Joshua's Restaurant, Wells, Maine
A well-known food writer recently praised Joshua's Restaurant as "Worthy of a long drive." fortunately, this award-winning restaurant is just a short drive south from the Captain Lord Mansion, Kennebunkport, on Route 1 in nearby Wells.
The 1774 dark brown Colonial may look austere on the outside, but as the day's shadows lengthen, the warm glow from the restaurant's many windows is promise of a wonderful dining experience that awaits you inside.
A private home until Joshua Mather and his parents Mort and Barbara purchased it in March 2004, it has been lovingly remodeled to provide state-of-the-art kitchen facilities and an engaging dining experience, without sacrificing any of the building's original charm.
What in colonial times would have been the "birthing room" is now the reception area; the parlor is a warm and cozy bar. The original "keeping room," where meals were prepared over an open hearth, is one dining room; the house's original dining room is the other. History aside, however, the real star here is the food.
Joshua was brought up on his family's nearby farm, and because of that, has created a fine dining experience built on his personal mantra of "fresh, organic, and Maine-grown." He describes his menu as "good, honest food, not fussy food." But what he does with that good, honest food is noting short of genius!
For instance, fresh artichoke hearts are lightly fried and served with a chipotle aioli that has just a little kick! A confit of fresh mushrooms is topped with a smooth, herbed, truffle butter that melts in the mouth. Roast chick is elevated to royalty — stuffed with a magical blend of basil, prosciutto, provolone cheese, and lemon zest. All dinners are served with fresh, seasonal vegetables (most from their own farm!) and bread baked daily on the premisis. For a tasty New England dessert, try the decadent Maple Walnut Pie with a generous scoop of their own homemade vanilla ice cream.
Bev and I love Joshua's. And when Bev had a "significant" birthday recently, our whole family decided t his would be the perfect place to celebrate. Bev chose the Atlantic Haddock with caramelized onion crust, chive oil, and wild mushroom risotto. She proclaimed it perfect! I love anything pork, so I went with the roast tenderloin, brushed with a sauce of apple cider reduction, ambrosial mashed potatoes, and an unusual and delicious fresh chutney. The well-trained and attentive waitstaff provided impeccable service all evening. We agreed that this was a very special way to honor a very special lady!
Whether you're a seafood lover or a meat-and-potatoes type, Joshua's Restaurant has a menu that's sure to please. And there's always an imaginative vegetarian selection, s well.
Joshua's is a "slow food" restaurant. So settle in, relax and prepare yourself for a truly memorable evening! The restaurant is open for dinner daily — let the Captain Lord Mansion make a reservation for you. You'll enjoy every minute — and every delicious bite!
Rick Litchfield, Your Innkeeper