The 158 Pickett Street Cafe in South Portland, Maine, offers a terrific breakfast and lunch menu centered around homemade bagel sandwiches, running the gamut from the classic New England bacon, egg, and cheddar to the “Hippie” with hummus, cucumbers, carrots, greens, and seeds. All are served in a wonderfully clever yet basic Maine fashion—artfully arranged in a pie tin rather than on a regular plate. My husband’s favorite breakfast has long been a toasted bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon, so it is no surprise that this is our favorite combination to order at the Pickett Street Cafe, no matter what the time of day.
Pickett Street Cafe gussies up its bagel and smoked salmon presentation with thinly sliced cucumbers, red onion, capers, and sprigs of fresh dill, garnishes we now love to use at home as well. I have even gone so far as to buy a couple of old pie tins so we can totally relive the Pickett Street Cafe experience when in our Cape Cod kitchen. Plain or whipped Philadelphia cream cheese is absolutely fine to spread on the bagels, but if you are feeling extra energetic you may want to stir up a batch of my Preppy Cream Cheese, a family favorite. Needless to say, high-quality smoked salmon is a must to serve with the bagels and the hardwood-smoked salmon from Sullivan Harbor Farm in Hancock Village, Maine, is an excellent choice to use here.
Written by Sarah Leah Chase
Sarah develops recipes and concepts for her husband Nigel’s specialty food company, Coastal Goods. She lives with her family on Cape Cod, where she enjoys oystering and gardening as much as cooking.