We were thrilled when Maureen and JJ reopened as Rogue Cafe! The former owner/chef of Town Hill Bistro and her always charming husband continue to wow guests with delicious/elegant farm-to-table Maine regional cuisine in their new unpretensious space (former Top of the Hill restaurant). Be prepared to leisurely enjoy your meal... you'll want to savor the entire experience.
Serving small and large plates, the menu changes daily featuring Maine sea scallops, lobster, halibut and haddock, prime cuts of beef, free-range chicken and duck, as well as local chèvre and mushrooms. Maureen's gnocchi is legendary....tender pillows of potato, wilted greens, applewood smoked bacon, mushrooms and parmesan reggiano.
There are always delightful vegetarian offerings (including gnocchi). Maureen also infuses Asian flavors in many of her dishes. Tonight I gleefully enjoyed panko fried halibut with a kim chee pancake - yummy-licious and reminiscent of island flavors I grew up with in Hawaii. Save room for another Maureen legend... panna cotta.
Attire is typical Mt. Desert ranging from jeans to dress pants, from skorts to simple cocktail frocks. Bring a wrap as it can get chilly. However attired, one can always count on friendly, well-informed staff who make you feel at home. While Rogue Cafe welcomes children, the fine dining experience might be more pleasurable in the company of older youth and adults. Make reservations ahead of time (not the same day you plan to dine) - even the bar fills quickly!
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