Archive for May, 2014

Review of Blue Rooster Stadler Dog

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Chubby Werewolf has published a review of the Cara Stadler hot dog on the menu this week at Blue Rooster. This is the first of a summer long guest chef hot dog series at the Rooster.

The generous helping of fresh cilantro and the cool mayo atop the dog worked to balance out any heat coming from the ssam sauce (which was on the bun itself). Meanwhile, the kimchi was pleasant and much more mild than I anticipated. I really didn’t sense that the scallions had much of a presence on this hot dog, but I didn’t miss it in the company of the other ingredients. The best part was my second bite, when I got the first taste of bacon in tandem with that kimchi.

USA Today: Portland Lobster Co.

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

USA Today has published an article about the Portland Lobster Company.

The restaurant sits at the foot of a pier in the heart of the harbor that in turn is the heart of Portland and the center of its downtown – in short, it could not have a better location for visitors. Facing the street it looks like a fairly simple shack-like building, which it is, but behind the main structure it continues down the pier with ample seating at traditional red wooden picnic tables, both covered and open-air, and an outdoor bar featuring an array of local Maine microbrews. Inside you order at the counter and wait for your name to be called, picking your food up at a window on plastic trays.

Alton Brown Coming to Portland

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

altonbrownFood TV star Alton Brown will be coming to Portland this November for an engagement at Merrill Auditorium.

Alton Brown reinvented the food show with his award winning Good Eats. With his upcoming tour, Brown brings his brand of quirky humor and culinary-science antics to the stage. The two-hour show is a unique blend of stand up comedy, food experimentation, talk show antics, multimedia lecture, and, for the first time…live music.

Tickets are now on sale at PortTix.

Immigrant Kitchens: Indian Toor Dal

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

In the latest entry from Immigrant Kitchens, Lindsay Sterling learns how to make Indian Toor Dal from Shweta Galway (read the story, get the recipe).

I’d tasted dals from time to time in Indian restaurants and liked them, but never had the occasion to cook one. I guess I was intimidated. What were dals even made of? And how many kinds were there? It seemed like dozens,maybe even a hundred. I asked my Indian friend, Shweta Galway, if she’d show me how to make one. She said yes, although she had a funny reaction, like I asked her to show me how to make a glass of milk.

Lolita Pre-Opening Reports

Friday, May 30th, 2014


Nearly the entire Maine food writing corp was on-hand Wednesday night for a press preview event at Lolita (facebook, website). All involved seemed to be having a very enjoyable time.

Thursday night Lolita a friends and family dinner to put the staff through their paces. The date for a public opening should be announced shortly. In the meantime check-out  Blueberry Files, Urban Eye, Spoon & Shutter and Eater Maine for photos from the press event.

First Review: Riverside Grill

Friday, May 30th, 2014

The Golden Dish has reviewed the Riverside Grill.

The menu has some interesting entrees and I think what we chose were standouts.  Organic Statler-cut chicken breast is marinated in a red-wine vinaigrette, browned on the grill and then finished off in the oven.  It’s set in a whole-grain mustard and wine sauce and garnished with the most delicious vinaigrette-marinated tomatoes, artichokes and olives.

Down East: Portland Dining Guide

Friday, May 30th, 2014

de201406Stop by your local newsstand and pick-up a copy of Down East to read the Portland summer dining guide I authored June issue. The article maps out 6-day schedule that will take you to 35+ restaurants, bars, bakeries, markets and coffee shops across the city.

The article should be making its way online in the next week or so.

Timber Steakhouse Now Open (Updated)

Thursday, May 29th, 2014


Timber Steakhouse & Rotisserie (facebook, website) is now open for business at 106 Exchange Street.

The restaurant is run by Noah and Dan Talmatch who also own The North Point.

Update: for additional reporting see Chris Busby article on Timber and how it fits into the local restaurant scene.

Under Construction: The Farm Stand

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Today’s Press Herald includes a report on the new local foods market/butcher shop under construction in South Portland,

[Partners Penny Jordan and Ben Slayton] signed a three-year lease two weeks ago for the building at 161 Ocean St. in South Portland’s Knightville neighborhood, near Uncle Andy’s Diner, Taco Trio and the Legion Square Market (formerly Smaha’s). They also looked at the Willard Beach neighborhood, Slayton said, but the Knightville neighborhood was attractive because it’s close to other grocery stores that already attract food shoppers and is part of an up-and-coming neighborhood.

It’s also interesting to note that Joe Fournier will be joining The Farm Stand as the store’s general manager.

Reviews: India Bazaar and Sangillo’s

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

The Press Herald has reviewed the take-out at India Bazaar,

Let’s just cut to the chase: The food was, shall we say, underwhelming. I’d be willing to bet the samosas came out of a package and were the reason for the microwave. The palak paneer, to me, looked and tasted like packaged paneer that had been tossed into thawed-out frozen spinach. As for the butter chicken, it was tender and spiced well, but was, well, just OK. What does it say when the rice was the best part of the meal? It was cooked perfectly.

and Drink-up and Get Happy has paid a return visit to Sangillo’s.

We certainly hope that the City of Portland and Sangillo’s can work out their difference to allow this staple for the locals to remain open, but things aren’t looking so good right now.  Don’t miss your chance to experience a great Portland dive-bar before it’s too  late.

Taco Trio Goes Mobile

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

The Forecaster reports that Taco Trio will be launching a new food trailer this summer.

Pena and Rasmussen will be preparing their authentic Mexican cuisine this summer in the mid-sized trailer, with their sights set on breaking into the blossoming food truck scene in Portland, and beyond.

Their first stop: the 41st annual Old Port Festival.

Reviews: Dobra & 3 Buoys

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

A new Portland food blog called Haddockquest has reviewed Three Buoys,

I have to say, I didn’t walk into 3 Buoys expecting to enjoy anything about the experience, yet the place nailed everything from start to finish. It’s far too early in the Haddockquest timeline to declare this the best fried haddock sandwich on the peninsula, but it sets a high bar right out of the gate.

and Tea Sensei has reviewed Dobra Tea.

I primarily drink green and oolong, and occasionally an Assam black tea. So this was very different and very delightful. Between the tea and décor, it felt I had escaped into a hidden tearoom in Morocco. Yet within its big menu, one will find high quality teas from Japan, China, India and many other premier tea growing regions.

This Week’s Events: Family Feast, Kate McCarty, Central Beer Dinner, Coffee Tour

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Memorial Day — Family Feast, Tandem Coffee and Bunker Brewing are throwing a Indonesian themed Memorial Day Bash BBQ in East Bayside.

WednesdayCentral Provisions is holding a beer dinner, The Maine Brew Bus is leading a progressive beer dinner featuring Atlantic Brewing, and the Monument Square Farmers Market is taking place.

ThursdayFishin’ Ships is scheduled to launch at Rising Tide, and the Great Lost Bear is showcasing beer from Uinta.

Friday — Blue Rooster is kicking off their summer guest chef series with a hotdog designed by Cara Stadler from Tao Yuan.

SaturdayKate McCarty will be at Sherman’s to sign copies of her book Portland Food: The Culinary Capital of Maine, it’s the first day of Rum Riots, and the Deering Oaks Farmers Market is taking place.

Sunday — Po’Boys & Pickles are holding their 3rd Annual Parking Lot Crawfish Boil, and Hugo’s will be the featured restaurant at this month’s Flanagan’s Table dinner.

mbb_logoAlso on SundayI’ll be leading a coffee house tour in collaboration with the folks from The Maine Brew Bus. We’ll be visiting: Speckled Ax, Bard Coffee, Tandem Coffee Roasters and Coffee by Design. Visit the Brew Bus site to sign-up.

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.

Riverside Grill & Vincenza’s Now Open

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

riversideTwo more opening have taken place over the Memorial Day weekend:

  • Riverside Grill (facebook, website) opened on Friday. It’s located on the Riverside Golf Course in Deering. Steve Quatrucci is the restaurant manager.
  • Vincenza’s Italian Bakery (website, facebook, twitter) opened on Saturday at 10 Exchange Street. This the second location Vincenza’s, the original bakery is located in Saco.

Farmers’ Market History, Part 2

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

The Maine Sunday Telegram has published an article (part 2 of 2) about the history of the Portland Farmers’ Market.

Over the centuries, the market rose and fell, and rose again, along with the fortunes of the city. Over the market’s 246-year lifespan, it has moved at least half a dozen times, operated indoors and out, sometimes at multiple locations, and has almost been extinguished by industrial agriculture and the popularity of supermarkets.

You can read part 1 of this article online.