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Year round Camden, Maine, restaurants surprise

The table is set for dinner at Salt Water Farm in nearby Rockport.
The table is set for dinner at Salt Water Farm in nearby Rockport.Credit: WhereDoYouGoTo/Design Co.

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CAMDEN, Maine — Portland may get lavish attention as a food destination in New England, and deservedly so, but per capita, one town in Maine beats the others for its concentration of excellent restaurants serving year round. At first glance, you might not suspect this of quaint Camden, population 4,800 — a number that grows in the summertime. But take a closer look. We’re not talking lobster shacks, delis, and diners, but elegant gems and ethnic surprises.

Over the last couple of years the village has enjoyed a flurry of new or reimagined restaurants. These range from Latin fusion to inventive wood-fired pizzas by a James Beard nominee.

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