Adding gourmet ingredients to a meal makes a commonplace activity feel special, much like brushing your teeth with a sparkler or withdrawing money from an ATM while holding it at gunpoint. Enjoy uncommon dining with today's deal: for $25, you get $50 worth of contemporary New England fare with a French twist at Maine Dining Room at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport.
At Maine Dining Room, Chef Eric Flynn fixes up a colorful mix of New England and French fare using the regional, seasonal, and organic ingredients of Maine. Small plates send tongues on saltwater joyrides with fresh sea fare such as local Maine oysters ($2.75 each) or the savory lobster crêpe ($10+). Heftier eats, such as the 12-ounce whiskey rib eye, served with Hanh's End bleu cheese potatoes, sate the demands of serious stomachs ($29). Other entrees represent New England's esculent opulence as well, such as the 1 1/4-pound steamed Maine lobster (market price) and oven-baked cod rubbed down with orange oil and cardamom sauce and served with fennel-potato hash and local spinach ($28).
With a selection of more than 10 desserts, guests guided by singled-minded sweet teeth can thrill the mouth and eyes with a chocolate overdose—a tableside dessert of warm flourless cake with chocolate sauce and marbled chocolate bark topped with berries flamed in Grand Marnier ($8.50 per guest).