Grazing through Kittery


I spent a pleasant day earlier this week nosing around Kittery. Here’s some food for thought:

Birth Announcements: The owners of ever popular Anneke Jans have opened AJ’s Wood Grilled Pizza on Wallingford Square (creative thin-crust pizzas, salads, sandwiches, wings, wine, and beer); it’s an order-at-the-counter place, quite casual, but more upscale than the usual pizza joint.

Obits: So sorry to report on two closures: Cacao Chocolates, source of to-die-for truffles, which is taking a sabbatical, and Enoteca Italiano, which carried an amazing selection of dried and cured meats, cheeses, and other gourmet goodies.

Present tense: I had lunch at Loco Coco’s, which I still think is tops for Cal-Mex in Maine. Another plus, you can choose your level of service: take-out with indoor seating, greenhouse-style lounge, or low-key dining room. Love the fish tacos!

For a small town, Kittery’s Miracle Food Mile specialty food cluster  is pretty remarkable. Golden Harvest for produce; Beach Pea Baking for breads, baked goods, sandwiches, and salads; Terracotta Pasta for handmade pastas, salads, soups, sandwiches, prepared foods, and lots of other goodies; and Carl’s Meat Market for meats, as well as sandwiches and prepared dinners. And, a bit beyond the Miracle Mile, but worth finding, When Pigs Fly, source of amazingly creative artisan breads.

If all you’re craving is breakfast (anytime between 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.), then beat feet to Sunrise Grill, at the traffic circle.