Archive for February, 2014

Under Construction: Lolita

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Lolita (facebook, website), the new restaurant that Guy and Stella Hernandez and their business partners have under construction in the East End, has applied for a liquor license.

As usual the application includes a floor plan (shown below) and draft menu (page 39). The owners are aiming to launch Lolita in May and will be open 7 days a week, 11 am to 11 pm. It will be located at 90 Congress Street.

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Reviews of Central Provisions

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Booze, Fish & Coffee has reviewed Central Provisions.

Aside from the forethought about design and flow, we also really, really liked the food. Chef Chris Gould brings some familiar classics, and reimagines them by adding a single unconventional but brilliant ingredient, such as the nutty brussels sprouts with pecorino and pine nuts, but also with a hint of horseradish. The bread and butter is truly transcendent, both for the creamy, slightly salty butter and the genius inclusion of a raw farm egg on the plate. The porchetta board includes not only slices of swine heaven in the porchetta, but also sunchokes, soft rolls, and a tangy apple-dijon mustard sauce that made the dish sing.

Green Crab Invasion & Review of Eventide/Street & Co.

Friday, February 28th, 2014

This week’s Portland Phoenix includes an article about the invasive green crab and the impact its having on the Maine shellfish industry,

They’re green, they’re mean, and they’re endangering not only Maine’s soft-shell clam population, but also oysters, mussels, lobsters, and eelgrass. This menace is known as the green crab (a/k/a carcinus maenas), an invasive, omnivorous species that has been in Maine for 114 years but only recently began affecting the productivity of clam flats in places like Freeport, Brunswick, and on down the coast.

The new issue also includes a review of Eventide and Street & Co.

Bar Review of Empire

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

The Press Herald has published a bar review of Empire.

Dragon’s Milk, Shiso Crazy, Yellow Fever. These are a few of the cocktails you’ll find at Empire Chinese Kitchen in Portland’s arts district. Scorpion bowls don’t cross the menu, nor do cocktails with tiny paper umbrellas.

West End Deli Now Open

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

The West End Deli opened at their new location (photo) at 545 Congress Street yesterday. The new store is located immediately adjacent to Emilitsa and just a couple blocks away from Monument Square.

Allagash Brewing & Rob Tod

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Maine magazine has published a feature article about Allagash Brewing and its founder Rob Tod.

But, while walking back through the Allagash brewery past a door that reads: “Innovation: Continually pushing the limits of beer and ourselves,” I can’t help but feel that some magic has happened here that, if not found in the chili, must be hiding in that little sugar-hut-looking koelschip building built off the back of the brewery. There, shrouded in clouds of sweaty steam and fed by locally sourced and totally free yeast that comes through church-like stained glass windows near the ceiling, the brown, syrupy wort will be fermented and aged for another two years before being sold in little batches that usually sell out in a couple of days.

Interview with John Golden

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Eater Maine has published an interview with Press Herald blogger and restaurant critic John Golden.

How do you chose the restaurants for review?
I try to chose those that haven’t been written about in a long time. Obviously, there’s the new ones. I don’t write about them in a review until they’ve been around at least two months. I’ll do my first look on the blog, but you have to give them some time. Some of it is what I’m in the mood for. This past month, I’ve been doing inexpensive places. That’s been fun but I can’t wait to go to good restaurants again.

A Feast Of Best Dishes

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

The Press Herald recently polled a set of local chefs and random other food experts, including yours truly, about their favorite dishes from the last 12 months.

This year, once again, I’ve asked some local chefs, food writers and bloggers to weigh in and name a favorite restaurant dish they discovered in the state during the past 12 months. And judging by the number of exclamation points in their responses, they found some real gems.

The full list of recommendations was published in today’s paper. They range all over the board from fish chowder at Pizza Villa to the squid tappanyaki dish at Long Grain.

Jonah Fertig Leaves Local Sprouts

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

The Portland Daily Sun reports that Local Sprouts co-founder Jonah Fertig is leaving the restaurant to help other organizations become cooperatives.

Jonah Fertig, who co-founded Local Sprouts seven years ago, is moving on from the food cooperative to plant new seeds. “I am leaving … to now help other people start cooperatives and community projects in the Maine food system,” he said on Facebook at the beginning of the month. “I’m sad to leave and excited to start a new journey in life.”

Bissell Brother Interview

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

The Bier Cellar has posted an interview with Peter Bissell.

Tell us about The Substance and where it came from. The name comes from an experience in the Nevada desert on a road trip we took in 2009. A story for another time, perhaps. The beer has been a work in progress for almost as long as we’ve been planning the brewery. It’s everything we love about beer – soft, bursting with flavor, crushable, and most importantly, possessing a flavor profile that’s distinct and unique.

The Bier Cellar has also announced that they’ll have Bissell Brothers beer The Substance for sale in cans starting on Wednesday.

Under Construction: Mittapheap, New Dana Street, Gourmaine

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Here are a pair of new items for the Under Construction List:

Joseph Esposito, 84

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Joseph Esposito passed away Friday at the age of 84. Among his many business interests, Esposito also founded Esposito’s Restaurant (now Espo’s Trattoria) in 1976.

For Sale: Portside Picnic

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

The Portside Picnic food truck is for sale on eBay. The asking price is $49,900 or best offer.

Lamb Jam 2014

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Chefs Niko Regas from Emilitsa and Jack Smith from East Ender along with Rising Tide Brewing will be participating in the 2014 Lamb Jam.

This year’s Lamb Jam is scheduled for Sunday April 13 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Boston.

This Week’s Events: Maine Restaurant Week, Portuguese Dinner, Rising Tide Progressive Dinner

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Monday — Oscar’s New American is holding a Portuguese Wine Dinner.

Wednesday — The Maine Brew Bus has organized a progressive beer dinner featuring Rising Tide Brewing, and Black Tie is teaching a cooking class.

Thursday — The Great Lost Bear will be featuring beer from the Maine Beer Company.

Friday — Maine Restaurant Week’s series of special events kick-off with the Incredible Breakfast Cook-off.

Saturday — It’s the first official day of Maine Restaurant Week, there will be a wine tasting at LeRoux Kitchen and the Winter Farmers Market is taking place at the Urban Farm Fermentory on Anderson Street.

Sunday — The MRW Bowl Big Tournament is taking place.

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.