Norm’s Bar & Grill

December 7th, 2008

Norm’s Bar & Grill received 4 stars from this week’s Taste & Tell review in the Maine Sunday Telegram.

“Reliable, inexpensive and highly flavored dishes come from this kitchen dedicated to eeking the best out of the basics.”

Miss Portland Speaks

December 7th, 2008

Tom Manning, the owner of the Miss Portland wrote an article about his decision to open the diner that appeared in the Dec 1 issue of Newsweek (via the Maine Sunday Telegram).

High Food Prices

December 7th, 2008

Also in today’s paper was an article about the continuing high price of food.

Loco Pollo Opens for Business

December 6th, 2008

Loco Pollo quietly opened for business on Tuesday. The long awaited restaurants, serves tamales and soups as well as chicken and beef dinners.

Yosaku’s Bar

December 6th, 2008

1:00 a.m. Curfew has reviewed the bar at Yosaku.

“I love me some sake. There’s little I love more than spending a few hours (and paychecks) in Yosuku.”

Evangeline’s Bar Menu

December 6th, 2008

Evangeline has launched a bar menu (via Type A Diversions).

Portland Public Market

December 5th, 2008

The Portland Public Market building has been sold to PowerPay which intends to use it as their company headquarters.

Best of Maine 2009

December 4th, 2008

The new issue of Down East is now out. Several Portland area businesses made it into the Food and Drink category for their Best of Maine 2009 feature article including Allagash, W.O Hesperus, The Cheese Iron, Shipyard, Rabelais and the Portland Food Map.


December 4th, 2008

Down East also published a review of Evangeline.

“Evangeline has only been open since April 2008, but Desjarlais is clearly talented and his passion is one of his most important ingredients. One can only expect that this charming bistro will soon take its place on the list of Portland’s top restaurants.”

Mims Brasserie Closes

December 4th, 2008

Chow Maine has published a report on the passing of Mims Brasserie. I’ve heard that a new restauranteur is already planning on taking over the prime Commercial Street space.

The Bollard

December 4th, 2008

The December issue of The Bollard has hit newsstands. It includes another installment in the Land of Forgotten Cocktails series by mixologist John Myers and a review of the Miss Portland Diner. The review found the food somewhat lacking for the price “Miss Portland isn’t exactly sure what she wants to be. She’s too expensive to be a greasy spoon, but not good enough to reach the next level of dining in a city with plenty of other good options.”

Andy’s Old Port Pub

December 4th, 2008

The Portland Phoenix has reviewed Andy’s Old Port Pub.

“To get the menu you flag down one of the bartenders — seasoned thirtysomethings who suit the place. It’s the standard pub approach for the most part: burgers, pizza, fried stuff, something Mexican — with a few more ambitious entrees. The servings are big, and the food’s not bad.”

Miss Portland Diner

December 4th, 2008

Portland Magazine has reviewed the Miss Portland Diner.

“But back to bacon, how good’s the food here? This is as good diner fare as we have ever enjoyed – not ‘gourmet,’ but the real deal.”

Port City Life

December 4th, 2008

The December issue of Port City Life is now out. Standard Baking appears in a short list of Maine bakeries, there’s a profile of wild foods expert Kate Gooding, and the new issue provides some advice on what to get the foodie on your Christmas list.

Maine Food & Lifestyle

December 4th, 2008

The new issue of Maine Food & Lifestyle magazine, which hit the newsstands last week, includes a nice profile of Green Elephant, as well as articles on the Maine oyster industry, Freeport’s Haraseeket Inn, a short list of some Maine chocolatiers.