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DRG in the News:
Read about the Damariscotta River Grill in this article published in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel.
Check out this video of Chef Rick preparing Pumpkin Creme Brulee on WCSH “207”
Read about Chef Rick Hirsch and his favorite night at the Damariscotta River Grill in Maine Ahead!
Boston Herald editor, Kerry Bryne, finds a plethora of pumpkins at the Damariscotta River Grill and raves about Chef Rick Hirsch’s seasonal offerings: “His menu features pumpkin ravioli, plenty of pumpkin sweets and his favorite pumpkin hazelnut bisque.”
Sante Magazine explores the wonders of eastern oysters and includes insights from Damariscotta River Grill’s Chef Rick Hirsch. “Hirsch recommends eating oysters with Champagne, although many dry white wines, such as Sauvignon Blanc pair well.”
Boston Examiner enjoys an autumn evening at the Damariscotta River Grill and discovers Chef Rick Hirsch’s fall delicacies: “Lobster cakes with corn sauce: not to be missed after a day of leaf peeping.”
|DAMARISCOTTA RIVER GRILL PRESS RELEASES:|
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May 6, 2010 – Damariscotta River Grill’s “Art at the Grill” exhibit to feature multi-generation family talent.
March 22, 2010 – Damariscotta River Grill to showcase talent of four local painters at restaurant’s April 8 “Art at the Grill” Artists’ Reception.
February 11, 2010 – Damariscotta River Grill’s “Art At The Grill” Series to recognize talented teacher and students.
January 26, 2010 – Damariscotta River Grill’s Chef/Owner Rick Hirsch named “Chef of the Year” by the Maine Restaurant Association.
January 4, 2010 – Damariscotta River Grill Announces First Exhibit in 2010 “Art At The Grill” Series.
November 16, 2009 – Damariscotta River Grill’s “Art at the Grill” Series to Showcase Talent of Family and Friends in December/January Exhibit.
June 12, 2009 – Damariscotta River Grill Opens Monhegan Perspectives II Art Show With Public Reception Wednesday, June 24
February 2, 2009 – Damariscotta River Grill Announces Full Schedule of Winter Dinners, Shows and Events
January 13, 2009 – Damariscotta River Grill Welcomes Michael Honig, President of Honig Vineyard and Winery
January 5, 2009 – Damariscotta River Grill’s Popular “Art at the Grill” Series Kicks off 2009 with a New Batch of Talented, Local Artists
November 24, 2008 – The Latest Installment of Damariscotta River Grill’s “Art at the Grill” Series Features Therapeutic Art and Creative Jewelry from Local Artists
November 14, 2008 – Damariscotta River Grill Hosts Riedel Glassware and Wine Tasting for Final Wine Event of the Year
December, 2008 – Primo Holiday Gift Ideas from Maine: Food, Wine and Entertainment Ideas for Festive Gift-Giving
October 29, 2008 – Fourth Annual Harvest Dinner and Community Supper to Benefit Maine Schools Held at Damasriscotta River Grill
October 17, 2008 – Damariscotta River Grill Exhibits Local Artists’ Jewelry, Watercolors, Pastels, and Tiles
August 26, 2008 – Damariscotta River Grill Earns National Restaurant Association’s “Restaurant Neighbor Award”
August 1, 2008 – Damariscotta River Grill Earns Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence” and Slot in Magazine’s “Best Wine Lists of 2008” Feature
June 12, 2008 – Damariscotta River Grill Opens Monhegan Perspectives Show with Public Reception on June 26th
|DAMARISCOTTA RIVER GRILL REVIEWS:|
The owners of the Anchor Inn now own Damariscotta River Grill, and their classics from that Round Pond summer standby can be enjoyed in the dead of winter, in the downtown of this charming town…Seafood dishes here are cooked with skill. Italian Seafood Stew ($16.53) is a classic of the Anchor Inn, as the menu proclaims, and also a favorite of diners in the know, that I hit on by the happy accident of liking the stuff.
There is lots of good wine, and rich desserts to finish the meal…savor the oysters on a half shell. Fresh from the Damariscotta River, where they grow just 10 miles from Main Street, these plump lovelies can transport oyster lovers to bliss…My River Grill oysters ($10) were beautifully cooked, tender and hot and delicious, a dish that hails from another era, and tastes good all over again…My dinner, the Italian Seafood Stew ($16.53) came in a big bowl full of mussel shells, scallops, shrimp and fish. Its garlicky broth tasted fresh, and the Maine shrimp were not overcooked, a feat the kitchen can be proud of.
– Nancy English
Attentive service and above-average food make the Damariscotta River Grill a favorite for locals and visitors alike. The varied menu ranges from latkes (Jewish potato pancakes) to sandwiches and seafood, all freshly prepared and reasonably priced. Unusual sauces and creative presentation add interest to traditional menu selections. The atmosphere is pleasant, and tables are well spaced for privacy. We have never been disappointed at the Grill.
What a sweet, no-nonsense, romantic restaurant! I realize those adjectives don’t really go together, but I’ve never seen a place like this before. The vibe is upscale but not pretentious…What on earth was that sophisticated, amazing bread basket doing out here in the boonies? It included apparently housemade breadsticks and great fluffy Italian peasant bread (some of the best I’ve ever had…soft but chewy, with beautifully crunchy crust), and came with top-drawer olive oil for dipping. I’ve rarely seen this level of quality in top Manhattan spots!
The cider wasn’t just great and fresh; it was interesting. Someone had shown artistry in blending the apple varieties. The oysters – local Pemaquids – were sublime. Even the best oyster bars in big cities are only an echo of oysters such as these. Bread pudding was stately and thoughtful without being presumptuous or precious. It wasn’t just slammingly delicious. It had class. Perfect oysters, perfect dessert, perfect bread, perfect breadsticks, perfect olive oil, perfect ambiance, perfect service (friendly, genuine, professional).
– Jim Leff
94 out of 100