All the Foods and Restaurants in Maine Featured in a New Episode of Netflix’s ‘Somebody Feed Phil’
The popular Netflix food and travel series “Somebody Feed Phil” filmed an episode last summer in southern Maine, which aired Wednesday on the streaming platform as part of the show’s fifth season.
Host Phil Rosenthal – a comedian and writer best known as the creator of the sitcom ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ – visited some of the most popular and unique restaurants, bakeries, farms and food trucks in Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Biddeford and Wisconsin. It also turns out that Rosenthal has a lot of extended family in Maine, who make appearances throughout the episode.
Rosenthal’s laid-back personality and unconditional love of food is a perfect match for the laid-back charms of Maine. As he said in the episode, he believes people are at their best when they live and work in harmony with nature – something Mainers are particularly good at.
Where did he eat in Maine? Keep reading to find out. Warning: there are spoilers for the entire episode below.
Bite Into Maine Food Truck, Cape Elizabeth
After learning some of the ins and outs of lobster fishing on a trip aboard the Portland-based fishing vessel Lucky Catch, Rosenthal visited Portland Head Light and Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, where he sampled a flight of lobster rolls from Bite Into Maine, a longtime food truck. In addition to butter, he tried curry, wasabi and chipotle lobster rolls – but surprisingly, no traditional mayonnaise.
Standard Baking Company, the Thirsty Pig, Leeward and Terlingua, all in Portland
In a quick succession of clips, Rosenthal tries homemade sausages at Thirsty Pig, world-class bread at Standard Baking, Italian cuisine at Leeward and barbecue at Terlingua.
Duck Fat, Portland
Rosenthal sat down with fellow comedian Alex Edelman and they sampled Duckfat’s famous fries, which, as the name suggests, were fried in duck fat. They had them both plain and in poutine, and followed them with a range of milkshakes.
Palace Diner, Biddeford
After visiting the food-focused Rabelais Bookstore in Biddeford, he accompanied the store’s owner, Don Lindgren, to the famous Palace Diner, where the duo sampled the entire menu – it’s a short menu, so it’s theoretically doable. Rosenthal particularly praised the breakfast sandwich, with its silky Japanese-style egg custard, and the tuna melt, which he called “the greatest expression of a tuna sandwich in the world”. .
Burnt Bike, Portland
Charlie Compton started Brulee Bike when he was 15, and Rosenthal loved trying his selection of crème brûlées, sold in a small cart that 22-year-old Compton tows behind his bike. Rosenthal then imposed a series of crème brûlées on passers-by in the street.
Red’s Eats, Wiscasset
While many Mainers may roll their eyes at the inclusion of this tourist trap in this episode, the fact remains that Red’s Eats is incredibly popular for a reason. Rosenthal brought her extended family from Maine there to eat monstrous lobster rolls and sing happy birthday to another diner named Betty.
Tandem Bakery, Portland
Rosenthal Facetimed his comedian girlfriend Judy Gold, and taunted her with the pastries he ate from Tandem Bakery, including their legendary cookies, which the author of this article would like everyone to know are as outrageously delicious as Rosenthal says so.
Buckwheat Flower Farm, Wiscasset
The episode ends with Rosenthal learning to shear sheep on his cousin Amy’s farm, Buckwheat Blossom Farm in Wiscasset. The family then hosted a barbecue featuring the farm’s organic vegetables, lamb and chicken. Rosenthal remarked that, to him, Maine is a lot like paradise. We couldn’t agree more.