Under Construction: Kind Stack Sandwich Co.

July 24th, 2017

Parker Auger is developing a new food cart, the Kind Stack Sandwich Company (instagram).

Kind Stack’s menu will “focus on Italian grinder style sandwiches” like a classic Italian (capocollo, mortadella, slami, sopressata, prosciutto, pepperoni), and a Muffuletta (sopressata, mortadella, capocollo, olive relish). Auger plans to locate on Commercial Street and make the brewery circuit.

Auger has been on the bakery staff at Scratch Baking Company, and prior to that worked as the pastry chef at Local 188.

This Week’s Events: Mississippi Pop-up Dinner, Summer Session Beer Festival

July 24th, 2017

Monday – Village Vitals is serving a Mississippi pop-up dinner at Fork Food Labs.

Wednesday – the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thursday – there will be a Stone Fence spirits tasting at the Public Market House.

Friday – there will be a wine tasting at Rosemont in the West End.

Saturday – the Brewers Guild is holding their Summer Session Beer Festival, and the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

SundayLocal 188 is serving a dinner featuring cuisine from Seville, Spain.

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: Cong Tu Bot, Chaval, Sonny’s, Sip of Europe, Portland Lobster, Noble BBQ

July 23rd, 2017

The Portland Phoenix has reviewed Cong Tu Bot,

Hủ Tiếu Xào was especially impressive, a dish of stir-fried rice noodles with scallions, “many chilis,” peanuts, daily vegetable and brown sauce. The dish is numbingly hot up-front, while sparing the back of the tongue to some extent and calling to mind the “Ma La” dichotomy characteristic of Sichuan cuisine. The caramelized noodles are unlike any I’ve had in Portland, with a depth of flavor highlighted by the aggressive usage of spicy chilis. Fresh raw cucumbers and cilantro add a cooling foil to the heat, which is tamed only by taking generous swigs of Tiger lager.

Map & Menu has reviewed Chaval,

On our first trip (of what is sure to be many), Meredith and I changed it up a little and shared the coq au vin dinner for two. The red wine braised chicken was absolutely outstanding, and will be hard to beat for any future meals. With a bar program headed up by renowned Portland bartender Patrick McDonald, we added a delicious Aperitif Dunhill and a Spanish G&T; and as is the case with any dinner where Ilma is in the kitchen, we saved room for dessert – the decadent churros with hot chocolate sauce and salted sugar. Yes and please.

As the Lobster Rolls has reviewed Portland Lobster Company,

Definitely, don’t let this review sway you from visiting Portland Lobster Co. It’s a great spot in Portland’s Old Port and since this lobster roll was voted Best of, I feel like maybe there were just having an off day. They could’ve been short-staffed, their bun toaster might have called in sick… I just find it hard to believe that this is the quality of lobster roll that everyone is getting.

The Golden Dish has reviewed Sonny’s,

…Swordfish el pastor is wrapped up with guajillo, pineapple puree, fresh pineapple, onion and chipotle mayo; then an eggplant taco masa-battered and wonderfully puffy and crisp encased the eggplant with chili de arbol, in a salsa of raisins, capers and cucumber. These were two of the best tacos I’ve had anywhere in Maine.

the Press Herald has reviewed Sip of Europe, and

From the moment fork met mouth, my taste buds felt as a symphony was being played just for them; it was glorious. It took every effort I could muster to not inhale this marvelous creation without stopping to savor every flash of succulent flavor, but I managed to slow myself down enough to truly appreciate every morsel of this incredible crepe. Could I have eaten two of them? Sure, but was the one enough? Also yes.

Peter Peter Portland Eater has reviewed Noble Barbecue.

A first bite of my actual sandwich produced a more pleasant experience than the solo chicken. On top sat a big pile of curtido – a cabbage relish of sorts. That and the cojito cheese added nice flavors while the plantains gave some crunch. I enjoyed the sandwich overall and found the mole along the lines of what I generally expect of it.

Under Construction: Bolster Snow & Co.

July 22nd, 2017

Bolster Snow & Company (instagram), the new 40-seat under construction at 747 Congress Street, has applied for a liquor license application.

The restaurant and bar will be located on the first floor of The Francis hotel:

Here’s a look at chef Nick Verdisco‘s draft menu (page 76) for the restaurant (click to enlarge):

Popsicle Food Cart

July 22nd, 2017

Paletas (instagram), a new popsicle cart, launched yesterday.

Under Construction: Union Bagel

July 21st, 2017

The Forecaster has published an update on second bakery Union Bagel has under construction on Veranda Street.

“We’re opening a second location primarily to accommodate growing demand from wholesale customers,” Farrell said. “The shop on Cumberland Avenue is too small to handle that and our increased retail business.”

Farrell said the Veranda Street shop, near Washington Avenue, would be “very similar” to the Cumberland Avenue operation and the hope is that it will be open by late August.

Union Bagel is also in the process of rebuilding their patio on Cumberland Ave.

Little Giant Opens Today

July 20th, 2017

Little Giant (facebook, instagram), the new 60-seat West End restaurant by the owners of Hunt and Alpine, is scheduled to open today at 5pm.


Ice Cream Delivery

July 19th, 2017

Today’s Press Herald includes a feature article on ice cream delivery services with a special focus on Rosanna’s, the craft ice cream operation run by Salli Wason.

While having ice cream delivered to your home is convenient, Wason’s customers say her creative flavors play just as big a role in enticing them to pick up the phone and order intriguing flavors like Thai iced tea, fresh nectarine and honey lavender. Wason posts her daily menus on her Facebook page, and changes flavors often. Like a musician, she also takes requests from customers. Most recently she tried her hand at a flavor she calls “rose red” – made with raspberries and housemade beach rose syrup – because someone told her it was popular in Paris. A customer request for blueberry-lemon with gingersnaps sold so quickly she still makes it.

Bayside: Kick Start Kitchen

July 19th, 2017

Proposals under consideration for West Bayside development on the site of the former public works department buildings include,

At 65 Hanover St., staff is recommending a proposal by Rory Strunk, of O’Maine Studios, for a “world-class culinary media and event center that has a global draw.” In addition to having a “Kick Start Kitchen” for incubating aspiring chefs, the building also could host food festivals.

Maine’s Best Barbecue

July 19th, 2017

Southern Living has declared Salvage to be Maine’s best barbecue.

You may be in northern New England, but from the moment you walk into this Portland gem, you’ll feel Southern-style hospitality in the air. Operating inside of a former salvage warehouse, there’s plenty of space to spread out. And after the Meat Coma (¼ ribs, ⅓ lb of both pulled pork and brisket, along with a bowl of chili and two sides), you’ll be particularly grateful. Don’t skip the sauces. They run the gamut from mild Carolina-style to four-alarm vinegar.

Maine’s Growing Oyster Industry

July 18th, 2017

The Press Herald has published an article on Maine’s oyster aquaculture industry.

Now new farmers trying their hand at growing oysters have moved outside the Damariscotta River – farms small and large can be found along the entire coast, from the Piscataqua River in Eliot to Little Machias Bay in Cutler. Pushing the expansion is demand. Oyster landings have increased 254 percent and the harvest’s value has grown about 300 percent since 2011, state records show.

Under Construction: Scratch Toast Bar

July 17th, 2017

Scratch Baking has released some photos of the Toast Bar they have under construction on Broadway.

This Week’s Events: Little Giant, Friday Fizz Fest, Community Concert

July 17th, 2017

Wednesday – the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thursday – Little Giant (facebook, instagram) is holding their grand opening, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival will be holding a community concert at Rising Tide.

Friday – Devenish Wines will be holding a sparkling wine event at Tandem Coffee on Congress pouring four unusual and rare Italian sparkling wines, and a wine tasting at Rosemont on Commercial Street.

Saturday – 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.

Skordo Now Open

July 16th, 2017

Skordo (website, facebook, instagram) opened their new retail shop at 372 Fore Street today.

Resurgence of River Herring

July 16th, 2017

Here’s some wonderful news about the resurgence of river herring in Maine rivers and its potential to positively impact stocks of cod, halibut and other species.

With nearly 3.8 million fish counted at its fish passages this year, the Kennebec is now home to one of the largest river herring runs in North America, and Maine is likely to become the two species’ worldwide epicenter as the herring colonize newly opened habitat. The Penobscot saw 1.9 million, on par with last year, while the St. Croix’s 158,000-fish run was the largest in two decades.