Oysters seem to be on the mind of every Maine food writer lately, including Emily Burnham of the Bangor Daily News, who visits Three Tides in Belfast for "oysters, beer and bocce." The oysters are Pemaquids, from the fertile beds of the Damariscotta River; the place serves so many of them, says owner David Carlson, that they have their own shell midden with nine years worth of shells. The beer is from Marshall Wharf Brewing Co., next door to Three Tides.
In addition to oysters, Three Tides serves up small plates like crab quesadillas, paninis, stuffed mushrooms and salads. Oh, and the Marshall Wharf beer. Lots of beer — from the perennially popular Weisse Grip Hefeweizen and Illegal Ale-Ian, to more experimental beers like the Deep Purple Rauchbier, a smoked German beer, and seasonal varieties like Cornholio, a Welsh Blonde Ale, and Sexy Chaos, a vanilla and oak aged Russian Imperial Stout.