The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed the Saltwater Grille in South Portland,
The mismatch in quality between the food and the setting is stark, but you can see flashes of genuine potential when you taste the tweaks McGuirk has managed to slip in, like a sharp and mustardy malt aioli that accompanies an otherwise one-note calamari dish. Or a crisp, crunchy, turmeric-flavored Guinness-and-panko breading on the fried haddock – the only good component of the shore dinner. Best of all is his take on seafood pappardelle, with plenty of lobster and a sauce that infuses every noodle with savory chorizo flavor. Saltwater Grille has all the pieces in place to make it the kind of restaurant where, even on a gray evening with fog obscuring the view, both locals and tourists would be happy to eat. But to get there and join the ranks of the region’s better restaurants, it needs to give itself permission to change.
the Press Herald has reviewed Vientiane
When I went for lunch on a recent weekday I got an order of pad see ew ($8.59). It was a flat noodle stir fry dish with scrambled egg, chicken, broccoli, mushroom and bok choy in a sweet Thai soy sauce. The portion was just about big enough for two lunches, though I ate more than half at my first sitting. The noodles were wide and thick, almost like mini lasagna noodles. The sauce was not too sweet and let the flavor of the broccoli and bok choy shine through. It was a nice change from pad Thai, though I love a good pad Thai.
and the Terra Cotta Pasta Company in South Portland,
If calories and nutrition weren’t a consideration, I could probably eat one of these every single day. In fact, my love for this sandwich is so powerful, it’s rare I try anything else from the Terra Cotta menu, but I can tell you that the Sicilian-style slab pizza ($3.50 per slab) is pure magic, as is the Stromboli ($7.99, there’s a daily meat and vegetable offering). If you order the Stromboli, you can either hang out and chat for the 15 or so minutes it takes to heat up or bring it home and warm it there. Either way, you win.
and Peter Peter Portland Eater has reviewed Rosie’s.
Rosie’s offers something you can only find at dive bars – an atmosphere where anything goes as long as you’re not causing a problem; where the food is always good, occasionally very good, and rarely great; and where you can get served with hardly any green in your pockets. I drink there more than I eat there, but when I do either, I always leave happy and feeling like I got more than I paid for. It’s a place where just about anybody can go and have the same experience.