A Foodie's Guide to Going South

An eclectic mix of restaurants along the East Coast can make that long yacht delivery south (or north!) a master's program in top-notch gastronomy. Join Annie Lannigan as she and her crew dine their way from Camden, Maine, to the Florida Keys. Read the full story in our October 2012 issue.

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Chef Stephen Corry works magic at Five Fifty-five. Congress Street, Portland, Maine.Courtesy of Five Fifty-five

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Five Fifty-five Menu: poached east port salmon
farmer's red & gold beets . olive oil dust . caraway-rye crumble 27.95 quinoa-crusted colorado lamb loin
roasted eggplant puree. zucchini pearls . chic pea croquette. greek yogurt emulsion 33.95 pepper-crusted new england scallops
whipped fennel-potatoes . butter-glazed local summer beans . organic baby carrot-vanilla emulsion 28.95 gulf of maine hake
creamed corn . spanish chorizo . traditional gremolata . grilled countneck clams 27.95 sumner valley chicken
summer squash puree . herbed-spaetzle . seared maitake mushrooms . madeira cream 26.95 summer-inspired steak
local sweet vidalia onion puree . lemony kale . fishbowl farm's radishes . red wine sauce three-day marinated hanger steak...27.95 / filet mignon with foie gras butter...33.95 truffled lobster "mac & cheese"
butter-poached shucks maine lobster . artisanal cheese blend . torchio pasta . white truffle oil . shaved black truffles 31.95 (add more lobster...7.95) "chef's vegetarian whim"
changing nightly, the chef is always happy to accomodate vegetarians, vegans, gluten allergies, etc. he will create a dish just for you! (please give 24 hour notice for the custom vegetarian/vegan whim)
Courtesy of Five Fifty-five

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Margaret's Cafe serves up creative seafood dishes, made with fresh catches from the boats that dock within sight of its humble kitchen.Annie Lannigan

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Margaret's Cafe, Main Street, Fairhaven, MA.Annie Lannigan

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The Standard Baking Co. tempts visitors with luscious pastries. Commerical Street, Portland, Maine.Courtesy of The Standard Baking Co.

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Francine Bistro relies on terroir (the way the local water and air impart uniqueness) for fine flavors. Chestnut Street, Camden, Maine.Courtesy of Francine Bistro

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Francine Bistro Menu: Sweet Corn Soup
chanticleers Chilled Pemaquid Oysters
cider mignonette Barbequed Lamb Riblets
spartan apple, celery root, radish, spiced honey Sizzling Rope Grown Mussels
herbs, lime, black butter Tender Lettuces
fines herbs, lemon vinaigrette Crispy Day Boat Halibut
leeks, ginger, chilies, green mango, crab Tea Brined Duck
swiss chard, parsnip frites, sauce bigarade Steak Frites
pan roast of bistro steak, provencal herb frites Lemongrass Braised Pork
shiitakes, bok choy, basmati, spicy pickles
Courtesy of Francine Bistro

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Courtesy of Francine Bistro

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Menu from Thames Street Kitchen, Newport, RI simply greens 8
radish/ shallot/ chives peach salad 10
feta cheese/ blueberries/ marcona almonds arancini 11
wild mushroom/ fontina/ mache house made fettuccini 12
clams/ smoked mussels/ fines herbs "bacon and eggs " 10
pork belly/ oeufs baveuse/ crouton ny strip 35
fingerling potatoes/ bacon/ sofrito black sea bass 32
tomato/ couscous/ opal basil striper 28
broccoli rabe/ babaganoush/ panisse grilled half chicken 25
jamaican curry/ hush puppies/ corn on the cob veal milanese 14
lemon/ caper/ parsley blt 10
fried green tomato/ gazpacho rib eye 35
au poivre/ peppercorn sauce/ swiss chard cornish game hen 27
wild mushroomss/ pomme dauphine/ chicken jus lobster 36
serrano ham/ artichoke / haricot vert
John Snyder

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Te Mana Annie Lannigan has been a life-long sailor, starting with her dyer dinghy which she played in at the age of 5. Several years and many boats later, she focused on finding the boat which would take her blue water cruising. Annie and her sailing partner settled on having a new boat designed and built, in order to meet their criteria. Annie has spent the better part of her career, working with naval architects and custom boat builders, so the short list was easy to generate. Chuck Paine's office was chosen to design Te Mana, while Kanter Yachts, of Ontario Canada was the builder. Built out of aluminum, for strength and light-weight, Te Mana features a large pilothouse and an engine room with power-boat like accessibility. The main tenants of the design were to carry and easily deploy a large tender, have expansive pilothouse views, unencumbered walkability on deck, and make 200+ mile days when on passage. Her comfortable motion and great upwind ability are due to Paine's Bougainvillea proven underbody design. Te Mana has cruised over 30,000 miles, from the remote Canadian Maritimes to the Caribbean. She is currently cruising New England.John Snyder