July 14, 2013

Dine out Maine: Krista's worth the trip for excellent beef, sandwiches, drinks

BY SHONNA MILLIKEN HUMPHREY

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The back porch dining area at Krista’s offers a lush, tree-lined river view.

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DINING REVIEW

KRISTA'S, 2 Main St., Cornish. 625-3600; kristasrestaurant.com

****

HOURS: 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; 11:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday; 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday; 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

PRICE RANGE: $5.95 to $25.95, with sandwiches averaging $9.95 and dinner entrees in the $20 range

BAR: Full bar

CREDIT CARDS: Most major

VEGETARIAN: Yes, but vegetarians may need to cobble appetizer options or opt for sandwiches. The kitchen seems happy to adjust for vegetarians. Seafood eaters will have a good selection.

GLUTEN-FREE: Yes

RESERVATIONS: Yes

KIDS: Children's menu

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: Yes

BOTTOM LINE: Krista's is a charming, but funky, locale that's absolutely worth a drive to Cornish. It is friendly for all kinds of families, both kid-laden and kid-free, accomplished with bright colors and a nice selection of eating spaces and interesting menu options that range from quesadillas for the kiddos to craft cocktails for the grown-ups. I recommend the beef.

Ratings follow this scale and take into consideration food, atmosphere, service and value:
* Poor  ** Fair  *** Good **** Excellent ***** Extraordinary.

The Maine Sunday Telegram visits an establishment twice if the first dining experience was unsatisfactory. The reviewer dines anonymously.

Krista's menu offers other beef options, including a New York Strip Loin ($24.95), Chargrilled Flatiron ($24.95) and the Special Hunk of Meat (market price) selection that changes regularly. Next time. Also for next time, the Brown Sugar Brined Twin Pork Chops ($18.95).

For non-meat-eaters, try the Grilled Jumbo Shrimp ($22.95). Piled on a soba noodle salad with peanut sauce, four jumbo shrimp made this entree a substantial, spicy-sweet alternative to the meat fiesta.

Since Krista's presents as a cafe sort of concept and vibe, I expected sandwiches to shine -- and shine they did. The Muffeletta ($9.95) is heavy with salami and hot capicola, provolone, artichoke heart and olive relish, all spread on a massive piece of homemade focaccia. Likewise, the Portabello ($8.95) with its marinated, grilled mushroom cap topped with provolone, red onion, lettuce, tomato and hot jalapeno mayo, also on the homemade focaccia. Both sandwiches were perfect.

With the Kid Eats section of the menu, Krista's appeals to families with children, but not obnoxiously or obtrusively so. The restaurant chooses to incorporate child-friendly options (such as grilled cheese or tortellini with butter and parmesan) as seamlessly as it incorporates a high chair at the end of a table or two, making a pleasant dining experience for all types of families.

Krista's provides abundant, ample, good food in a bright, eclectic, colorful atmosphere. Try it. 

Shonna Milliken Humphrey is a Maine freelance writer and author of the novel "Show Me Good Land."

 

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