Without governmental oversight, unscrupulous fishers would have free reign to employ dangerous tactics such as using dynamite or mounting backhoes to their rowboats. Enjoy seafood the old fashioned way with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of seafood, sandwiches, and tapas at No. 10 Water Restaurant in the Captain Daniel Stone Inn in Brunswick.
Head chef Brian Tebben and his team of culinary maestros roast mussels, sear crab cakes, and stack meaty sandwiches in a cozy riverfront dining room. Like a yodeler crooning Ode to Joy, creative ingredients enliven classic seaside hits on the tavern menu such as Maine crab cakes ($12) with spicy poblano pepper aioli. After tossing a duck confit salad with apples, toasted walnuts, cranberries, and vermont cheddar, chefs drizzle maple cider vinaigrette for a refreshingly sweet supper ($10). A selection of tapas (all $5) invite diners to share conversation or perfect BFG impersonations while sampling a range of flavors, from brick-oven-roasted mussels to braised pulled pork. The citrus panna cotta off the dessert menu teases sweet teeth by tempering sugary mint raspberry sauce with tart grapefruit caviar ($8).
With tables made of reclaimed antique wood, an indoor brick porch, and a fireplace, No. 10 Water Restaurant resembles an old carriage house. Diners can enjoy views of the Androscoggin River, observe the science of cooking at work in the exhibition kitchen, or tap their feet, clap their hands, or do their taxes to occasional live music performances.
No. 10 Water Restaurant
You might say that No. 10 Water screams old New England, but the phrase doesn't quite fit the restaurant's understated elegance. Tucked into Brunswick’s Federal-style Captain Daniel Stone Inn—built in 1819—the restaurant draws its upscale menu mostly from Maine's surrounding agricultural landscape. The state abounds with artisanal cheesemakers, organic beef farms, microbreweries, and lobster fisheries. Naturally, the culinary team revels in the chance to incorporate the fruits of these labors into their menu offerings, which change regularly according to what's in season.
The restaurant’s fireplace waves away chills in the winter months, and an enclosed brick porch soaks up the sunshine all summer. A tavern area relaxes the mood and invites guests to pull up a seat to a menu of tavern fare, a glass of wine, and a game broadcast on three HD TVs.
10 Water St.
Brunswick, Maine 04011