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Chebeague Island Inn: A Place to Hit the Reset Button

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Dining at the Chebeague Island Inn
Lobster Corn Dogs at Chebeague Island Inn Restaurant

The Chebeague Island Inn's restaurant is a special occasion dining destination, but don't steer away if you are looking for a more affordable, casual experience. For $14, you can enjoy colossal lobster corn dogs. The amazing view from the porch is free.

© 2011 Kim Knox Beckius
All of the sustenance you need can be found right at the Chebeague Island Inn, where the fine dining restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch not only to overnight guests but to visitors who make the trip across Casco Bay for no other reason than to enjoy a standout meal. Executive Chef Justin Rowe tweaks his menus frequently to feature in-season local ingredients and the freshest sea fare.

Since I was dining alone--and had consumed fried clams at 5 p.m.--I decided to forego dinner, which is served both indoors and on a screened porch with superior views. The Chebeague Island Inn offers the perfect alternative for those with lighter appetites or solo travelers: The Sunset Landing menu, served Tuesday through Sunday on the inn's sweeping, waterside porch from 2:30 to 9 p.m., features delectable nibbles that pair perfectly with a cocktail, beer or glass of wine.

I contemplated simply ordering the Artisan Cheese and Charcuterie Plate... until my convivial waitress reminded me that you can't have Lobster Corn Dogs just anywhere. I savored every bite of these enormous lobster claws fried in sweet batter and paired with a sun dried tomato aioli that had a flavorful kick. And, because I couldn't tear myself from the show the sky was putting on as the sun sunk, I ordered a plate of warm-from-the-oven mint chocolate chip cookies and tried with limited success to convince a trio of boys playing croquet on the lawn to share them with me.

The next morning, I took a seat on the screened porch and watched as an aggressive fog rolled in, shrouding the island in just 15 minutes while I savored a plate of eggs, crispy sweet Apple Wood smoked bacon and Maine maple grits (which I had to return to the kitchen to be warmed). The inn was quiet on this Monday morning, with only four rooms occupied, and seemed even more haven-like.

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