Dockside Restaurant, York Harbor, Maine

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YORK HARBOR, Maine — It would be easy for the Dockside restaurant to rely solely on its water-side setting. It is, after all, gorgeous, nestled on the shores of Harris Island with views of a boat-filled harbor, rocky Maine coastline, and island-studded Atlantic Ocean. But chef Dennis LaPlante’s dishes are equally stunning.

Take the creamy mozzarella, made by LaPlante early each morning, and served with a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar, or the piping hot crock of house-made white bean hummus, or the peekytoe native crab and wild mushroom cakes served with toasted corn arugula salad. “I think the best way to approach food is with heart and honesty,” says LaPlante. “Start with the best product and keep it genuine.”

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