Archive for October, 2009
According to the agenda for the upcoming Portland City Council meeting:
- JP’s Bistro (sample menu) is moving in to take over the space formerly occupied by Rachels at 496 Woodford Street.
- Nosh Bar (sample menu) is the name of the “upscale delicatessen and lounge” moving into old The White Heart location at 551 Congress Street. The re-opening of this location help mitigate the contraction in the number of Portland bars as pointed out by PortlandTaps.com.
Don and Samantha Lindgren from Rabelais have authored a guest post on the Fall’s Best Chef Cookbooks for the BA Foodist blog.
The State Theater had just been restored at the time…a number of independently owned businesses were in that neighborhood, and there was an amazing energy that was really starting…we had projected 25 customers the first day and had 250.
James Tranchemontagne, owner of The Frog and Turtle, is opening a new restaurant in Westbrook with his wife and brother. The new business is taking over the space formerly occupied by Freaky Bean on Main Street and will be called The French Press Eatery. They plan on having it open in a few weeks and will be serving “12 different breakfast sandwiches, our donuts, soups, salads, sandwiches and a lot of different coffees”.
The Portland Phoenix has published a review of the bar menu at Styxx.
There is little chance of that at Styxx. The toaster-oven limitation is not overcome but rather accepted as benign. The result is a menu reminiscent of juvenile after-school-with-no-parents-home culinary satisfactions in the modes of crispy, mushy, gooey, greasy, and sweet. The presentations on long rectangular plates, often with a modish drizzle of sauce, are sort of elegant.
The Portland Daily Sun has published a review at Binga’s Stadium.
Some sauces I’d order again, some I wouldn’t. If you don’t want chicken, you can go for ribs. There’s a falafel sandwich and a couple of salads for the meat-averse. The fried pickles sounded interesting but were way too salty. The beer selection is a fraction of what you can get at Great Lost Bear or Novare Res. It seems that I’ve got a laundry list of reasons not to like the place but I loved it, screens and all. Go figure.
For six and a half years, kosher hot dog vendor Perry Mogul wandered in the desert — the desert of Arizona — before returning this summer to Portland.
Portland Food Heads has published a review of the lunch at Big Sky Bread Co.
If you’d like the long and short of it, it is. I’ve eaten just about every incarnation of food they serve; breakfast, sandwiches, salads, soups, bread etc., and I’m happy to say that, while none of it is over-the-top incredible, it’s all very well put together and demands more than a few visits to get the whole picture.
Two local restaurant owners are running for public office in the upcoming election:
Type A Diversions has published a review of brunch at Caiola’s.
I enjoy the little touches that make brunch at Caiola’s special – like the way they steam the milk for my coffee and infuse their blueberry muffins with lavender or other fresh herbs. And I appreciate the fact that we don’t feel rushed. Caiola’s is the kind of spot you can linger over the Sunday paper and have an extra cup of coffee without any guilt.
The weekly Piatto per Tutti cooking class and the Foodie Trivia Contest are taking place this evening. Bar Lola is holding a wine dinner on Tuesday featuring Cotes du Rhone. On Wednesday, The Salt Exchange is running their weekly wine and canapes event. Halloween parties are on the calendar at both Frog & Turtle and Grace. Portland’s weekly Farmers’ Markets are being held in Monument Square on Wednesday and at Deering Oaks Park on Saturday. Hood’s New England Dairy Cook-off is taking place on Sunday. For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.