Bev and I recently ate at a new restaurant named "Local 50" located in downtown Kennebunk, Maine. It is a refreshing change from the "dimly-lit, romantic, barn-type establishments throughout the Kennebunks. It is bright and cheerily decorated in shades of grey and silver with chrome chairs and tables. The food is as refreshing too. Owners, Merrilee and her husband Chef David have created a menu that is filled with items from local farms. In fact, they feature a chalk board listing the various items of produce used in the preparation of dinners each evening, as well as the name of supplying farm. That certainly is taking "locally supplied ingredients" to the max. We were impressed with their commitment to their name "Local 50"! A local restaurant will not succeed unless the local residents support it. It is a long winter without many tourists!
We started our dinner with the fried calamari which was lightly breaded, very tender and quite delicious. It was some of the best calamari we've ever had; we order it often, as it is one of Bev's favorite dishes. After freshly-prepared salads, we truly enjoyed our maine courses. Bev had chicken and I had the pork chop. It was an inch thick chop that was grilled perfectly; it was tender and juicy and was placed neatly on a bed of mashed potatoes and that was topped with baby asparagus and balsamic grilled onions. Not only was my meal great tasting, but it was beautifully presented. It was served on a large white square dinner plate including a spiral bead of balsamic sauce. I personally loved the balsamic flavoring. Bev's half a chicken was properly roasted to be tender and flavorful and it was situated on a bed of field greens. No dried out chicken here! We skipped dessert because we enjoyed a bottle of wine. Their wines are fairly- priced and there is a good selection of popular choices. Actually, the restaurant is a good value with modestly priced entrees. Our dinner including a bottle of wine, one appetizer, two salads and two entrees with tax was just over $80.00.
Merrilee told us they plan to be open year round; that is excellent news for fall and winter when there is less dining selections in the Kennebunks for our guests. Next time you are here at the Captain Lord Mansion as our guest, let us make you a reservation at Local 50, you won't be disappointed! Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield