bangor Metro and features editor
Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.
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