Brunswick’s newest restaurant and bar, Pepper’s Landing Lobster Co., opened May 6 at the Merrymeeting Plaza, 147 Bath Road, in the former Talbot’s location.

The crisp and contemporary interior brings a lift to the Brunswick dining experience. Prices are moderate and the offerings include some interesting and not often seen items, like the Firecracker Shrimp appetizer: a seafood take on Buffalo wings – fried shrimp tossed in a spicy sweet sauce with celery and blue cheese dressing.

Fried lobster is a surprise entry that I haven’t seen in years. I also thank the owners for including fried oysters, deliciously supporting local oyster farmers.

I was delighted to see the fresh seafood case just inside the entrance with several amazingly large and enticing fin fish. The hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Food & Beverage Events

May 18

Tasting of summer rose wines from France, Italy and Spain, 3-5:30 p.m., Bow Street Market, 79 Bow St., Freeport, 865-6631, free.

May 19

Tao Yuan Restaurant, Gastronomic Tour of Macau, 4-8 p.m. Special menu filled with traditional regional dishes. Beverages priced separately. This dinner continues their gastronomic tour of China, which runs through May 26; 22 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 725-9002, $48 per person, reservations highly recommended.

The Black Tie Co. summer Graze schedule is now available. There are five, five-course, family-style meals presented under a tent at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester. The courses include paired local wines, craft brews and/or distilled spirits. Tickets are $75 per person plus tax and ticket fee. Dates are June 20, July 24, Aug. 14, Sept. 26, and Oct. 16. More information:  theblacktiecompany.eventbrite.com.

Food Features

Bath is home to an exceptional wine shop, Now You’re Cooking, 49 Front St., 443-1402. Their staff can provide suggestions from among their extensive selection. They host monthly free tastings so that you can try something new.

Frontier Café this week features Hanger Steak, Blueberry Tres Leches Cake, and “Berry Bellini” drink specials; Fort Andross Mill 3, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, 725-5222.

Azure Café, 123 Main St., Freeport, continues with $1-a-shuck oysters, Mondays through Memorial Day, 865-1237.

The Brunswick Hotel & Tavern introduces their “Theater Menu” on June 5, which will make it comfortable to stop by for a bite before or after the shows at Maine State Music Theater.

Sande Updegraph lives in Brunswick and is a longtime food writer. She can be reached at [email protected].

Fresh fish at Pepper’s Landing Lobster Co. in Brunswick.

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