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Aimsel Ponti

Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at MaineToday.com and a music writer for MaineToday.com and the Portland Press Herald. She has been obsessed with - and inspired by - music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She bought her first Rolling Stones record at a flea market when she was in 7th grade and discovered David Bowie a year later. She's a HUGE fan of the local music scene and covers it along with national musical happenings in her "Face the Music" column and with artist interviews that appear in print in the Portland Press Herald and online at Mainetoday.com. You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets. Aimsel is also the host of Music from 207 on 98.9 WCLZ and appears monthly on the WCHS TV show “207” to talk about...music of course.

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Posted: July 26, 2018

Mamie’s Farmhouse serves hefty sandwiches with a side of charm

Written by: Aimsel Ponti

On the back of the Mamie’s Farmhouse menu it says, “We make delicious old fashioned sandwiches. We roast chicken and turkey along with the freshest vegetables.” I’m here to tell you, it’s all true!

Mamie’s Farmhouse opened in Scarborough a little more than four years ago, but we just found each other the other day. I pulled into the parking lot around 1 p.m., and it was love at first sight – let alone first bite. Mamie’s is in a lovely yellow farmhouse with an equally lovely outdoor seating area and the old-fashioned vibe I read about on the menu.

The interior has a classic feel to it, and I look forward to heading back there in the fall when I can tuck into a cozy spot in the rustic inside eating area with the old piano and vintage lamps.

The day I visited, however, it was a snapshot-perfect summer day, so although I had intended on buzzing back to the office to nosh, I ended up spending a few minutes at a picnic table by a group of old trees and allowed myself five full minutes of unplugged lunchtime leisure.

But make no mistake, I also tore into my chicken cordon blue panini quicker than a Chris Sale fastball reaches home plate. The sandwich is a hefty offering of chicken, ham, bleu cheese, Swiss cheese and garlic aioli. I say hefty because when it was handed to me the voice inside my head whispered, “You’ll never finish that.” But, of course, I ate every morsel. The feast began at the picnic table, continued in my car and concluded back at my desk. I couldn’t help myself, such was the flavor symphony upon my taste buds.

Mamie’s offers sandwiches, wraps and paninis, and the entire menu jumped out at me – all reasonably priced between $7 and $8. Two highlights are the Machias panini (turkey, swiss, bacon and mayo) and The Greek sandwich or wrap (chicken or hummus, feta, olives, tomato, lettuce and balsamic drizzle).

Although I’ve sworn off sweets, it didn’t stop me from feasting my eyes on the baked goods situation at Mamie’s. The case runneth over with cookies, bars, turnovers, brownies, cream horns and other sweet-tooth satisfying offerings, all baked on premise. Mamie’s Farmhouse also carries Shaker Pond ice cream.

The thing I appreciated most about Mamie’s Farmhouse is that it’s not trying to dazzle highfalutin foodies with complicated menu items but keeps it fairly simple. However, if my sandwich – and the lineup of baked goods – were any indication, it’s doing something very right, and I’m thankful I finally made my way down County Road to pay them a visit.

Mamie’s Farmhouse

WHERE: 97 County Road, Scarborough. (207) 222-0125. mamiesfarmhouse.com
HOURS: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday
WAIT: About five minutes
PARKING: Lot
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Yes

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