Where to Eat on Thanksgiving

November 23rd, 2017

A number of local restaurants are serving traditional Thanksgiving dinners today:

  • Restaurants
    • BlueFin is serving a buffet, $49 per person, ages 6-12 $25 and children under 6 are free.
    • Bolster Snow is serving a 3-course dinner for $60 per person, 11 – 3.
    • Congress Squared, 3-course.
    • Five Fifty-Five, 4-course dinner for $88 per person, there’s also a 3-course children’s dinner for $35 per person, 12:20-8:30.
    • Harraseeket Inn is serving their Thanksgiving Grand Buffet.
    • Saltwater Grille is serving a Thanksgiving buffet 11:30 – 5, $55 per person, $20 for children 12 and under.
    • Sea Glass is serving their Thanksgiving Grand Buffet, $66 per adult, $24 per child, 12-7.
    • Tempo Dulu, 5 courses, $85 per person with optional wine and cocktail pairings for $55 or $59, 1 – 7.
    • Timber, 4-course dinner, $49 per person, 12 – 8.
    • Twenty Milk Street is serving a Thanksgiving dinner, 12 – 7.
    • Union is serving a 3-course meal for $55 per person with a children’s menu for $16.
    • Zackery’s is serving a Thanksgiving buffet, $32 per adult, $28 for seniors, children under 10 pay their age, 11 – 2.
  • Community Dinner
    • The Wayside Food Programs will hold a community dinner at the Portland Club, 11 – 1.

Goodfire Brewing Opens Today

November 22nd, 2017

Goodfire Brewing is opening their brewery today and will be selling cans of their India Pale Ale, Prime.

The brewery is located at 219 Anderson Street, and will be open noon – 8pm.

Under Construction: Tuscan Table

November 22nd, 2017

Former Cinque Terre/Vignola chef Lee Skawinski will be headlining a new Italian restaurant call Tuscan Table (facebook, instagram) in South Portland.

Tuscan Table will be located at 390 Gorham Road next to Books-A-Million at the Mall. The 165-seat restaurant is part of the same restaurant group as the Royal River Grill House and Tuscan Bistro. The owners hope to open in mid-December.

Winter Farmers’ Market New Location

November 21st, 2017

The City Council approved ordinance changes last night that cleared the way for the Winter Farmers’ Market to move to 631 Stevens Ave to the building occupied by the Maine Girls’ School.

The first market is scheduled for December 2nd, 9 – 1.

This Week’s Events: Brooklyn Brewing Dinner, Thanksgiving Pop-up, Thanksgiving

November 20th, 2017

Monday – Sur Lie is serving a beer dinner in collaboration with Brooklyn Brewing.

Tuesday9 vendors are holding a Thanksgiving Pop-up at the Fork Food Lab.

Wednesday – the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thursday – it’s Thanksgiving. If you’re looking to eat out, see our list of restaurants serving Thanksgiving Day dinners.


For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

If you are holding a food event this week that’s not listed above, publicize it by adding it as a comment to this post.

Reviews: Cong Tu Bot, Little Giant, Panda Garden, Ruski’s

November 19th, 2017

The Portland Press Herald has reviewed Panda Garden,

The wings were golden and crispy and just mildly spicy. The chicken fingers were in a fluffy batter, the kind I remember jumbo shrimp being prepared in. The crab Rangoon were crispy wontons with a creamy crab mixture inside.

the Peter Peter Portland Eater has reviewed Cong Tu Bot and Little Giant, and

As I walk away from Cong Tu Bot, I am left with delight. I like spicy food that is actually spicy and that’s what they serve. It’s all very tasty too; the spice is just an added bonus. If you don’t like heat, there are items for you – primarily the pho, but you certainly don’t have to avoid going. Add in the interesting ambiance and this is a place I’ll be visiting again in the near future. It will be a great cold weather hideaway this winter.

The Golden Dish has reviewed Ruski’s.

uski’s still makes a mean burger. A delicious half pound of beef is perfectly charbroiled and set onto a commercially made roll. The fries come from a freezer bag and the onion rings, too. Is this bad? No not really. But what really matters is the flavor of the beef and how it’s prepared. Ruski’s buys their meat from the Fresh Approach Market butcher who, I might add, sells the most economical pound of good ground beef chuck in town at $3.49 per pound (as of this week; the price fluctuates).

Kickstarter: Stars & Stripes Brewing

November 18th, 2017

Stars and Stripes Brewing Co. (website, facebook, instagram) has raised $10,000 towards a $20k funding goal on Kickstarter. The money, in conjunction with a bank loan, will go towards equipment, construction and opening a tap room.

Our taproom will serve as a hub to welcome, honor, and support our veterans and to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. All are welcome! We believe that not all wounds are visible, and understand first-hand the often difficult transition from military life into civilian life.

Stars & Stripes will “raise a toast” and honor veteran organizations on a quarterly basis by proudly donating a percentage of proceeds through our Stars & Stripes Fund. All beer is made by a combat veteran and has a military themed name.

Founder and former Marine, Brad Nadeau plans to open Stars & Stripes sometime this Winter.

Under Construction: Dunstan Tap and Table

November 17th, 2017

Brian and Jennifer Brenerman, owners of Shay’s in Monument Square, are in the process of building out Dunstan Tap & Table (website, facebook, instagram) in Scarborough. The “neighborhood joint serving elevated pub food and drink with an upscale casual vibe” will be located at 1000 Portland Street in the Dunstan Crossing Development.

Kerry Hanney, Baker

November 17th, 2017

This week’s Portland Phoenix has published an article about Kerry Hanney, the baker/owner of Night Moves Bread + Pie.

Kerry will soon be 31 years old, her wholesale business is thriving and expansion is a future certainty.

“The physical aspect of bread baking is empowering,” says Kerry. “Further, the positive reaction of the community has helped confirm that I made the right career decision. I get to work with fun and creative people everyday. My next step is to partner with the Maine Grain Alliance and work on public health and social enterprise; it’s time to share my good fortune with others.”

Hanney has launched a crowdfunding campaign to scale up her operation and open her own retail bakery.

Rover Bagels Open Today

November 16th, 2017

Rover Woodfired Bagels & Pizza (facebook, instagram, twitter) opens this morning at 7am. They’re located at 111 Elm Street in Biddeford. Rover will be open 7 – 2 serving bagels. They plan to expand their menu to include pizza after Thanksgiving.

Owners Alec Rutter and Kim Chaurette launched Rover in Salem, Mass. where they had built and enthusiastic fan base for their Montreal-style bagels. Co-owner Alec Rutter has Maine roots, and the growing community of food businesses in the City have made that city an appealing place to locate.

Under Construction: Black Cow (Updated)

November 15th, 2017

Jay Villani, Nicholas Nappi and Garry Bowcott have announced plans to launch a new restaurant called Black Cow. The new project will be located at 83 Exchange Street where it will take-over the space currently occupied by Sonny’s. The concept for Black Cow is of a “soda fountain reimagined” open for lunch and dinner with a “focus on great burgers, classic sodas and an inventive cocktail program”.

Early word on Black Cow originally surfaced in 2015 with a pop-up in 2016. Since the partners have been working to develop their business plan and searching for the right space for the business. The release quotes Nappi, “This project has been a long time in the making and I am very excited to see it come to fruition. My hope is to provide a place where you can get approachable hand-made food in an atmosphere of relaxed hospitality.”

Sonny’s last day of service will be on December 31st with Black Cow slated to open in February.

Update: The Press Herald has now also published an article about the transition of Sonny’s into Black Cow.

Under Construction: Rosemont in Cape Elizabeth

November 15th, 2017

Rosemont Market has published a short set of photos from the construction site of their upcoming store on 537 Shore Road in Cape Elizabeth.

Under Construction: Legend’s Rest Taproom

November 14th, 2017

Tom Minervino along with his sister Meg and business partner Mike Barton have leased 1000 sq ft of space at 855 Main Street in Westbrook where they plan to open Legend’s Rest Taproom (facebook, instagram, twitter). 855 Main is located in the same building as Big Fin Poké.

Legend’s Rest will feature smashed burgers and a rotating selection of local draft beers and will have a full bar.

The Minervino family also founded and operates Samuel Bar and Grill, and Tomaso’s Canteen.

Legend’s will be working with the creative folks at Might and Main to develop the branding for the business.

Legend’s Rest will join Quill Books & Beverage and Veranda Thai (672 Main St), both of which are also under construction in Westbrook.

Local Spirits x 2

November 13th, 2017

Yesterday’s Maine Sunday Telegram included an article the rise of craft distilleries and their use of locally farmed products to make their spirits.

Maine craft distilleries, following in the footsteps of craft brewers, are using more local agricultural products in their spirits. Two years ago, Maine Craft Distilling bought 26,000 pounds of Maine-grown malted barley; this year, Davidson expects to go through 312,000 pounds. The distillery also uses 20,000 pounds of Maine blueberries annually in its blueberry moonshine.

This Week’s Events: Frederiksdal Kirsebaervin, P’Alante Maine, Closing Maine’s Hunger Gap, Beaujolais Nouveau, Sweet Tooth Truffles, 1820 Wines, Thanksgiving List

November 13th, 2017

MondayEighteen Twenty Wines will be interviewed on WMPG’s radio show Food Stories, and Bier Cellar is holding a Frederiksdal Kirsebaervin cherry wine tasting. Bier Cellar describes he tastes as “wines [that] live in the union of red wine and Port”.

Tuesday – Restaurants across the state are collaborating in P’Alante Maine to raise money for hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

WednesdayMark Winne will be speaking at USM about Closing Maine’s Hunger Gap: Exploring Myths, Realities, Solutions, Old Port Wine Merchants is holding a Thanksgiving wine tasting, and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

ThursdayMJ’s is celebrating the release of this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau and Petite Jacqueline is holding a Beaujolais Nouveau wine dinner. A Fall wine tasting is taking place at Maine & Loire, and there will be a release party for Same Sun at The Thirsty Pig.

FridayOxbow is releasing Native/Wild Barrel Select: 89, Sweet Tooth Truffles is holding a launch party at Fork Food Lab and Eighteen Twenty Wines is opening their tasting room.

SaturdayFalafel Underground is holding a Turkish Pop-up Dinner in Biddeford, Bolster Snow is kicking off their new brunch service this weekend, and the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thanksgiving – see the our list of restaurants serving Thanksgiving Day dinners.

For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

If you are holding a food event this week that’s not listed above, publicize it by adding it as a comment to this post.