When The Black Birch threw open its doors in 2011, the team was really planting a flag in the ground: the Kittery Foreside district deserves great food and drink. Though the restaurant paved the way for the many others, the OG kid on the block continues to turn out exciting plates and cocktails in a warm, lively dining room and bar where the party practically spills out the door. Poutine and Duck Confit with hand-cut fries, fresh cheese curds, and rich gravy has been on the menu since day one, and you’ll always find some iteration of super-snackable Deviled Eggs 3 Ways. But most of the menu is in constant flux. So there’s always something new and exciting to try—like Pierogis stuffed with squash, pickled pear, leek soubise, and black trumpet gremolata—and always something you’re pining for, like the shatteringly-crisp brick chicken you scan the menu for on every visit, hoping they’ll bring it back. Not back this time? Console yourself with a Dancy Dirting, a cheery blend of mezcal, tawny port, dry vermouth, pineapple, lemon, and mint. You’re bound to leave satisfied to the bone.