We love wintertime in coastal Maine—the frozen streams, the snow-covered pine boughs, and the sparkling sunshine create a beautiful winter wonderland. But at night, it's crucial to have cozy plans to look forward to. Warming up after a day of winter activities, preferably by a fire, is one of life's greatest pleasures, and especially so if there's great food and drink. Here are three of the best Kennebunkport restaurants where you'll find our favorite winter fare and a cozy corner in which to enjoy it.
This Kennebunk favorite (just over the bridge in Kennebunk's Lower Village), has recently stepped up its game with a new set of owners and a new chef. Two regulars purchased the restaurant when the last owner was looking to sell and have kept old menu favorites while adding many more. With small plates that run the gamut from chicken schnitzel to yellow curry, the eclectic menu will offer something for everyone. Don't miss the extensive wine list and expertly prepared original craft cocktails.
Pedro's is just fun, with velvet sombreros dotting the ceiling, brightly colored dining room furniture, and live music on weekend evenings and Sunday afternoons. Warm up by the outdoor fire pit if there's a wait for a table, then settle in with the long list of housemade margaritas. The portions of Tex-Mex food here are always large, and slow-cooked meats like al pastor and chicken tinga are popular. Order a queso fundido for the table; you can thank us later.
Get cozy at Bandaloop, tucked up off of Dock Square. This restaurant used to be a barn, and the exposed beams and high ceilings remain. The menu is particularly friendly to vegans, vegetarians, and those who are gluten-free. Our favorites include the cheese quesadilla with candied jalapenos, the kale salad with a "wonton crown," and the mac and cheese with tomatoes and basil. Easily one of the beat restaurants in Kennebunkport, Bandaloop is a cozy place to enjoy a meal.