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Mar 11, 2009 10:03 AM

Chase's Daily in Belfast, ME

The chefs at Chase's, the farmer's market, restaurant, and bakery in Belfast, have been named semifinalists for the James Beard Best Chef award (Northeast category).

Just a head's up! This place is spectacular. They serve dinner on Friday nights only, and reservations fill up fast. It's more than worth the drive if you live in the Portland area, and if you live closer, you're lucky!

With the nod from the foundation, this will most likely be an even busier summer, so I'd get up there before tourist season starts.

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  1. One of the best lunches I had during our Maine trip a couple of years back was at Chase's. They rock! Glad to see they are getting the recognition they deserve.

    1. hooray! i'm so glad they're getting some James Beard love. it's one of my favorite places in Mid-Coast, for sure.

      1. The Bagduce Lunch In Brooksville Ma. Won a James Beard award last year!

        1. We were lucky enough to be in Belfast around dinner time last Friday, and snagged two seats at the bar for our first time at Chase's. It was a really wonderful meal- we had chard enchiladas with a cabbage salad that was truly divine (I'll be trying a version when the cabbage comes in this summer), a tasty pizza margherita, and a sundae with homemade butterscotch (my husband believes that he hates butterscotch- "it's just sugar-flavored syrup." I convinced him that if he ever liked it, it would be there, and of course, he did). The complimentary olives and bread rounded it all out- we'll definitely be going back for lunch!

          1. Tragically, Chase's stopped serving breakfast on weekdays a couple of Summers ago. I was, and still am, disconsolate.

            4 Replies
            1. re: groaker

              we may be trying this place tomorrow on our return trip to boston, but it has been getting really bad CH reports vis a vis the service problems, i.e. waiting forever to be acknowledged and served.

              1. re: opinionatedchef

                Good luck, OC. It has been a few years since we were there, but I just loved the place. Gorgeous old building, great quality vegetarian food, which is a godsend to us when we are traveling. Can't remember the service per se, but it's just a casual lunch-type place so I doubt I spent much time worrying about that anyway......

                1. re: Science Chick

                  hi there SC. We had a filling brkfst so bypassed lunch today, but will hope to make it to Chase on our next trip.thx much.

                  1. re: opinionatedchef

                    We were in Belfast last weekend, on a Saturday late morning. We had a great brunch--the only real breakfast dish was an omelette with gruyere and carmelized onions, but it was great, and came with an excellent mixed local greens salad. Our two other entrees were vegetarian lunch items, delicious. Service was fine. The baked goods were excellent, and the farmer's market in the back had some great tomatoes (last of the season, alas), potatos and greens. We'll definitely go back!