CBS had a segment about the Lost Kitchen, a restaurant in Freedom ME. This appears to be the real deal that the guy in the Catskills was masquerading. 40 seats, no website, menu is created daily, labor of love for the seasonal guests. Seats sell out within minutes of the phones opening. For the year.
Chef Erin French runs an eclectic restaurant. Invited to cook at the James Beard house, crashed her life, rehab, second chance. Disciplined restaurant, one seating, you eat what you're served.
” Dinner is about $100 per person, plus tax and tip, and might include four courses. But French throws extra surprises into every meal: light, crisp crab fritters; a palate cleanser of rhubarb and sweet tea sorbet in tiny Jadeite dishes shaped like hens; oysters. “There are always oysters,” she says....
But first, there is dinner to serve: green-garlic and Swiss chard soup with mushrooms and pea tendrils; lovingly fluffed salads, embedded with blossoms; seared Maine bluefin tuna with polenta, tiny turnips, and greens; homey lemon-buttermilk cake.
As the reputation grows, the happy space, no shouting, no tension, is also under stress. They wonder about bad TripAdvisor reviews, and wonder about a more democratic way to apportion reservations.
Freedom is west of Belfast ME (once the home of credit card issuer MBNA), and northeast of Albion ME (home of Johnny's Selected Seeds).
Boston Globe: https://www.bostongl...inYK/story.html