Two years ago Brian Hill, already an established restauranteur with the popular Francine Bistro in Camden, opened one of my favorite restaurants – Shepherd’s Pie. The menu is creative, changes semi-frequently and is always delicious. I have yet to try anything there I would not go back for a second or third time. Skip the wine and get a cocktail or a beer to go with your meal!
Open year-round, it is during the summer this establishment and the town of Rockport are hopping! Between the tourists, summer home owners, sun worshipers at Beauchamp Point and Maine Photographic Workshops students/staff it can be a long wait for a dinner table (I always prefer sitting at the bar, which can be a little easier to secure space at). *The restaurant does not take reservations so go early! As for the crowd – it can range from laid-back with fishermen and locals to a bit elitist, but the food and drink menus are well worth chancing it (if you care – I sort of do much preferring the authenticism of people not donning pastel cable-knit sweaters). *Make sure to stop in Tim Whelan’s fantastic book shop next door (he is a wealth of information for anyone interested in photography) and pick up a catalog for the workshops!!
Curried pickled eggs and (the most incredible, completely addictive) Spicy Smoked peanuts
Fried clam tacos, avocado, cabbage, green tomato