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The Lost Kitchen in Maine

By Everett Potter

The hottest restaurant reservation in America isn’t for some chic Manhattan eatery, a clubby Chicago brasserie or a hip dining room in LA or Miami. Instead, it’s for a small, seasonal restaurant located in a former grist mill in rural Maine.

The restaurant is called The Lost Kitchen and the owner/chef is Erin French, who grew up in the town. In a state where most of the restaurant buzz seems to be concentrated on the coast, and even more so, greater Portland (which was dubbed food city of the year in 2018 by Bon Appetit magazine), The Lost Kitchen would seem to be something of an outlier.


Just don’t put The Lost Kitchen on speed dial, because you can’t call or email to make a reservation, or make one with a couple of clicks on Open Table or Resy. If you want to eat there in 2019, you’ll need to send Erin French a postcard … Read More

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