Cornish is kind of off the beaten path, especially if you’re not into the antique shopping scene. But Krista’s Restaurant makes it worth the trek to this quintessential Maine town.

A few years ago, my Aunt Claudette took me to Krista’s after some antique shopping around town (because we both like a good find). I remember enjoying a delicious (huge) sandwich sitting on the screened-in porch. Enveloped by trees and overlooking a gorgeous little waterfall, the rustic porch makes you feel like you’re eating high up in a tree house.

In reality, you’re sitting in a small restaurant on Main Street in this small town about 40 minutes west of Portland.

I called up my aunt to see if she’d join me again for my return trip to Krista’s, this time for a drink. Ironically, she had dinner reservations at the restaurant for later that evening, so I met up with her and her friend Barbara for an afternoon cocktail.

The bar at Krista’s is just to the right of the restaurant’s entrance. It’s a small space with about half-a-dozen bar stools.

The bartender mixing drinks when we arrived said the Maine Blueberry and the Lemon Drop were likely two of the most popular drinks on the 16-drink-long cocktail menu. I’ve heard a friend rave about the Lemon Drop quite a bit, but something else on the drink menu caught my eye.

“Grey Goose Pear Martini? Is that really sugary sweet?” I asked her.

She said it was sweet, but not overly so, and I decided to give it a shot.

I watched as the bartender muddled a fresh pear, mixed in fresh lime and lemon, and shook them with Grey Goose Pear and Cointreau. She served the drink in a martini glass garnished with a slice of pear.

Her interpretation of the drink was spot on. Sipping it was like biting into a fresh, ripe pear. At the same time, it reminded me a bit of the pear-flavored Jelly Bellies I would pick out of a mixed-flavored bag.

Aunt Claudette ordered a Cable Car, which the menu describes as “different forms of transportation require different ingredients!” In particular, this one includes Captain Morgan’s mixed lemon and orange liqueurs served with a cinnamon-sugared rim.

Despite telling my aunt about my aversion to Captain Morgan’s, she made me try her drink, which I must admit was quite tasty. In the end, she wished she would have tried the Lemon Drop, but more because of personal taste.

When Barbara asked the bartender what she had to offer that was non-alcoholic, she mixed up a special drink with fruit juices that looked colorful and refreshing.

Krista’s has been around since 2004, and has long been making a name for itself. The restaurant is renowned for its good food and hearty portions.

Last year, the Boston Bruins swung by with that shiny cup they had won. Some of the staff even wore shirts the night I was there that read, “Something’s Bruin at Krista’s.”

Although the bar is kind of like a backup singer to the restaurant, it has a lot to offer. The martinis that my aunt and I ordered were $9 and $10, respectively.

There are more than a dozen red and white wines by the glass on the menu, ranging from $6.75 to $10. The beers on tap are constantly changing but cost $4 a glass, and there’s a long list of bottled beer with prices ranging from $3.25 to $8.75.

I certainly can’t wait to head back to Krista’s to try that Lemon Drop and sit out on the porch on a sunny summer afternoon.

Emma Bouthillette is a freelance writer who lives in Biddeford.


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