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Ray Routhier

Portland Press Herald staff writer Ray Routhier will try anything. Once. During 20 years at the Press Herald he’s been equally attracted to stories that are unusually quirky and seemingly mundane. He’s taken rides on garbage trucks, sought out the mother of two rock stars, dug clams, raked blueberries, and spent time with the family of bedridden man who finds strength in music. Nothing too dangerous mind you, just adventurous enough to find the stories of real Mainers doing real cool things.

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Posted: August 20, 2018

Rosemont brings its array of foodie treats to Cape Elizabeth

Written by: Ray Routhier

From the outside, the Rosemont Market & Bakery on Shore Road looks a lot like the quintessential neighborhood market of days gone by.

But inside, it has a wide sampling of the kinds of treats that make Greater Portland a modern foodie mecca.

My family and I aren’t exactly modern foodies, but we do like food. So we were excited to find that the market had so many different treats we love or wanted to try.

The Cape Elizabeth location opened last November and is Rosemont’s sixth market – with four others in Portland and one in Yarmouth.

On a recent Saturday when I didn’t feel like cooking or doing dishes (you may have read this line in my work before), my daughter Sophie and I decided to browse Rosemont for easy dinner options.

We ended up buying a crusty baguette ($3) and about a quarter pound of Old Forest salami ($3.22) to make little appetizer sandwiches. We also bought three giant slices of mushroom pizza ($3.24 each) and two orders of spicy salmon sushi rolls from the Miyake in Portland ($7.25 each).

We had picked the salami originally because it is shaped like a flower. But it had a delicately-spicy flavor that instantly made it one of my favorite salamis ever.

The pizza was room temperature, stored with other baked goods. Being a market and bakery, it made sense that the dough was excellent, very airy and light with a crispy crust. The fact that it wasn’t served hot was nice, because we bought our goodies in mid-afternoon and ate at dinner time.

The sushi rolls had cooked salmon, a spicy sauce and some thin almonds on top. They held together well and tasted very fresh.

For dessert, we sampled a Rosemont brownie ($2.50) and a hermit with stripes of icing ($1.39). Both were excellent, moist and very flavorful.

For the four of us, we spent about $34 and  had leftovers for lunch the next day.

The market has lots of other grab-and-go lunch and dinner options. There’s gazpacho and other soups, sandwiches, quiche, a host of baked treats, plus salads like peanut and noodle, sesame scallion quinoa and lentil with chickpeas and feta. When we were in, there was a list on the wall of prepared foods and baked goods that would be available on certain days that week. The list included a sausage, fennel and mushroom lasagna (Wednesday), a basil pesto torta (Thursday) and chicken pot pie (Tuesday). All the market’s prepared foods are made daily in Rosemont’s Portland kitchen.

There were also harder-to-find (for me, anyway) local microbrews, an extensive wine selection, produce, a really nice deli counter with meats and cheeses and lots of gourmet cooking ingredients.

Located on the South Portland line near The Cookie Jar, the Cape Elizabeth Rosemont is near several picturesque waterfront spots, like Willard Beach or Fort Williams, which makes it a perfect place to pick up picnic supplies.

Rosemont Market & Bakery

WHERE: 537 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth. (207) 536-1768, rosemontmarket.com
HOURS: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
WAIT: A couple minutes while the salami was being sliced
PARKING: Yes
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Yes
OTHER LOCATIONS: 40 Pine St., 5 Commercial St., 88 Congress St. and 580 Brighton Ave. in Portland; 96 Main St. in Yarmouth

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