When it comes to fine dining in Maine, one restaurant consistently comes to mind: The Lost Kitchen. Located in a historic gristmill, this renowned eatery attracts New Englanders and visitors from far and wide. It’s owned by self-taught chef Erin French, a Freedom native who transforms simple ingredients into astounding dishes that showcase the best of Maine. Her mission is just one of the reasons why a meal at The Lost Kitchen should be on your bucket list.
Why The Lost Kitchen in Freedom, ME is One of a Kind
Erin French learned the fundamentals and the joy of cooking while working at her father’s diner. Now at the helm of The Lost Kitchen, she takes the time to do things the right way, not the easy way. (Like tapping 50 of her own maple trees to make maple walnut ice cream). Her kitchen is run by a team of female farmers, many of whom supply the restaurant’s meat and produce. It’s this dedication to sustainability and support of the local community that has garnered The Lost Kitchen so many accolades in just a few years – including the cover of Maine Magazine.
Located about an hour and a half from our inn, The Lost Kitchen in Freedom, ME is worth the drive. A two-lane country road leads diners past rolling farms to the tiny town of Freedom. Take a quick left on Main Street, cross a narrow bridge, and you’ll arrive at the Mill at Freedom Farms – The Lost Kitchen’s beautifully renovated home.
The interior consists of a dining room and open kitchen, which was designed to make guests feel instantly at home. Wildflowers dot the tables and water is served in mason jars. Upstairs is a school for local kids; downstairs, a candlelit wine store. Since there are no liquor licenses in Freedom, you can buy wine at the store to drink with dinner or bring your own.
Recognized by the James Beard Foundation for her innovative, organic cuisine, Chef Erin works magic with local ingredients. Each prix-fixe tasting includes eight to ten courses, and none of the food is overly seasoned or salted. Instead, diners can expect elegant, flavorful meals driven by the season, availability, and weather.
In the summer, French loves to combine simple grilled meat or seafood with salads and vegetables. She takes advantage of hearty root vegetables and stews in the wintertime, warming her guests from the inside out. Signature dishes like buttery mussels, spinach salad, fried squash blossoms, and duck confit promise a true taste of Maine no matter what time of year you visit. For details, check out this review by the Portland Press Herald.
Make Your Reservations This May
With incredible food and a wonderful mission, it’s no surprise that The Lost Kitchen sold out their 2017 reservations in less than 15 hours. Luckily, they will be taking names for the waitlist when they open in early May! To secure a spot on the list, mark your calendars and book your stay at the Topside Inn. Our bed and breakfast boasts top-notch amenities and luxurious accommodations that will help you unwind after an unforgettable meal. We can’t wait to hear all about it!
For more information on great places to dine,
head to our Boothbay Harbor restaurants page.