Archive for September, 2011

Review of Cobblestones

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

From Away has published a review of Cobblestones.

Overall, I was impressed by today’s sandwich, and tantalized by the other four “specialty” sandwiches available on the menu. I also tried a bowl of the homemade mushroom and dill soup, which was much, much better than any other soup I have tried nearby. Cobblestones represents a nice new addition to Monument Square: a workaday sandwich shop as designed and imagined by people who clearly think about and care a lot about sandwiches.

The Holy Donut Opens Tomorrow

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

The Holy Donut is opening a retail shop on Middle Street. Owner Leigh Kellis tells me that tomorrow morning The Holy Donut will start selling donuts and coffee weekday mornings (7:30 – 10 am) from the first floor of the East Ender at 47 Middle Street.

For tomorrow’s launch she hopes to have 5-6 varieties available including: dark chocolate, ginger sweet potato, plain Maine potato, buttermilk with maple glaze & crushed walnuts and bacon & sharp cheddar.

Review of Havana South

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

The Golden Dish has published a review of Havana South.

For my main course I had the roast chicken breast, which the menu describes as being prepared with a Peruvian marinade. What exactly might that be, I wondered? Whatever it was, the dry rub (or brine) produced a white meat that was so dark, stringy and dry that I thought I had been served an old thigh instead. The accompaniment of purple potatoes and braised kale would have been undecipherable had I not read it on the menu.

Under Construction: The Edge, L.F.K., The Bakery on the Hill

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Here are a few updates on restaurants under construction in Portland:

  • The window at 416 Fore Street has a sign that says “Coming Soon, The Edge”. The Edge was reported on earlier this Summer by the Portland Daily Sun . It is a new venture by the owners of the Spring Point Tavern in South Portland.
  • The former Cunningham’s Bookstore in Longfellow Square is being converted into a neighborhood destination called L.F.K. The space is designed “to look and feel like an old study or library”. Owners Johnny Lomba and John Welliver will also have on display a “modest and rotating collection of old typerwriters with information on various writers who used the same models.” You can see the draft food menu they supplied as part of their liquor license application (page 22) and a floor plan (page 24) online.
  • See below for a photo from the site of The Bakery on the Hill which is under construction on Congress Street a couple doors away from Figa. Between the tin ceiling, hardwood floors and the skylight it has the potential to be a really great space.


Interview with Dave Homa @ the UFF

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

For Episode 4 the Maine Culinary Podcast visited the Urban Farm Fermentory for a very interesting tour of the facility with permaculturist Dave Homa.

Review of Green Elephant

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Will Travel for Vegan Food has published a review of Green Elephant.

Hold onto your hats because at this very moment, this is the best vegan dessert I’ve ever, ever, ever had. I AM already a chocolate lover. So that might have something to do with it. But we’re talkin’ rich, creamy, melty-in-your-mouthy moussey goodness that I’ve never had the pleasure of experiencing until this day. I actually needed to take a time out so that my taste buds could catch up. Wow.

This Week’s Events: Forever Farms, Twilight Dinner, The Man Who Couldn’t Eat, Soil to Supper

Monday, September 5th, 2011

MondayLabor Day, the cultural end of Summer.

Wednesday — the Monument Square Farmers Market is taking place.

Thursday — the Maine Farmland Trust will be at Broadturn Farm in Scarborough to recognize them as part of their statewide Forever Farms program, the next Twilight Dinner at Turkey Hill Farm is taking place, the Great Lost Bear is featuring beer from D.L. Geary at this week’s brewery showcase, there will be a wine & cheese tasting at the Public Market House, and the South Portland Farmers Market is taking place in the afternoon.

FridayRosemont on Brighton is holding a tasting featuring wines from Italy.

Saturday — John Reiner, author of The Man Who Couldn’t Eat, will be at Rabelais for a book signing, The Honey Exchange is holding a Grand Opening as is Bam Bam Bakery, and the Deering Oaks Farmers Market is taking place.

Sunday — longtime vendor at the Farmers Market, Rippling Waters, will be holding the 7th Annual Soil to Supper at their farm in Steep Falls.

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.

Granny’s Burritos Now Open

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Granny’s Burritos reopened today. They’re located on the 2nd floor of the Public Market House in the space formerly occupied by Deux Cochon. This is the 5th location for Granny’s. Owner Chris Godin started on Market Street in the lobby of Granny Killam’s, moved to 10 Exchange Street, then to 420 Fore Street, was closed for a while then for a short time operated at 653 Congress Street, closed again and now is on Monument Square.

Food Coma TV

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Well known Maine food blogger Joe Ricchio is launching Food Coma TV, a video extension of his popular blog Portland Food Coma. Funding for the venture is being crowdsourced and so far has gathered pledges totaling $5,397 which is just $1,100 shy of the goal. You can see a brief video of Joe talking about the project and make a pledge for Food Coma TV page on

For more information listen to the interview by Joe and his producer Alex Steed on the Maine Culinary Podcast, read about FC TV in the Bangor Daily News, or watch an interview with the pair on the Fox morning show.

4 Stars for Zapoteca

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Zapoteca received 4 stars from today’s Maine Sunday Telegram.

At Zapoteca, you’ll find fabulous cocktails, varied appetizers from chipotle pork tacos to mussels with a Mexican twist, and substantial and delicious entrees that bring gourmet flair to south-of-the-border cuisine. The restaurant boasts excellent service in a chic and thematic atmosphere that’s uncluttered and comfortable.

Portland Brew Festival

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Today’s Maine Sunday Telegram includes a report on the Portland Brew Festival.

They were among more than 500 people who filled the Portland Co. Complex for the first of three brew festival sessions this weekend. Situated on the waterfront, the old foundry seemed to be the perfect venue for the festival that continues from noon to 3:30 p.m. today.

Cheap Eats in Portland & Wild Blueberries

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

This Week’s edition of the Portland Phoenix includes a guide to cheap eats in Portland for the newspaper’s annual student guide,

We know you’re dirt poor. Those textbooks are outrageously expensive and you’re forced to divvy out your remaining dollars on cheap beer and illegal substances. We’ve all been there. However, we wanted to remind you that there are places you can afford to eat in Portland that won’t bankrupt you (any more than those student loans will when you graduate). We even helped you with the math and organized it by how many dollars you have in your pocket. So, give up your tray and check out these places.

and a feature article about Maine’s wild blueberry industry.

Whether scooped by hand-held rakes or gathered mechanically by tractors, Maine’s blueberry crop is expected to be down a bit from the recent annual average of 83 million pounds. All told, Maine accounts for nearly all of America’s wild blueberry production, and is second to Michigan (which grows cultivated varieties) in terms of overall blueberry production in America. The US grows more blueberries than any other country in the world; Canada ranks second.


Chef Lewis on WCSH

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Chef Cheryl Lewis from El Rayo recently appeared on WCSH to demonstrate how to make her Baby Arugula and Watermelon Salad.

Schulte & Herr Now Open

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

A German restaurant called Schulte & Herr is now open for business at 349 Cumberland Ave serving breakfast and lunch. Try the traditional German breakfast plate of cheeses, prepared meats, fruit, bread, jam and cornichons.

August 2011 Monthly Stats

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

The 10 eateries looked up most often in August on Portland Food Map were:

  1. Miyake (3)
  2. Zapoteca (1)
  3. Street & Co. (28)
  4. Petite Jacqueline (2)
  5. Fez (4)
  6. The Thirsty Pig (>50)
  7. White Cap Grille (6)
  8. Cobblestones (9)
  9. Boda (11)
  10. Paciarino (35)

The numbers in parentheses indicates their rank last month