Archive for the ‘Reviews’ Category

Best Bars: Hunt & Alpine

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Hunt & Alpine has landed on the list of the Best Bars in America.

Portland’s first craft-cocktail bar continues to shine with a deep cocktail list that spans from approachable to geeky. There’s a smoky spin on a Negroni made with Cynar, tequila, mezcal and Fernet Branca and the simple Green Eyes: a gin sour sharpened to a keen edge with a healthy splash of green Chartreuse.

Bar Review of Eve’s

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

The Press Herald has reviewed Eve’s.

Tucked away on the second floor of the Portland Harbor Hotel is Eve’s at the Garden, a warm and elegant hotel bar and restaurant that boasts a toasty fireplace nook, superbly comfortable bar stools, and peaceful views of the patio sanctuary, which transforms into an ice sculpture garden come winter. While the cocktail list is mediocre, this is the perfect place to enjoy a nice glass of Scotch, share a bottle of red, or order a warm Irish Dream Coffee.

Review of Terlingua

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed Terlingua.

Terlingua is a boutique BBQ restaurant serving at least three – sometimes as many as five – house-smoked meats, plus a variety of Latin American specialties. With almost every dish available as a large or small plate, it’s also an affordable place for trying and sharing. Start with the bean and corn salad – it’s light, fresh and beautifully balanced – or the intensely flavorful chicharron, a square of pork belly with a crispy, scored skin that’s drizzled with a rosy ribbon of house-infused hibiscus honey.

Fall Portland Eating Tour

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

Bill Addison, Eater’s roving national restaurant critic, has posted an article about his recent visit to Portland.

Given its favor as a vacation destination, it’s widely known that the town has an astounding breadth of quality restaurants. And the options only keep growing broader and better. It is Maine’s largest city, though the population of the town proper only numbers around 67,000. In my 16 months of near-constant travel for Eater, I’ve yet to encounter a U.S. metropolis of its modest size where I eat more superbly.

The article provides tasting notes and observations on: Central Provisions, Chez Okapi, Emilitsa, Eventide, Fore Street, Hugo’s, Miyake, Palace Diner, Rabelais, Tempo Dulu and The Honey Paw.

Bar Review of the East Ender

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

The Press Herald has published a bar review of the East Ender,

Brought to you by the owners of the former SmallAxe Food Truck, East Ender is a two-story casual eatery in the eponymous neighborhood of Portland. Fit with two full bars, one upstairs and one downstairs, this is the kind of place where you can find a little bit of everything – a quiet drink with a friend, enough space upstairs to meet a group, or a romantic evening out in a cozy corner. The cocktail list is new for the season and is cleverly crafted with care. Several local brews, as well as Miller High Life, are available on draft. Mocktail menu, and sodas by the bottle and gun.

4½ Star Review of Evo

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed Evo.

Roasted cauliflower ($8) is a lacy revelation. (Unlikely, yes, but you’ll just have to believe me.) The tiny florets are delicate and moist, with caramelized brown edges and the merest hint of salt. That deep, sesame flavor you taste with each forkful comes from a few drops of tahini sauce drizzled over the plate, and there’s an intense sweetness from a dab of what turns out to be pureed raisins that Ginn uses to balance the dish. We’re bowled over.

Review of The Treehouse

Saturday, November 14th, 2015

The Golden Dish has reviewed The Treehouse.

Fast forward to 2015, nothing has changed at the Treehouse, nee The Cafe.  It’s still the same second-floor rabbit warren of rooms that’s it’s always been, with Christmas lights  wrapped around bouquets of dried leaves.  Nor is the menu much different.  Yet, it has a fiercely loyal following who flock to its chambers nightly for  elaborate plates of big portions moderately priced…

Bar Review of Terlingua

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

The Press Herald has reviewed Terlingua.

Terlingua is a small BBQ restaurant in Portland featuring smoked meats and Latin American fare. There are eight rotating local taps, a new cocktail menu featuring Southwestern- and Mexican-style drinks, and a nightly deal on rotating bottles of wine for $25. This is an ideal neighborhood hangout for drinks and/or dinner.

Review of Union

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

The Portland Phoenix has reviewed Union.

The entrees have similar virtues. You know a fancy restaurant is really exploring comfort food when it has turkey and pot roast on the menu. The later was quite good, with a generous serving of tender meat surrounded by jus soaked root vegetables. A bit of truffle and fresh horseradish animated the rich flavors. A risotto dish was served a great al-dente, with fat slices of grilled pear scattered about. It had some blue cheese, but it was mild enough that it did not overwhelm the nutty flavor of a walnut pesto dolloped in the middle of the dish.

Review of Isa

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed Isa.

The atmosphere and the service at Isa are decidedly relaxed and informal. Based on the number of friends who seem to be meeting up after work, it’s already become a popular place for a drink. And with modest-sized portions that are reasonably priced, it’s also a fine choice for a laid-back supper. So start at the bar. Bask in the buzz. And savor the braise. This is a bistro that works.

Review of Maps

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

Drink Up and Get Happy has reviewed Maps Cafe.

The tea comes served with proper tea cups and accompaniments on a cute tray to your table. With your tea steeping in a separate pot. Given that one of the owners is British, we know that these teas are served up right. They also come with a little biscuit to dunk if you are so inclined. The teas were delicious and a great compliment to the sweetness of the cake, which was decadent without being too heavy. Cakes are made in house and flavors rotate frequently.

The review also reports that Maps is “offering homemade fruit purees to be added to your beers” and shares that the weissebier and strawberry puree combo was “really tasty” adding a “subtle fruit flavor that didn’t overwhelm the beer itself”.

First Review of Roustabout

Friday, November 6th, 2015

The Golden Dish has posted a first look review of Roustabout.

Other main courses that we enjoyed were a very respectable lobster with spaghetti, crushed red pepper and bread crumbs.  The pasta was perfectly cooked and lobster in the shell was splashed judiciously in a lusty tomato sauce.  A faultless dish.

Reviews: The Sinful Kitchen & Bogusha’s

Friday, November 6th, 2015

The Bollard has reviews Bogusha’s,

The food was good, hearty fare, and paired well with the porter. The placki ziemniaczane ($7.50) are fried potato pancakes, soft as pillows inside and about as flavorful. A little salt and a dollop of sour cream liven them up. We also had the Polish Platter ($14.50), a sampling of specialties from the Old Country.

and The Sinful Kitchen.

It’s just that kind of thoughtful, personal service that makes this place special. Yes, the prices are a bit on the high side, and there are certainly other places in town where you’ll find food that’s just as good, or even better. But if your diet is restricted for any reason, you’re unlikely to find a better brunch or more accommodating, friendly staff than those awaiting you at The Sinful Kitchen.

Good Food Awards: 8 Maine Finalists

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Congratulations to the 8 Maine food producers that have earned a place as Finalists for the 2016 Good Food Award:

The winners in all categories will be announced at the GFA awards ceremony and gala on January 15, 2016 in San Francisco.

Here’s some background on the Good Food Awards program,

The Good Food Awards were created to redefine ‘good food’ as being tasty, authentic and responsible. We aim to set criteria for entry that are realistic and inclusive of food and drink producers who have demonstrated a commitment to be part of building a tasty, authentic and responsible food system, going far above and beyond the status quo for their industry, while not making them so strict that eligible participants are limited to a small handful of products.

Reviews: Tandem Bakery, Street & Co.

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

The Press Herald has published a lunch reaview of Tandem Bakery,

The turkey is layered in thick slices, and adorned with baby lettuce, spicy greens and jalapeno pickles for a kick…What made this sandwich great was its completeness. Every detail was attended to: The turkey was fresh, the greens crisp and the bread tasty and easy to eat with two hands. And as silly as this might sound, the mayo-mustard spread was divine – just the right amount, in just the right consistency over all the right parts of the bread.

and a bar review of Street & Co.

Street & Co.’s bar and lounge section offers a cozy surrender from its bustling dining room and open kitchen. You’ll likely be elbow-to-elbow with neighbors at the bar as you devour fresh Maine oysters, or you can stretch out in one of the several lounge sections with a cocktail and affordable bites ($4.50-5.50).

Review of Central Provisions

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Tiny Urban Kitchen reviewed Central Provisions.

The food is excellent.

I love the fact that the dishes are inspired by ideas from so many different cultures – everything from the Mediterranean eggplant hummus and the French foie gras and bone marrow dishes to the Korean BBQ steak and the togarashi spiced green beans. I especially love it because Chef executes these crazy combinations so well.

Though the lines are crazy long*, it’s totally worth it.

25 Best Dive Bars: Bubba’s

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Bubba’s Sulky Lounge is on The Daily Mail list of the 25 Best Dive Bars in America.

Established and owned by “Bubba” for 47 years, Bubba’s Sulky Lounge has become one of the most popular spots in Portland. Maine=born alt-folksinger Patty Griffin even wrote a song about the place (“Please pass the bottle on…”) This colorful bar is full of antiques that are hanging from the ceilings, sitting on the bar, and bolted to the walls, which were sought out and collected by Bubba himself. Offering a full bar, “80s Night w/ DJ Jon” on Fridays, and an “Everything Dance Party” on Saturdays, Bubbas is sure to offer a night you’ll never forget.

Reviews: Union & The King’s Head

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

Portland Magazine has reviewed Union,

Next up, native beet salad–a bountiful bowl of perfectly cooked red and golden beets glowing atop a delectable dressing of local yogurt, curry oil, and ginger emulsion. This dish alone is proof the Union lives up to its self described “farm to table hotspot.”

and Drink Up and Get Happy has reviewed The King’s Head.

The King’s Head brings a unique take to a city with a reputation for bars with quality beer offerings. As a gastropub they have 40 taps filled with craft beer to be paired with their delicious food.

Glutton’s Guide to Portland

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Travel + Leisure has posted a “Glutton’s Guide to Portland, Maine”.

The nation’s first, and easternmost, city of Portland may not have a TV show, but it does have a food and beverage scene to rival any American destination. From fresh oysters topped with kimchi shaved ice to banana-flavored beer, here are some of our favorite Portland places to indulge your inner glutton.

Mentioned in the article are: Allagash, Bissell Brothers, Central Provisions, Duckfat, Eventide, Fisherman’s Grill, Foundation Brewing, Grace, Green Elephant, New England Distilling, and Shipyard.

Review of Abilene

Friday, October 30th, 2015

manchegotoastThe Golden Dish has reviewed Abilene.

We started off with the appetizer, Manchego Toast.  The dish was inspired  by a chef Colgan knew in New Orleans. House made focaccia, lightly toasted, is topped with the melted Spanish Manchego cheese, with judicious hints of garlic and shallot and topped with a duxelle of mushrooms soaking in a sauce of Sherry and mushroom broth.   I could have this ten times over and never tire of the dish.

For more information on Abilene, read this interview with the owners in the Portland Phoenix.