The Starving Artist visit Katahdin

Posted on September 30, 2002 in Arts & Culture
By Amanda Gideon

Its about time I got some class, and where better than at Katahdin? This isn’t exactly what I first thought when walking alongside the building. At first glimpse I thought I was all right wearing my flannel shirt and Capri jeans. But once we walked in, I felt a little underdressed.

We were greeted by possibly the happiest hostess I have ever encountered and seated in the corner. Katahdin’s menu is absolutely incredible! All the entrees, appetizers, and desserts on the menu were so detailed and so very elaborate, I was dumbfounded and had no idea what to order as my entree.

To start, we ordered the Melted Smoked Gouda Cheese Pot with Foccacia. This presentation was no less than beautiful, with the foccacia fanned around the pot of Gouda cheese. The melted cheese made a great spread for the slices of bread.

My companion didn’t have much of a problem choosing her entree. She ordered the Pan Roasted Pistachio Crusted Atlantic Salmon Filet with Cranberry Butter ($17). She could not have had a better reaction to the meal, saying “Sweet Jesus” when her plate was put before her. It did look awesome, served with garlic whipped mashed potatoes and a side of squash adding a bit of color.

I finally decided on the Grilled Chicken Breast with Acorn Farm Organic Shiitake Mushroom Saut? ($15) instead of the Caesar Salad with Croutons and Reggiano Parmesan ($7) I had been considering.

The grill-marked chicken was juicy, and thanks to the mushrooms, very flavorful. I never had chicken that full of zest and spice. I, too, had the garlic potatoes and nearly died when I tasted them. They were so fluffy and yummy, better by far than what grandma makes.

We ordered two desserts that provided a great end to a fantastic dinner. The Chocolate Truffle Cake with Ganache ($6) was rich and dusted ever so lightly with powdered sugar. The Ice Cream of the Night was homemade vanilla ice cream with a little chocolate syrup at the bottom of the bowl and some fresh blackberries and chocolate wafer as a garnish ($6). Now, I am a huge fan of the ever-popular name-brand ice cream, but this was the best I have ever tasted.

Katahdin has been in business for twelve years now. For the last two years it has been chef owned and operated by Becky Lee Simmons. My compliments to her! Other items on the menu consist of chowder, Lobster, London broil, Shrimp and Tenderloin.