It’s Summer again and it seems I always subconsciously celebrate with a day trip to Ogunquit, Maine. I know, I know, you’re probably wondering what the hell my obsession with Maine is all about?! Well, you’ll have to visit and find out for yourself. But to give you a hint: the ocean, amazing views, and great food!
One of the first restaurants I ever visited in Ogunquit was Cornerstone Artisanal Pizza roughly 4 years ago. Cornerstone is a restaurant with a great bar, delicious food, and a fantastic outdoor patio; perfect for Summer dining and people watching, hehe. I personally enjoy sitting at the bar because you get a great view of the pizza oven and get to watch your food being made! I also enjoy making small talk with the bartenders; they always have the best suggestions for local treasures. To start my visit on the right foot, I ordered a Maine Beer Company Lunch Double IPA and Adam enjoyed an Older & Fashioned; Cornerstone’s take on an old fashioned. Both delicious. With a slight buzz we decided it was time for food!
The other benefit to having a great bartender is that they give great recommendations on what you MUST try and what to avoid. Our bartender, Jeremiah, gave us his top 3 picks for salads/small plates and flatbreads! Check ’em out:
Salads/Small Plates: Maine Rock Crab Salad, Sweet Cherry Peppers, The Palace Hotel Salad
Flatbreads: Brosero Cubano, Farmhouse, Sweet Chicken Fig
After much debate, we ordered the sweet cherry peppers and palace hotel salad to start. First off, Jeremiah was on point with his suggestions; he’s possibly my new best friend! It sounds cliche but the ingredients were super fresh and the flavors perfectly balanced. The two dishes were also very light so that made for the perfect appetizers. After licking our plates clean, we spent some time deciding what pizza to get. Stuck between two choices, Jeremiah informed us that we can do a half-and-half with any two pizza options. Like a superhero, Jeremiah saved the day! Without hesitation we decided to do half brosero cubano and half sweet chicken fig.
We placed our order and watched our pizza come to life. From stretching the dough to removing it from the oven, each step is on full display for your viewing pleasure. After a very short wait, our pizza was served hot and fresh from the oven. Wow! The cubano was a unique combination of flavors I’ve never seen on a pizza before. Like a traditional Cuban sandwich, it had pickled red onion, yellow mustard, and dill pickle chips. The sweet chicken fig, featuring a fig-marscapone pureé, was a nice blend of sweet and savory, pairing very well with the saltiness of the cubano. I’ll admit our pizza was on the adventurous side so if you’re not up for chancing exotic flavors, Cornerstone has more traditional flavors to choose from too. I’d have to say out of all the food we ate, my favorite was the sweet cherry peppers; the sausage made in-house literally melts in your mouth … literally.
We polished off the last of the food and washed it down with a couple more drinks. Why I thought this was a good idea BEFORE the beach, I’m not sure, but off we went!
If you’re in the Ogunuit area and looking for a classic place to grab some fresh pizza and a cool drink, stop into Cornerstone Pizza and enjoy the views! Did I mention the rustic interior? Now go enjoy Summer!