When it comes to eating apples, would you prefer to pick up the tab than pick your own? Fortunately, you don’t have to find your way around an orchard or the oven to enjoy apple season in Portland. And why would you, when our renowned restaurants are cooking up apples dishes like crazy. Here’s how to get an apple a day without lifting a finger.
Photo courtesy of Boda
Watch out Waldorf, this apple salad from Boda is nothing you'll find in a Betty Crocker cookbook. The apples come with shrimp, toasted coconut and roasted peanuts in a sweet and sour dressing of palm sugar, fish sauce and lime juice.
Boda, 671 Congress St., Portland
Photo courtesy of Sur Lie
If apples are your jam, then Sur Lie's got you covered. Its cider and apple jam is an accompaniment to Balfour Farm gouda, an aged raw cow's milk cheese from Pittsfield.
Sur Lie, 11 Free St., Portland
Photo courtesy of Stonewall Kitchen
But you don't have to leave your house (or a tip) to get a taste of jam made with Maine apples. Wow guests by serving up Stonewall Kitchen's Maine apple onion jam with crackers, or use it as a glaze for meat or add-in for mashed potatoes. The York-based company has 10 stores, including one in Portland, so stock up.
Stonewall Kitchen, 182 Middle St., Portland
Photo courtesy of BiBo's Madd Apple Cafe
A restaurant with "apple" in its name is bound to incorporate the fall fruit in its menu. Served as a starter at brunch and dinner, the apple fritters at BiBo's Madd Apple Cafe are dusted with cinnamon sugar and drizzled with maple syrup.
BiBo's Madd Apple Cafe, 23 Forest Ave., Portland
Photo courtesy of Two Fat Cats Bakery
Why slave away in the kitchen when Two Fat Cats is your neighbor? Its seasonal pie made of local Cortland and McIntosh apples is the picture of perfection.
Two Fat Cats Bakery, 47 India St., Portland
Photo courtesy of The Holy Donut
The Holy Donut uses chopped Maine apples and reduced cider glaze from Ricker Hill Orchards in Turner for its seasonal apple doughnut, available just for a month, from mid-September to Oct. 15.
The Holy Donut, 7 Exchange St. and 194 Park Ave., Portland
Photo courtesy of Mount Desert Island Ice Cream
Mount Desert Island Ice Cream, which has a store in Portland, uses fruit from The Apple Farm in Fairfield and honey from Aroostook Valley Honey Farm in its Honey Baked Apple ice cream. It's hard to keep this best-seller in stock, so consider yourself lucky to get a lick.
Mount Desert Island Ice Cream, 51 Exchange St., Portland