This Week’s Events: Noble Barbecue, Pils & Love, Bastille Day, Food Lab Market

July 10th, 2017

WednesdayNoble Barbecue is scheduled to open at 11:30 am, there will be a wine tasting at Browne Trading, and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Friday – Petite Jacqueline is holding their annual Bastille Day Dinner, and there will be a wine tasting at Rosemont on Congress.f

Saturday – the Pils & Love beer festival is taking place, the Fork Food Lab is holding a market, and the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

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: Baharat, Mami, The 5 Spot

July 9th, 2017

The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed Baharat,

Today, vegetable, grain and dairy dishes dominate – from creative fried cauliflower specials (one sweet and refreshing, the other deeply savory); to a sweet and herbal stewed tomato on rich housemade labneh; to crisp, fragrant falafel balls and excellent hummus. It’s a step in the right direction, one that highlights Norris’s skills, while also creating a backdrop for bar manager Arvid Brown’s creative cocktail menu. If you want to see just how far Baharat has come since it got its start serving food in parking lots like the one across the street, grab a seat at the shiny zinc bar, sip a frothy, neon yellow Curcuma sour and work your way through the large-format All In platter – a mosaic of mostly vegetarian dishes for two or four people. And no matter what else you order, don’t skip the housemade pickles.

The Bollard has reviewed The 5 Spot and Mami.

The breakfast sandwiches are served on a soft, fresh hoagie roll, and include a fried egg and choice of cheese and meat. Foregoing the familiar bacon, ham or sausage, I opted for the Pennsylvania Dutch specialty known as scrapple. Described by Keith as “kind of like polenta with pork scraps,” this flavorful, slightly salty, low-brow delicacy was sliced thin and fried to a crisp on the griddle. It was, in a word, amazing.

Strictly Cold Brew

July 8th, 2017

A new food cart called Strictly Cold Brew (instagram, facebook) launched on July 2nd. As the name suggests, they cold brew coffee and are using beans from Swift River Coffee in Raymond.

You should be able to find them on Commercial Street this weekend.

Cong Tu Bot Opening Next Week

July 8th, 2017

Here are a few pictures from Thursday’s friends and family preview at Cong Tu Bot (facebook, tumblr, instagram, twitter). Owners of the new Vietnamese restaurant on Inner Washington Ave are planning to open to the public late next week.

CN Traveler: Portland Keeps Getting Cooler

July 7th, 2017

Conde Nast Traveler has published an article entitled How Portland, Maine Keeps Getting Cooler.

In the last few years, as the city’s various industrial no man’s lands have given way to breweries, speakeasies, concert venues, and upscale boutiques, Portland, Maine has become New England at its prime: innovation without the altered skyline, urban culture without the traffic jams, seaside charm with all the lobster and only some of the knick-knacks. Best part is: You can do it all on foot.

Under Construction: Mr Tuna

July 6th, 2017

A new food cart called Mr. Tuna (instagram, facebook) is under development. Owner Jordan Rubin plans on serving a menu of sushi burritos, hand rolls and bowls wish vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Rubin has worked at Uni Sashimi Bar in Boston and Solo Italiano in Portland.

He hopes to finish final inspections soon and be out on Commercial Street next week.

Under Construction: Higher Grounds Cafe

July 6th, 2017

A new coffee shop has leased 1,400 sq ft on Wharf Street. Higher Grounds Cafe will be located at 51 Wharf Street and be taking over a portion of the space formally occupied by 51 Wharf.

In conjunction with Fore Street Partners, NAI The Dunham Group is reaching out to the market in search of restaurants, arts or retail users to fill the remaining space and complete the goal of transforming this block of Wharf St. The owner is flexible and welcomes creative ideas to help turn this area into a destination for food, coffee, retail and pubs. The remaining 3,500 s/f is available for lease. It can be subdivided into two smaller spaces and features a fully built-out kitchen for food users.

Island Dog Brewing

July 6th, 2017

The Forecaster has published an article about Island Dog Brewing.

Still in its nascent stages, Island Dog Brewing only sells tasting flights, pints, and growlers, although by August they hope to distribute kegs to area bars and restaurants – including Otto Pizza, which is in the same complex behind the Maine Mall, and will deliver pies to the 4,200-square-foot tasting room.

Bagels at Scratch

July 6th, 2017

Kitchn has posted an article about the bagels at Scratch Baking Co.

Growing up in Fairfield County — New York City just a quick train ride away — I was sure I was eating some of the best (if not the best) bagels in the world. Ess-a-Bagel, Russ & Daughters, Absolute Bagels, Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee, Murray’s, Tompkins Square Bagels — these are the bagel shops that had my love and allegiance for most of my life.

But that all changed when I visited a small bakery in South Portland, Maine.

Vegan Food Trucking

July 5th, 2017

An article in the Press Herald highlights three Portland food trucks that serve vegan options on their menu: Mashed, Thainy Boda and Falafel Mafia.


Portland Pulp Opening Friday

July 5th, 2017

Portland Pulp (website, facebook, instagram) is scheduled to open on Friday.

They are co-located with Head Games at 116 Free Street. Portland Pulp promises a menu of juice, smoothies and chopped salads.

The Lost Kitchen

July 5th, 2017

The Boston Globe and Plate have published articles about The Lost Kitchen.

French brings out lit tapers in white candlesticks to each table. She tells her guests the story of their dinner: what they are eating, where it comes from. Then she offers a toast. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” she says. “This is my favorite place in the world.”

Under Construction: Little Woodfords

July 4th, 2017

A new coffee shop called Little Woodfords (website, instagram, twitter, facebook) is under construction in Woodfords Corner at 643 Forest Ave in the IOOF Building.

The 1,000 sq ft LW is self described as “a tiny shop serving up coffee, snacks and community”.

Owners Andrew Zorro and TJ Quinn live in the neighborhood. They signed the lease for the space just a few days ago and hope to make quick work of the renovations to open by the end of August.

Zarro and Quinn have been in touch with a number of roasters and are narrowing down for a final selection. The finalists are coffee roasters that aren’t currently served in Portland and so would bring something new to the broader coffee loving community of Portland.

Under Construction: Terra Cotta Pasta Co.

July 4th, 2017

An outpost of the Terra Cotta Pasta Co. is under construction in North Deering at 64 Auburn St.

Terra Cotta was founded in New Hampshire and opened their first store in the Portland area several years ago in South Portland. This will be their first store in the City of Portland.

Under Construction: Chaval

July 3rd, 2017

Here’s a look around Chaval (website, instagram, twitter, facebook), the new restaurant under development in the former Caiola’s space in the West End.

Owners Ilma Lopez and Damian Sansonetti are getting Chaval ready for their opening day. Chaval is scheduled to open to the public sometime in the next week or two.