I don’t think any other restaurant in Maine (okay, maybe J’s Oyster, in Portland) inspires such love/hate as Conte’s. Those in the love-it camp were crushed when it closed earlier this year (this after Anthony Bourdain paid it a visit and filmed it last fall). Take heart, folks.
Innkeeper Cheryl Michaelsen, of the Berry Manor Inn, in Rockland, reports:
Just so you know Conte’s is alive and well at its new location on Rt. 73 – South Main Street. Same funky decor, same funky cook and same great food. A lot brighter (windows are still clean). Just for fun he hasn’t decided if he will put a sign out front or not. It is located immediately after Primrose Framing at 156 S. Main Street. Just thought you would like to know. When I went last week he was serving a dessert that was 1/2 carrot cake (bottom layer) with a cheese cake on top!!
Uhm, okay, Cheryl. I’m going to give you a holler one of these days and meet you there.
UPDATE: Here’s my foodie friend Mr. Meatball’s Conte’s review (If you don’t get the flavor of the place from this, you’ll never understand it).