The restaurant scene of the Kennebunks is always growing and changing, and this year was particularly turbulent, with some of our old favorites closing and a chef shuffle between several restaurants. Here is an update on new Kennebunkport restaurants for your summer visit to our boutique Kennebunkport hotel.
David's KPT, the waterfront restaurant in the Boathouse Hotel, abruptly closed last fall, leaving everyone to wonder what would take its place. The opening of the new restaurant also called The Boathouse, lets us once again grab a seat on the wraparound porch for happy hour, or a table in a window overlooking the river. The menu features seafood dishes with an Asian flair like tuna poké and steamed mussels with lemongrass and tamarind. The Boathouse is open noon to 9 p.m. daily with happy hour from 3 to 5 p.m.
Mini doughnuts are all the rage, and a new Kennebunkport restaurant brings these tiny delights to Spring Street. Part of the Clam Shack's restaurant group, this seasonal storefront churns out elaborately topped doughnuts all summer. Get a dozen to share in a variety of flavors from Fruity Pebbles to maple bacon. We can't think of a better way to top off a stroll through Dock Square than sharing an order of fried-to-order mini doughnuts. Satellite Doughnuts is open every day of the week, except Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Chef couple Danielle and Justin Walker, formerly of Earth at Hidden Pond, have opened their own restaurant in Cape Neddick. Walkers Maine continues the elegant farm-to-table theme found at Earth, but this time in a more casual setting. With a large number of snacks and small plates available, diners can share several dishes over drinks or go big with family-style entrees like whole fried chicken with potato salad and swiss chard. Fans of Walkers' cooking at Earth will want to venture out to Cape Neddick to enjoy Justin and Danielle's new venture at Walkers Maine. Walkers Maine is open for dinner at 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday.