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Chase's Daily in Belfast, ME

tattooedportlander Mar 11, 2009 10:03 AM

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.

  1. groaker Apr 9, 2009 04:28 PM

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

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      opinionatedchef Oct 8, 2012 07:47 PM

      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
        Science Chick Oct 9, 2012 09:51 AM

        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......

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          opinionatedchef Oct 9, 2012 08:09 PM

          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
            winedude Oct 16, 2012 02:15 PM

            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!

    2. happybellynh Mar 30, 2009 07:27 AM

      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!

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        brucekc Mar 30, 2009 07:18 AM

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

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          eeejo Mar 30, 2009 06:57 AM

          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. Science Chick Mar 11, 2009 12:19 PM

            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.

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