"Food is love" is one of the mottos of Leanne Cusimano, who bustles around the eatery, forging a menu designed to convey that warmth. The scents of breakfasts snapping against skillets drift from Amore Breakfast?s sand-hued cottage exterior, which conceals the gleefully mismatched tables and checkerboard accents of a '50s diner. Servers tote thick slices of french toast stuffed with cream cheese or topped with berries and fluffy omelets enfolding veggies, meats, and cheeses. Wreaths of steam from cups of the house blend coffee encircle them as they bear trays to the dining area, where patrons marvel at spotting a toaster?s face in slices of toast.
Snagging its name from one of the schooners built in Kennebunk's adjacent 19th-century shipyards, Federal Jack's makes its own mark by pairing creative pub fare with flavorful ales brewed in-house. Taste buds set sail on their own toothsome odyssey with an appetizer of fried calamari ($8.95) and house favorites such as the Fiery Volcano burger, whose fearsome flow of hellfire relish is capped with a ground beef, turkey, or veggie burger and a sunny-side-up egg ($9.95). Smooth seas await restricted dieters—including vegetarians, gluten-avoiders, and the sugar-suspicious—with several modifiable options and menu staples, such as the hummus sandwich ($7.95) and the spinach, ricotta, and red-pepper-layered eggplant milanese ($13.95). Diners can quickly win a stare-down or guess the poker hand of the hot open-faced turkey, an autumnal treat served atop stuffing bread and dressed with cranberry sauce ($9.95).
Located less than one mile from the beach, the Hayloft Restaurant culls the nearby surf for fresh ocean fare while also serving land-wandering game among their breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. The lunch and dinner menu invites taste buds to indulge in a coterie of sandwiches, burgers, grilled specialties, and seafood baked or fried in the Hayloft's secret-batter recipe. Double your crustacean intake with the lobster pie, stuffed with chunks of lobster meat bathed in a creamy lobster broth ($23.99), or delve into bourbon barbecue steak tips ($14.99) marinated in the chef's own bourbon barbecue sauce. Break-of-dawn bellies indulge in the breakfast menu's pancakes, omelettes, and Hayloft combinations—complete with eggs, meat, and homefries—able to energize a full day of fish whispering.
At Fresco Mexican Grill, the kitchen is fully outfitted with appliances, but one is noticeably absent—the microwave. Rather than reheating their Mexican cuisine, the culinary team crafts each dish from fresh ingredients culled from local farmers, whether they are mashing avocados into guacamole tableside, or stuffing quesadillas with cheese, chicken, and green chiles. Their fajitas—assembled with sizzling strips of jerk chicken or morsels of steak marinated in garlic, lime and tequila—complement other classic eats such as tacos, enchiladas, and chimichangas. Rounding out the menu is a smattering of American favorites and reinventions of classic dishes, such as black-bean lasagna, which adds a Mexican flair to an Italian specialty much like the mariachi band featured in every Verdi opera.
With a railing and some concrete separating the patio from the water, Mill 67?s diners have an up-close view of the Mousam River. They also have front-row view of the chefs smoking brisket, turkey, and pork belly at the river?s edge, and filling the air with the smells of dinner. The chefs fashion their meats into gourmet meals influenced by French cuisine, from poutine gravy to salads with chicken, strawberries, and blueberry vinaigrette. Inside the eatery, lantern-style sconces bedeck exposed brick walls, and a sleek bar holds up pint glasses and old coffee tins filled with craft brews.
Tia’s Topside—sister to Tia's Boston—is a waterfront restaurant overlooking Lower Village. Dine al fresco on the deck with views of the harbor. Tia's offers innovative New England cuisine, a firepit, porches, as well as Brunch and Happy Hour specials. The drink selection includes plenty of mixed drinks and specialty ales, and Tia's caters to formal seated dinner parties as well as casual lunches out with the kids.