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Great meal at Joshua's - Wells, ME

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After reading a couple of recs here, and local word of mouth, we decided to try Joshua's for a birthday celebration. We were warmly greated and showed to a comfortable table in the dining room, next to the huge, colonial era fireplace. This was given a pleasant glow by candle lanterns in the nooks and crannies-a very nice touch. Fresh flowers on the tables and little votives. Our waitress was efficient, helpful and non-intrusive.

My husband had the duck pate as a starter, and enjoyed every bite, including the fresh greens with a light dressing that served as a base for the meat. My daughter had the beef tenderloin brochettes, grilled on a rosemary skewer. Very nice. I had crabcakes, which were practically all crabmeat, barely held together with a bit of breading and served with a light lemon/dill aioli.

We were very pleased with a basket of three kinds of bread, made in-house.

Hubby the meat-eater went with tenderloin for his entree and pronounced it the best he's had, with a chewy outside from the cooking and amazingly juicy for that cut. My daughter loved the chicken stuffed with prosciutto, basil and provolone. I had a perfectly cooked duck breast and a leg confit. All these were served with wonderful mashed potatoes and steamed seasonal vegetables.

The kitchen never put a foot wrong, right down to desserts and we will definitely return. The place was full of the buzz of happy diners, which always adds to the enjoyment of a lovely meal, cooked well.

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