Archive for January, 2017

Izakaya Minato Opens Today

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Izakaya Minato (facebook, instagram) is scheduled to open today. The 36-seat Japanese restaurant is located at 54 Washington Ave next to Terlingua.

Owners Elaine Alden and Thomas Takashi Cooke moved to Portland from San Francisco where Cooke had been the head chef at Tsunami, a sushi restaurant. The couple also spent 3 months in Japan where he staged at an izakaya in Tokyo also called Tsumamina.

Here’s a look at the menu:

Under Construction: Leavitt & Sons

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Falmouth deli Leavitt & Sons is opening a second location in Bayside, according to a report from the Press Herald, at 200 Kennebec Street.

 

2nd Other Side Delicatessen Opens Today

Monday, January 30th, 2017

A second Other Side Delicatessen (website, facebook, twitter, instagram) is set to open this morning  in the West End at 235 Vaughan Street in the space formerly occupied by the Vaughan Street Variety.

As at the original Veranda Street location, the West End Other Side will be a combination butcher shop and deli selling sandwiches and deli meats and charcuterie by the pound as well as “prepared meals to go, hand made pastas and other sundries to round out a full meal to take home.”

The West End location will be open MondayFriday 8-7 and Saturday 8-6.

This Week’s Events: Minato, Bitter’s Workshop, Mast Landing Dinner, Corn Tortilla Workshop

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Monday – there will be a press conference about the Portland Food Council at 4pm.

TuesdayIzakaya Minato is scheduled to open, and Vena’s is teaching a bitters workshop.

Wednesday – Terlingua is holding a Mast Landing beer dinner.

Saturday – a corn tortilla workshop is taking place at SMCC as is the Winter Farmers’ Market and there will be an Allagash tap takeover at Central Provisions.

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.

Portland Food Council

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

A new organization called the Portland Food Council launches on Monday with a press conference at Fork Food Lab, 4-4:30pm, followed by an open house

According to the press release,

The Portland Food Council aims to foster a healthy community by advancing the economic, environmental, and social sustainability of the food system that supports Portland. Evolving from the Mayor’s Initiative for a Healthy and Sustainable Food System started in 2012, the Portland Food Council works to shape food policy that will create resiliency, sustainability, and vibrancy in Portland’s food system. The council brings together community members, Portland government, food producers, and other businesses to collaborate on and shape laws and policies that affect our food system.

Coffee Me Up Now Open

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

Coffee Me Up (instagram), a new coffee shop and cafe located in a newly renovated building at 221 Cumberland Ave, is now open.

Reviews: Big Fin Poké, Evo, Terlingua, Downtown Lounge, Tipo, Portland Mash Tun, Caiola’s

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

The Press Herald has reviewed Big Fin Poké and Downtown Lounge,

If this restaurant were in Portland, it would be swamped. The food is well worth the short drive to Westbrook though, and I hope people will support it. We need more fast casual choices like this that go beyond the typical fast food burger joint. I’m already fantasizing about my next poke bowl – chicken, shrimp, honey miso sauce, crab salad, crispy onion and…

The Blueberry Files has reviewed Evo,

All in all, EVO was a hit. Even if you still see EVO as a special occasion place, stop in for one of their speciality cocktails and sample a dish. I bet it’ll win you over, just like it did me.

Peter Peter Portland Eater has reviewed Tipo,

The food was really good, but also slightly different than what is being offered in the Portland area which makes them an easy choice for an occasional visit. They’re carving out a space in the Italian food market, but since it’s outside the standard lasagna and linguine fare, it doesn’t immediately feel so confined to what you would normally expect from that type of restaurant.

the Kennebec Journal has reviewed Terlingua,

Terlingua restaurant brings a little bit of Texas to Portland. They smoke their barbecued meats daily, but plan on getting there early because those sell out every night. The Barbecue Board will let you know what is available and hot off the smoker that day. But do not overlook the rest of their menu items; they stand on their own merit.

The 207 Foodie has reviewed the Portland Mash Tun,

Mash Tun is truly a hidden gem of Portland, with an incredibly friendly owner, knowledgeable bartenders, and genuine servers.

and the Portland Phoenix has reviewed Caiola’s.

But it feels like a summer day at the old Caiola’s when you taste the bright seaside flavors of an appetizer of big marinated shrimp on thin whole grain toasts. Celery and watercress kept the flavors light, while the toast lends a hint of earthiness.

Granny’s Closing

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

Granny’s Burritos plans to close their shop in the Public Market House, according to a report from the Press Herald.

Granny’s Burritos, a fixture in Portland since 1995, will close either at the end of the day Sunday or Monday, depending on how long the food lasts…

The Public Market House was Granny’s fifth location. 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 most recently landed at the PMH in Monument Square.

Interview with Tom Bull

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Great Beer Adventure has posted an audio interview with Tom Bull, co-owner and brewer at Dirigo Brewing in Biddeford.

Renovation and Renewal

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Whether it’s as simple as a new coat of paint or a more in depth kitchen remodel, the slower months at the start of the year are when some restaurant temporarily close to do renovations that set them up well for the rest of the year.

Here are a few we’ve heard of:

Local 188 – closed for a few days in early January to remodel and reconfigure their open kitchen.

David’s – closed earlier this month and expects to reopen in February. The renovations will include “hand-forged artisan iron work, decorative etched stainless steel, reclaimed wood, new lighting and a refreshed open view into the kitchen”

Caiola’s – the new owners plan to close February 19 to renovate the dining room and kitchen in the 11-year old restaurant. During their final weeks they will “bringing back some of the Caiola’s favorites that you have known from over the years. Come and say good-by with some familiar flavors.”

Evo – plans to close January 29 through February 2 to improve their ventilation system.

Artemisia Cafe – is nearly finished with renovations to their kitchen that began in December and expect to reopen very soon.

Quality Shop For Sale

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

The Press Herald interviewed Steve Shamos about his family’s decades long ownership of Quality Shop on Stevens Ave, and his decision to sell the business and let “some young people to take over”.

Shamos’ grandfather, Elias Shamos, a Greek immigrant who moved to Portland from Brockton, Massachusetts, bought the shop from another owner in 1945. Shamos’ father, Steve, then took over, moving the Quality Shop next door to its current location at 473 Stevens Ave. in the 1970s.

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Interview with Jason Perkins

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

HopCulture has published an interview with Allagash brewmaster Jason Perkins.

KG: Where is the industry headed? What do we have to look forward to? What’s coming?
JP:
More and more consumers will be turned on to what’s being offered out there, and what’s being offered in the craft beer world is a range of new flavors and new experiences. I think people will always want that. But there’s a lot, a lot of breweries out there, and there are a lot of breweries expanding. At some point, there won’t be the same growth that exists right now. Two years ago, almost anyone who wanted to could grow. I don’t think that’s going to be the case anymore. But that could end up being good for the industry. I think the overall quality that’s out there right now is good, but it could be better. I think there are some headwinds coming for people but in the end I think it’ll be good for the industry and good for the consumer.

First Review of Big Fin Poké

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

The Press Herald has posted the first review of Big Fin Poké in Westbrook.

If this restaurant were in Portland, it would be swamped. The food is well worth the short drive to Westbrook though, and I hope people will support it. We need more fast casual choices like this that go beyond the typical fast food burger joint. I’m already fantasizing about my next poke bowl – chicken, shrimp, honey miso sauce, crab salad, crispy onion and …

I would echo the recommendation of the Press Herald on this one. Go to Westbrook and check this place out.

Big Fin Poké (website, facebook, twitter, instagram) opened in Westbrook on Christmas Eve day. They’re located at 855 Main Street open for lunch and dinner.

Under Construction: Trattoria Fanny (Updated)

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

David Levi is working on a new restaurant called Trattoria Fanny in the former Rossobianco space in Bramhall Square. Levi’s plan is for the new restaurant to be “Simpler, more rustic, and more affordable than its last incarnation,” serving food from  Northern Italy with a few Roman classics in the mix. He has hired Roman native Siddharta Rumma as the chef.

The new restaurant is named Levi’s grandmother, Fanny Levi, who was born and raised in Milan and immigrated to New York  City in 1939.

Levi plans to open the restaurant in February, serving lunch weekdays and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, and will eventually add a brunch  service.

Update: Urban Eye has posted some additional info on Trattoria Fanny.

This Week’s Events: Sticky Sweet, Brew Pub Cup, Wild Beer Roundup, Coffee Me Up

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

MondaySticky Sweet is opening for business at 11 am, and Two Fat Cats is celebrating National Pie Day with a pie buffet.

Thursday – The annual Brew Pub Cup is taking place at The Great Lost Bear, and there will be a mead tasting at the Public Market House.

FridaySolo Italiano is hosting 2 Italian food producers from the Rogers Collection for 4-course pasta tasting menu.

Saturday – the Allagash Wild Beer Roundup is taking place, Zen Chinese Bistro is holding a Year of the Rooster dinner, and the Winter Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday – it’s the opening day for Coffee Me Up at 221 Cumberland Ave.

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.