Archive for December, 2016

Imbibe 75: Little Giant

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

Imbibe magazine has selected Little Giant (facebook, instagram) restaurant for their list of the 75 “people, places and flavors that will shape the way you drink in 2017”.

Little Giant, a restaurant serving what Andrew [Volk] describes as “Continental European fare through a New England lens,” alongside sessionable low-ABV cocktails and beers from some of Maine’s best brewers. The idea is to create a neighborhood spot where someone can come for a casual drink, or bring their family for a meal while still enjoying a well-made cocktail.

Fore information on Little Giant previous articles on October 31 and December 12.

Under Construction: Sichuan Kitchen

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

Urban Eye has posted a report on Sichuan Kitchen (website, facebook) which is slated to open Monday January 2nd.

Owner Qi Shen said her menu represents three styles of cuisine popular in Chengdu, the central Chinese capital where she was born. Upstairs in the kitchen her father Shang Wei Shen executes recipes that reflect Asian home kitchens, street carts or banquet halls. All are meant to be shared family style.

Portland Mash Tun Expansion

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

Portland Mash Tun opened their expanded seating area yesterday after receiving final inspection approval from the city.

Local 188 Paella Fest

Friday, December 30th, 2016

Local 188 is serving their annual Paella Fest 5-9 pm on New Year’s Day, a fixed price all-you-can-eat seafood, veggie or meat paella.

The Purple House Now Open

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

The Purple House, Krista Kern Desjarlais’ new wood-fired bakery and cafe, quietly opened yesterday in North Yarmouth.

The Purple House opens at 7am for coffee, 8-2 for food. There’s a limited menu in the first few days as Desjarlais scales up production.

Here’s a look at the full menu:

For coffee Desjarlais selected Speedwell Coffee from Massachusetts.

Hours: Starting next year they’ll be open Wednesday through Sunday.

Little Giant Market

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Urban Eye has posted a report on the newly opened of Little Giant.

In the space formerly Clark Street Deli & Market, the couple, along with partners Ian and Kate Malin, opened the food emporium Wednesday. Step in off the street and neatly stacked tins of tuna and sardines, bags of just-roasted Tandem Coffee, and colorful pouches of chips from Vintage Maine Kitchen greet you. Think of Little Giant as the extended, well-stocked pantry of friends with great taste that you have access to seven days a week.

Andrew Ross’ Top 2016 Tastes

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Maine Sunday Telegram restaurant critic Andrew Ross has shared his top dining experiences of the year in today’s Press Herald,

What follows are my top picks in several categories that reflect what I saw, smelled and tasted over the past calendar year in Maine. Some come from fine dining, and some from little takeaway spots across the state. But all of them represent food memories that have stuck with me – some of which I hope will linger far beyond the closing hours of 2016.

Drifters Wife is his choice for Best Restaurant.

Big Fin Poké Now Open

Monday, December 26th, 2016

Big Fin Poké (website, facebook, twitter, instagram) opened in Westbrook on Christmas Eve day.

BFP is located at 855 Main Street, they’re open for lunch and dinner.

This Week’s Events: Little Giant, New Year’s Eve Dinners

Monday, December 26th, 2016

WednesdayLittle Giant is scheduled to open in the West End.

Saturday – The Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

New Year’s Eve

  • Abilene – will be serving a special prix fixe menu
  • BiBo’s Madd Apple Cafe – this will be their final meal before closing.
  • Boone’s – 4-course dinner, $85 per person.
  • Central Provisions – serving an 8-course preview of the Italian menu at their new restaurant Tipo. $220 for 2 people.
  • Crooners and Cocktails – 7-course dinner “influenced by your favorite mobster films over the years”.
  • Drifters Wife – holiday menu with special list of grower champagne options.
  • Eventide – New Year’s Eve party, $50 per person.
  • Evo – 3 and 5-course dinner options for $55 or $85 per person.
  • Five Fifty-Five – 5-course dinner, $100 per person.
  • Lolita – 4-course dinner for $100 per person (tax and tip included) with optional wine pairings.
  • Petite Jacqueline – 3-course dinner and glass of sparkling wine, $85 per person.
  • Piccolo – 8-course dinner and a glass of prosecco with optional wine pairings, $115 per person.
  • Portland Regency – New Year’s Eve Gala, $85 per person.
  • Sur Lie – 5-course dinner with optional wine/cocktail pairings, $90 per person.
  • Terlingua – 3 and 5-course dinner options for $65 or $85 per person.
  • Twenty Milk Street – serving a special NYE menu.
  • Vinland – 5-course dinner and a glass of sparkling wine for $95 per person.
  • Woodford F&B – serving an expanded menu.
  • Zapoteca – 4-course dinner, $85 per person with optional pairings.

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: Big J’s, Sea Glass, Farm Stand, LFK, Great Lost Bear

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

The Maine  Sunday Telegram has reviewed Big J’s Chicken Shack,

The Portland Hot is a sticky, sweet and mildly spicy hybrid that combines flavors and textures from both Southern and Korean fried chicken traditions, whereas the Nashville Hot is a pretty faithful rendition of the old classic. It’s also the best of the three, with a lava-hot attack and a slow, numbing tingle that warms you as you eat. It is especially tasty with the Hong Kong-style bubble waffle and Maine maple syrup. Every bit as good is the Brussels and kohlrabi slaw, with sweet raisins, apple and a curry-flavored dressing – not the sort of side dish you might expect from a simple chicken shack

the Kennebec Journal has reviewed Sea Glass,

Andrew Chadwick became the new executive chef in July, and we were thoroughly impressed when we dined there a week ago. He is about as personable as you could get. After a few moments, I sensed his deep knowledge and love of cooking. He offered us a tasting menu with smaller portions “to give an idea of what we do here.” Well, what he is doing here is magic.

the Press Herald has reviewed The Farm Stand,

The sandwich also had some things I’m not usually big on, like daikon radish and pickled carrot. But both worked really well and overall the sandwich was one of the best I’ve had. The slices of ham were thin and smoky. The thick slice of carrot was a little crunchy, as were the radishes. The jalapeño mayo gave it just enough heat.

and Peter Peter Portland Eater has reviewed LFK and The Great Lost Bear.

Either way, The Great Lost Bear did it again. Their food was inexpensive and tasty, the atmosphere ultra comfortable, and the service was solid as always. I’m not sure if there are people who haven’t been to GLB, but if you haven’t and are looking for a fairly priced meal in a chill atmosphere and maybe some good beers, they are a great option and they’re large enough that you probably won’t have to wait for a table. But even if you do, it’s worth it.

Under Construction: Union Bagel Company

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

Union Bagel Company (website, facebook, instagram, twitter)  has leased the former Pizza Time location at 46 Veranda Street where they plan to open a second bagel bakeshop and retail store.

Owner Paul Farrell hopes to open the East Deering Union Bagel by the end of February. The additional kitchen will enable him to expand production to serve his growing wholesale business.

‘Cradle of Craft Beers’

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

The Press Herald has published an article about 1 IndustriALE Way and the steady stream of breweries that have called it home.

The hand-me-downs are a way of life at 1 Industrial Way. The building on the western edge of Portland has been the home of seven breweries in the past seven years, with Battery Steele planning to open in February. With two other breweries already operating in the building and craft beer stalwart Allagash across the street, an industrial part of the Riverton neighborhood once pocked with auto body shops has turned into an unlikely tourist destination.

Bull Jagger, Maine Beer Company, Rising Tide, Bissell Brothers, Foundation Brewing, Austin Street, and now Battery Steele have all been/still are tenants at 1 Industrial Way.

Mini Mogadishu

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

The Portland Phoenix has published a report on Mini Mogadishu, a Somali restaurant that recently opened on Forest Ave.

Operating all day, Mini Mogadishu will serve classic Somali breakfast fare including aanjeero crepes (a fermented pancake-like bread) with hilib (goat or beef) or chicken sugar. Lunchtime offerings include dalac bilash (a tomato soup), boor (fried dough), mushaari bowl (porridge), and fresh pita or jaapaati. For sipping, there’ll be fruit smoothies and mango or guava juice.

Under Construction: Sichuan Kitchen

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Sichuan Kitchen has passed their final inspections and is “close” to opening.

Under Construction: Stone Fort Distillery

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

A new distillery that plans to produce “hand craft vodka and whiskey” is now under development in Biddeford. The owners of Stone Fort Distillery (facebook) have leased space at 26 Pearl Street, a stone’s throw away from Dirigo Brewing Co.