Archive for the ‘Reviews’ Category

Review of the Sloppy Penatzer

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Chubby Werewolf has reviewed this weak’s guest chef hot dog at Blue Rooster.

All in all, the Sloppy Penatzer was a fantastic meal, made all the more memorable by the tasty Thai Iced Tea I paired it with (and which has already become an instant favorite). With two holes now residing on my punch card, I’m wondering if it is too early to petition the good folks at the Blue Rooster Food Co. to make some of these hot dogs permanent additions to their menu. The summer is still young, but the Sloppy Penatzer would be at the top of my list.

Reviews of Small Axe & King’s Head

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Haddockquest has reviewed Small Axe Truck,

It’s difficult to find too many faults here, but if there’s one thing that needs to be pointed out, it’s portion size. Small Axe’s haddock filet may have been perfectly fried, but it was simply too small to properly stand-up against everything else that was going on. At times, for example, the acidity of the preserved lemon proved to be too much due to a lack of balance, which could’ve been cured by a slightly heftier portion of fish. Local haddock doesn’t come cheap, though, does it?

and The Beer Babe has published a bar review of the King’s Head Pub.

The tap list on the second day was about 20 items long, but struck me as being both ambitious and rather special. A few highlights on the list included the reason I ventured back on Saturday – Cantillion Iris – a spontaneously fermented glass of perfection that is rarely poured from a tap due to its expense and rarity. But mixed in were several of Allagash’s special releases (Victor, Confluence, Ginger Wit), some international selections including Chimay (Belgium), Dieu Du Ciel (Canada) and Thornbridge (England). I also liked that these beers were also side by side with IPAs from Founders, Baxter, and Rising Tide.

Review of Back Bay Grill

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed the Back Bay Grill.

Sophisticated dishes superbly done – after 25 years, Back Bay Grill remains at the top of its game. The wine list is a special one – many bottlings have significant cellar age. Every dish is a standout, including specials of the day and – in addition to those described in the accompanying review – Bang’s Island mussels, truffled beef tartare, grilled filet mignon, roast chicken breast and hand-rolled turban of salmon.

The also has an editor’s note indicating that this is John Golden’s last review for the Maine Sunday Telegram.

First Review of Lolita

Friday, June 6th, 2014

The Golden Dish has reviewed Lolita.

Owners Guy (chef) and Stella (manager) Hernandez [and Neil Reiter] have assembled a great team of sous chefs  with Kimmo Merronen, Cameron Fernald and Megan Roand who contribute what they do best.  The result is staggeringly exquisite food served in such elegant, relaxed surroundings.  It may have seemed odd to close down their popular Bar Lola to move to what seemed like compromised quarters; but  instead the change brought Portland a brilliantly refined new restaurant. Sometimes geography does make a difference.

Reviews: Hella Good, Blue Spoon, Congress Gar & Grill

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Peter Peter Portland Eater has reviewed Congress Bar and Grill.

Congress Bar and Grill produced a very good meal. They’re not fancy and they keep it simple, but the food tastes great and is cooked perfectly. The service is good too. I’d recommend checking out this congress. They get my vote.

the Press Herald has published a review of the Hella Good food cart,

The fish taco included white fish, lightly breaded and warm and topped with a lime crema salsa, cabbage and cilantro. The pork was fall-apart tender, and the chicken was as well. The pork and the chicken were served with a verde salsa, along with onion, cilantro and other greens. All three were great.

and a bar review of Blue Spoon.

Blue Spoon has been part of the Munjoy Hill community for years. It’s a place people rely on for brunch, lunch, dinner and Wine Time, its signature happy hour from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Wine is served by the glass for $2.50 and small plates are available for munching. For an authentic Portland experience, climb the Hill and check out Blue Spoon.


Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

The Portland Daily Sun has reviewed Timber,

Timber could have served green eggs and ham and the experience would have been great. That is mainly because the of the aura of staff professionalism and the tableside visits from the owners, even when they got slammed and overwhelmed a bit on opening night. Whenever I go into a restaurant I can usually spot one or two servers who are the cream of the crop. The ones who make the operation seamless and make you question if they’re part-owners. Everyone at Timber behaved that way.

and the Bangor Daily News has published an article about Timber.

Noah and Dan Talmatch of The Northpoint opened their second restaurant last week called Timber Steakhouse and Rotisserie on Exchange Street. Offering certified Angus beef in diverse cuts served with sides of batter-fried smoked bacon and a bourbon, whisky, rye and scotch bible to consider, the bold brethren once again have hit upon a winning concept.

Review of David’s

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Haddockquest has reviewed David’s.

When the sandwich arrived, the first thing I noticed was the well-toasted bun. Finally, a well-toasted bun! This has been an issue in past Haddockquest excursions, and I have to say that David’s really nailed the vessel aspect of things here. After that, things started to go downhill. The small-ish portion of haddock suffered from a soggy, poorly-seasoned batter that lacked flavor and did nothing to stand up against the bun it was served on. It’s a shame, because the fish itself was clearly fresh and had a nice flakiness to it.

First Review of Timber

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

The Golden Dish has reviewed Timber.

The double-thick (huge) pork chop had a wonderful glaze of Maine blueberry sauce, more pungent than sweet.  It’s local pork, too, though not pastured but corn fed.  It had great flavor and was exceedingly tender for such a thick cut.  It’s flash-grilled at very high heat, the secret to making cuts like this buttery soft.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews of Pai Men Miyake & David’s 388

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

The Old Pine Tree has reviewed Pai Men Miyake,

If you’ve been to Pai Men you know what I’m talking about; this place is a gem. If you haven’t been there go tonight. If Portland is on your vacation list this summer hit this place up, even if it’s hot out.

and the Press Herald has published a bar review of David’s 388.

David’s 388 is a classic South Portland bistro that offers a cozy bar area (and offers a full bar menu), a unique chef’s table that overlooks the open kitchen, and reasonable prices for cocktails, beer and wine.

Review of Vignola Cinque Terre

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed Vignola Cinque Terre.

Located in the heart of Portland’s Old Port, this ultra-stylish Italian spot is one of the finest restaurants in the city, from the hand-made thin-crust pizzas, artisanal pasta and antipasti of all stripes to the delectable entrees and desserts. There’s an extensive list of fine Italian wines, too. Standout dishes include fritto misto, potato gnocchi with four-cheese sauce, and hand-cut thick-style spaghetti in a ragu of San Marzano tomatoes and house-made pancetta.

Best Restaurants: Fore Street

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Fore Street clocked in at #12 (behind Maressa and ahead of Joel Robuchon) on the Business Insider list of the Best Restaurants in America (via Press Herald).

Chinese at Boone’s

Friday, May 16th, 2014

The Golden Dish has published a review of the Chinese menu items available at Boone’s.

But what you don’t expect to find there is some of the best Chinese food in Portland. It’s certainly on a par with the much larger Chinese menu offered by Empire Chinese. But here–amongst all the American staples of exceedingly well prepared seafood and shellfish, and the favorites like fried clams, lobster rolls, burgers, chowders—is a very brief list of four wok dishes prepared by Smith’s sous chef, Sean Doherty, a long-time member of his team.

Phoenix Awards Results

Friday, May 16th, 2014

The Portland Phoenix has published the results of their 2014 readership poll. Check out all the results here: Food & Drink, City Life, Arts & Entertainment, Shopping, Editor’s Picks.

Portland Food Map won the Food Blog category. May thanks to all of you who voted for the site.

OAD Fresh List

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Hugo’s tops the Opinionated About Dining Farm-to-Table list for the New England region.

Aroma Joe’s, Sebago Bar Review, Shipyard Turns 20

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Today’s Press Herald includes an article about Aroma Joe’s,

No intercoms. No mistakes. No attitudes.

Those three laws of service at Aroma Joe’s Coffee have helped propel the drive-thru coffee company from its first kiosk in a New Hampshire parking lot in 2000 to its plan to have 250 locations by 2020. The Portland-based chain currently has 19 founder-owned locations and three franchised locations.

a bar review of Sebago Brewing,

You can bet there will be at least one bachelorette or bachelor party a week, especially during the summer, and each weeknight seems to be designated for a particular meet-up group. For instance, the German club meets on Tuesdays, the Spanish club on Wednesdays, and recently, a small group of folks readying for the annual Burning Man festival in Nevada began meeting on Thursday nights. They sit by the fireplace.

and an article on Shipyard turning 20.

Shipyard Brewing Company turned 20 on April 24, but the big party will not be until July 12. The company won’t brew any special beers for the anniversary, I was disappointed to hear, but I understand.

Bakery Reviews: Standard, Rosemont, Katie, Union Bagel

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

A new BDN blog called Out of the Oven has been posting a series of bakery reviews. Their most recent review is of Union Bagel Co,

As we lingered for a few minutes at their counter space and enjoyed our bagels, we noticed that nearly every customer that came in was addressed by name. That familiarity from the staff speaks volumes to me. That tells me that their customers come often enough to have built a relationship with the people working there. That’s good food and good feelings under one roof!

Earlier reviews were of Standard Baking, Rosemont and Katie Made.