Archive for the ‘Reviews’ Category

Review of Rosie’s

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed Rosie’s.

Over the years, Rosie’s has won several best burger in Portland awards, and their burgers still rank high. This casual eatery and bar remains a congenial hangout for regulars seeking pub food and good cocktails and beer in a Cheers-style atmosphere. Stick with the array of hamburger platters, the fried chicken and the generous sandwich baskets, such as the BLT with pastrami. Pizzas, calzones and chili are also popular. There are 15 draft beers, draft cider and nightly specials. Parking is available on the street or at nearby garages.

Today’s paper also includes a farmers market/super market comparison and the first of a two part farmers markets history series.

Reviews: Fore Street & Mi Sen

Friday, May 9th, 2014

The Portland Phoenix has reviewed Mi Sen,

Asian noodle soup has unrivaled capacity to efficiently deliver richness, complexity of flavor, variety of texture, and satisfying infusions of umami. At Mi Sen they deliver it in deep white bowls of a dignified size. The best was the num sai — a chicken broth soup, which we ordered with flat rice noodles. The broth had a light, bright quality, and the fat little wontons were not too heavy. Ground chicken clung to the tender noodles, while green beans, sprouts, and crispy wonton added some crunch.

and The Golden Dish has reviewed Fore Street.

While the greater world of fine dining gets more complex, where chefs are like mad scientists reinventing a universal culinaryscape, Portland’s inimitable Fore Street restaurant works within a scope it created years ago and refines it daily.

Elsmere, Silly’s, Food Trucks

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

The Press Herald has published a review of Silly’s,

And you’ll never see a more funky array of everything from Mardi Gras beads to retro light fixtures, oddball artwork and even a lamp straight out of “A Christmas Story.” Long live Silly’s!

and a bar review of Elsmere.

Elsmere is not just a BBQ joint, it’s a neighborhood restaurant that’s keen on giving back to the community and sticking around for generations. Owners Adam Powers and Jeremy Rush work the line every night, are eager to be part of the South Portland family of restaurants and take a lot of pride in their product. The bar scene is cozy and pleasingly boisterous. Patrons come to watch the game, drink beer, but most of all, chow down on excellent BBQ. There will likely be a 30-minute wait on weekend nights.

Today’s paper also includes the latest installment of the What Ales You beer column and a food truck guide.

Review of Frog & Turtle

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Peter Peter Portland Eater has reviewed Frog & Turtle.

Fortunately, good friends have a way of making time fly by, but after nearly a nearly three hour meal, it was time to wrap up. The meal came to about 100 first presidents after tip. I appreciated the desserts FOC as they certainly added to the meal and we enjoyed them greatly. Our drinks were great and our meals were very good except for a bit of underseasoning on one item. In the end, it’s safe to say that The Frog and Turtle is a fun spot in Westbrook for good times with good food. Get there soon in case a meteor shower destroys the planet as we know it and restaurants no longer exist.

Lists: Tacos & Late Night

Monday, May 5th, 2014

The Bollard has gone on a Tour de Taco,

I recently moved back to Maine after living for a time in Tuscon, and if there’s one thing I miss about that sun-baked city, it’s the tacos. It seems like there’s a taqueria on every block. Maine’s about as far from Mexico as you can get in the continental U.S., but Portland’s robust food scene gave me hope I could assuage my nostalgia as Cinco de Mayo approached.

and Portland Magazine has assembled a list of late night drinking and dining options.

It’s getting late. You’ve just emerged from a paranoid dystopian thriller at the Nickelodeon, or Anna Lombard’s set at One Longfellow Square. You’re hungry.

Best Cities for Foodies

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Conde Naste Traveller has included Portland in their list of the 20 Best American Cities for Foodies.

Sam Hayward’s Fore Street is the restaurant that kicked off Portland’s food revolution nearly 20 years ago and continues to be one of its great innovators with a daily changing menu of locally sourced items, prepared rustic-style in a wood-burning oven. While (relative) newcomers like Eventide Oyster Co. (pictured), a tribute to the old-fashioned raw bar, and the Miyake family of Japan-meets-Maine eateries are a testament to the city’s increasingly adventurous palate.

Portland is in Out

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Out magazine has highlighted 6 “new and classic dining destinations” in Portland: J’s Oyster Bar, Eventide, Fore Street, Hugo’s, The Porthole, and the Portland Hunt & Alpine Club.

Review of Back Bay Grill

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

The Golden Dish has reviewed The Back Bay Grill.

Finally a beautiful specimen of pan roasted chicken breast is served as my main course.  It’s from the local Serendipity Acres Farm and has been marinated in thyme and sea salt and accompanied by potato gnocchi–the proverbial gossamer light pillows of pasta–arranged around English pea puree and salt-roasted beets.  [Maître‘d Adrian] Stratton suggested a glass of Bandol to go with my entrée, which worked perfectly.

Review of Little Bigs

Monday, April 21st, 2014

The Golden Dish has published a review of Little Bigs.

I loved Little Bigs crueller with the maple glaze and smoky bacon. I had one right after I finished my hand pies. It was a lot of calories down the hatch all at once. But there’s a saying in the food world—“don’t waste your calories.” But if it concerns these crafty sweet and savory devils, who’s counting?

5 Stars for Central Provisions

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed Central Provisions.

In Portland’s ever-expanding restaurant scene, Central Provisions is this city’s newest and perhaps brightest star. Chef and co-proprietor Chris Gould has created some of the most inventive food in Portland right now. After multiple visits and some 30 dishes, the restaurant’s trendy small-plate concept has been superbly achieved on each occasion. The format further allows you to create your own tasting menu from a list of nearly 50 small plates ($5 to $26) that form a fusion of cooking styles inspired by the cuisines of Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Also in today’s paper are a profile of the Salt + Sea CSF owner Justine Simon, an interview with Food & Wine Best New Chef Cara Stadler, an article about dandelion greens and the rest of this week’s edition of Source.

Pre-Tourist Season Eating

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Living, Eating and Aging has put together a list of places “Where to Eat Right Now (before the tourists arrive)“.

Reviews: El Corazon, Po’Boys, Caiola’s

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Eat Maine has reviewed El Corazon,

There are other taco choices, like the carnitas, where the pork shoulder is slowly braised in its own fat and slightly crisped up before serving, and the Baja fish taco which Joe insists must “always be fried, NEVER grilled.” All their sauces are made on the truck, including a mild salsa verde and an extra hot salsa made from dried New Mexican Hatch Chilies, which he gets directly from the source because, due to the soil they grow in, there is simply no replacement for these peppers.

Drink Up and Get Happy has reviewed Po’Boys,

Po’ Boys and Pickles serves up authentic Louisiana fare in a relaxed atmosphere.  It’s built a great reputation for delicious food and great prices and we agree wholeheartedly!  While the $2.50 drafts are only Monday and Tuesday they are open 7 days a week. Do yourself a favor and stop by sometime. You’ll be hooked!

and The Golden Dish has reviewed Caiola’s.

I switched my order. The fish was beautifully cooked, flakey, moist and married to flavors worth the price of admission tenfold.

It was those smoked chickpeas, however, that stole the show—so typical of how Harmon comes up with these ingenious devises that are as trendy as haute hipster hangout fare anytime.

Review of MJ’s & Top of the East

Friday, April 18th, 2014

The Portland Phoenix has published a review of MJ’s Wine Bar and Top of the East.

Dive bars are a crucial component of any urban bohemian’s personal mix of high and low culture. Within the paradigm of upscale drinking, however, we considered a different type of high/low juxtaposition: MJ’s Wine Bar at the bottom of One City Center, and the Top of the East Lounge, located on the top floor of what is now the Westin Portland Harborview hotel. The former allows you to drink under 13 stories of home-grown bankers and lawyers; at the other, you’re lounging above a dozen floors of business travelers and tourists.

Review of The North Point

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

The Press Herald has published a bar review of The North Point.

Brothers Dan and Noah Talmatch have created a cavernous wine and cocktail bar in the Old Port with excellent food and exceptional service. Their nightly drink specials are some of the best you will find.

BFC Blind Burger Tasting

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

East Ender’s burger topped the competition in the blind burger tasting done by co-hosts Bo and Brian in the latest episode of Booze, Fish & Coffee.

Hand Pies: Little Bigs, Daigle & MPL

Friday, April 11th, 2014

The Portland Phoenix has reviewed the hand pies from Little Bigs, Daigle Baked Goods and Maine Pie Line,

Daigle Baked Goods (207.331.0167; sticks to two hand pies — each a fat round of lovely pale golden crust, big enough that you need two hands to hold it. Each is classical in approach. The pork version resembles a traditional shepherd’s pie. The finely ground meat is mildly seasoned, so you can taste the sweet green flavor of the tender peas. The chicken pie featured bigger chunks of tender meat, along with carrot and potato, in a rich, comforting sauce made from its own juices and touched with sage.


Reviews: Emiltsa, MJ’s Wine Bar, Paciarino, Otto

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

The Press Herald has published a bar review of Emilitsa,

Co-owned by brothers Demos and John Regas, Emilitsa is a modern Greek restaurant in Portland’s arts district. While known for its exceptional food, Emilitsa is a good place for a more intimate bar experience – perhaps for a date or a quiet evening with a friend. The wine list consists solely of Greek wines and while the beer list is selective, it boasts some true quality brews. The service is outstanding – some of the best in Portland – and your server will be knowledgeable about the wines and cocktails.

Perusing Portland has reviewed MJ’s Wine Bar,

MJ’s has a relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere. There is a wide wooden bar, long narrow table ideal for a large group, smaller tables and leather furniture. The wine selection must be the best in town. And, they are always changing the selection to reflect the season.

and Otto Pizza,

We have been to both Congress Street locations. Pizza from both location have been equally satisfying. Otto’s mashed potato pizza with bacon and scallion is as good as it sounds.

and Peter Peter Portland Eater has reviewed Paciarino.

Paciarino makes food that is top notch and serves it in portions fit for a hungry guy like me. They also sell some items to go if you want to bring it home and heat it up. If you like Italian, this is definite must-try restaurant in Portland.

Review of Joe’s Boathouse

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed Joe’s Boathouse.

The best part of Joe’s Boathouse Restaurant is the view. Beyond that the food is challenging, and politely calling it basic comfort food would be a stretch. The menu hasn’t changed in years nor the décor – a happenstance collection of tables and chairs. Yet its dockside setting gets better with age as if urban renewal has kept the marina shipshape while the cuisine at Joe’s remains woefully uninspired.

Bahn Mi Bake-off

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

The new episode of Booze, Fish & Coffee includes a bahn mi bake-off between Kim’s and Saigon as well as some commentary on Vientiane.


Review of Ruski’s

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

The Golden Dish has reviewed Ruski’s.

Strips should be banned from the deep fryer anyway.   It’s half the clam and the least interesting part.   The batter might as well have been filled with bread cubes; there was no discernible clam flavor whatsoever.  I reluctantly finished them off because I was hungry.