July 15, 2012

Dine Out Maine: The Osprey gives coastal summer dining a creative edge

A local treasure has a new chef whose skillfully prepared offerings include both the expected and the experimental.

By SHONNA MILLIKEN HUMPHREY

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The Osprey, open from May to October at the Robinhood Marine Center in Georgetown, provides diners with waterfront views and some unexpected menu offerings.

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DINING REVIEW

THE OSPREY, 340 Robinhood Road, Georgetown. 371-2530; robinhoodmarinecenter.com/osprey-restaurant

★★★★

HOURS: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Bar closes at 11 p.m.

BAR: Full bar. Nice variety of wines that range from $23 to $40 per bottle and $7 to $8 per glass.

CREDIT CARDS: All major

PRICE RANGE: $6 to $24; market prices apply

VEGETARIAN: Yes

GLUTEN-FREE: Yes

RESERVATIONS: Yes, but not always necessary.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Yes

BOTTOM LINE: The Osprey has been a local treasure for years. It's off the beaten path and caters to a seasonal clientele, but locals might find it worth the winding drive to sample the restaurant's more recent creative preparations. With a plate of seafood and a glass of wine, the view of Robinhood Cove is hard to beat.

Desserts rotate, and if it's available, order the brownie. The Osprey slices its thin, with two slivers, pound cake-style, set on top of a caramel pool sprinkled with almonds and topped with fresh strawberries and cream.

The peanut brittle cheesecake is also a fantastic choice, with its chocolate cookie crust, fudge coating and rich peanut butter filling.

Wines are available by the glass in the $7 to $8 range, with bottles at $23 to $40. The wine list is meant to be accessible, but it does have a few nice surprises.

The Michel Lynch sauvignon blanc was one of them. For a hot summer day with a variety of foods to sample, this inexpensive general-purpose wine complemented nearly all the table's flavors and textures.

For a non-alcoholic alternative, The Osprey brews its own unsweetened iced tea, and that too yielded a lovely experience.

Friendly service, an interesting menu, wines to suit most tastes and a view that tourists travel great distances to see. Add some good company, and a meal at The Osprey makes for a Maine summer afternoon or evening to remember.

Hurry to The Osprey, though, because like its avian namesake, its menu is only in Maine for the briefest of seasons.

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

 

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