Timber Kitchen & Bar opens in Bangor

Bangor’s newest dining spot, Timber Kitchen & Bar, opened on Monday.

Located adjacent to the Cross Insurance Center, where Motley Crue and Alice Cooper are expected to take the stage Sunday, the restaurant features a broad menu from appetizers to desserts.

Some highlights from the menu? There’s an Apple Cider Braised Pork Belly appetizer that features grilled stone fruits, caramelized local apples, bitter greens and Maine apple cider reduction. Another appetizer, the Maine Peekytoe Crab Cake includes blistered corn and roasted sweet pepper relish, lemon aioli and micro herbs.

There are soups including a Farmer’s Vegetable Soup with morels, and flatbreads cooked in a brick oven like the Smoky Tomato with oven-roasted tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, overnight tomato sauce and basil pesto.

The signature Timber Burger, one of four burger choices, comes with bourbon bacon jam, caramelized onions, smoked cheddar and something called Timber Sauce on toasted brioche.

In the menu section called “Base Camp Classics,” dishes include Brined Brick-Pressed Chicken, Local Maine Lobster – Two Ways, Small Farms Steak Frites, Ale Battered Fish & Chips and Crab Crusted Haddock — and though they don’t necessarily strike us as the rib sticking fare served in Maine’s logging camps, they do sound tasty.

There are also pastas, sandwiches, salads big and small and a supper menu that’s available after 5 p.m., which includes the Northeast Family Farms “Hog Tasting.” Desserts? Got those too like the Farm House Chocolate Pots de Creme that sound divine.

Before you ask, nope, we haven’t tried it yet. Early reviews on Facebook and Yelp are favorable, but the real test will come over the next few weeks as more people try it and leave their thoughts.

Still, with an impressive menu, we’re excited to try it — and also see how this new restaurant fares here in Bangor.

Timber Kitchen & Bar; 22 Bass Park Blvd., Bangor, ME | 207-433-0844

Sarah Walker Caron

About Sarah Walker Caron

Sarah Walker Caron is senior features editor for the Bangor Daily News, and resident cook. She writes a cooking column, Maine Course, and is also author of "Grains as Mains: Modern Recipes Using Ancient Grains." Her recipes have appeared in the BDN, Betty Crocker publications, Glamour.com and more.