Fishermen’s Grill Gets Top Rating

March 7th, 2014

Fighting the Tides has published an article about Fishermen’s Grill and its owner Mike Nappi.

The charming hole in the wall seafood joint, tucked unpretentiously across the street from Baxter Woods in an area that’s traditionally been hard on restaurant owners, is known for their large portions and fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

As of last week they’re also becoming known for their national ranking of 60th best restaurant in the entire country and the number one (I repeat, NUMBER ONE) seafood restaurant in all of New England.

Rosemont/Allagash Dinner

March 7th, 2014

The Blueberry Files has published a report on the Rosemont/Allagash dinner that took place earlier this week.

Next, in the wild beer room, we enjoyed a curried goat stew paired with a ginger wit (a “ramped up” version of the White with loads of ginger added) and smoked beef ribs over a potato pancake and sauteed spinach with a Curieux reduction. The Curieux was also the pairing for this course.

Shel Doyle was also on site for the dinner and has published a set of photos from the event, as has Allagash Brewing (shown in viewer above).

Review of Local 188

March 7th, 2014

Drink Up and Get Happy has published a bar review of Local 188.

We were pleasantly surprised to discover that Local runs happy hour, which they call Tapas Time, Monday – Friday from 4-6pm!  They feature $3 Allagash White, House wine selections for $4 per glass or $16 per bottle and $5 Frescas, made in house with infused vodkas.  While the specials list may be small, it does have something for everyone for great prices.

Bar Review of Casa Fiesta

March 6th, 2014

casafiestaThe Press Herald has reviewed Casa Fiesta.

Casa Fiesta in Portland is a kitschy, corporate Mexican restaurant on Forest Avenue that has surprisingly good margaritas, free house-made chips and salsa and excellent service. Don’t knock it until you try it. This might be your next go-to Mexican restaurant.

Foundation Brewing & Maine Beer Mavens

March 6th, 2014

foundationToday’s What Ales You column writes about Foundation Brewing and their launch last week of their first two beers: Blaze and Eddy.

Earlier this week the Bangor Daily News published an article about the Maine Beer Mavens.

“The stereotype is that a woman is going to go for a glass of wine and guys go for beer,” said Christie Mahaffey, a member of Maine Beer Mavens, gathering in a new brewery for their monthly meetup.

One part girl’s night out, one part beer appreciation club, the Maine Beer Mavens, together since 2012, are putting a new swirl on the craft beer scene.

Restaurant Roads to Success

March 5th, 2014

The USM Free Press has published a report on the challenges of launching and running a successful restaurant.

According to Professor Charles Colgan of public policy and management and the Muskie School of Public Service and long-time former chair of the State of Maine Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission, there’s nothing unusual about that. “Restaurants are the same pretty much everywhere. They are the business most frequently started and most frequently closed.”

Joe Ricchio’s Portland

March 5th, 2014

Maine magazine has published an interview about his return to Portland and perspective on the food scene.

I was not entirely aware of the full extent to which this reputation had spread until I spent a year away in Boston. Whenever I told people where I’d come from, they reacted as though Portland’s streets were paved with gold, a place where every single bite of food was ambrosial and everyone ate like kings…

Interview with Eli Cayer

March 5th, 2014

The Perennial Plate has published this short video interview with Eli Cayer, owner of the Urban Farm Fermentory.

New Coffee by Design Opened Today

March 4th, 2014

Coffee by Design opened their new location in East Bayside today. It’s CBD’s 5th location and the new site for their roastery and corporate headquarters.

See articles from the Press Herald, Bangor Daily News and Portland Daily Sun for all the details.

Under Construction: Bramhall Speakeasy, Otto Pizza and Jazeera Market

March 4th, 2014

The Portland food scene continues to grow and develop:

  • The old Bramhall Pub space in the basement of the Roma/Quimby Colony building at 769 Congress Street has been leased. The owners are planning to launch a “old school speakeasy with American comfort food”. They hope to open sometime this Summer after renovations are complete.
  • Otto Pizza has leased a space at 125 John Roberts Road in South Portland to handle their delivery business in the Portland area.
  • Jazeera Market, currently located at 652 Congress Street, will be moving to 625 Forest Ave in Woodford Corner. This move one of several that quickly changing the set of retail shops in the first floor of the Lafayette Apartments building.

For more information on food businesses under development see the PFM Under Construction List.

Hella Good/Steve & Renee’s

March 4th, 2014

The Hella Good Taco food cart has purchased Steve & Renee’s Diner. Owner Josh Bankhead has written on the Hella Good facebook page that they “will be incorporating HGT into the fold soon” and that the cart will still be in operation during the Summer.

See the article in today’s Portland Daily for more information on the changes in store for the diner.

Allagash Avancé Release

March 4th, 2014

Allagash has announced that they’ll be releasing the 2014 production run of Allagash Avancé at the brewery this Friday morning. There will be a 2 bottle purchase limit.

Allagash Avance is a product of patience. Aged with strawberries for three years in bourbon barrels, this strong, sour ale has the aroma of strawberry preserves and toasted oak. The oak and berries continue their presence in flavor, and compliment the sweet, warm finish. 10.8% ABV.

Gunpowder Rye: Exceptional

March 4th, 2014

ned_gunpowderNew England Distilling has earned a rating of 90 (exceptional) for their Gunpowder Rye from the Beverage Testing Institute. The BTI describes Gunpowder Rye as,

Burnished amber color. Attractive aromas of honeyed dried sour cherries, toffee, suede, and sandalwood with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a well balanced cinnamon rye toast, creamy milk chocolate, peppery spice, and mineral accented finish. Very tasty and versatile.

Reviews: JP’s Bistro and LFK

March 4th, 2014

The Bollard has published a breakfast review LFK,

So while I may come back to LFK some evening for a burger and a beer, I probably won’t return for brunch. In a city like Portland, there are just too many other places serving brunch I do love.

and a review of JP’s Bistro.

The dishes are executed without any particular finesse. Sourcing local, ethical or organic ingredients doesn’t seem to be important at JP’s. And a mediocre meal doesn’t cut it when the tab for two approaches $100. That said, plenty of folks don’t share my qualms. If you decide to check out JP’s, make sure you make reservations — the place gets packed.

Specialty Shopping

March 3rd, 2014

The Golden Dish has put together a “short list of Portland shops and their specialty foods.”

This Week’s Events: CBD, Maine Restaurant Week, Cajun Cookin’, Food History

March 3rd, 2014

All WeekMaine Restaurant Week continues.

Tuesday — it’s opening day at CBD’s new coffee shop in East Bayside, Gary Libby will be giving a talk about the history of the history of Chinese restaurants in Portland, the 19th Annual WMPG Fat Tuesday Cajun Cookin’ Challenge is taking place, Vinland is hosting a natural wine dinner with importer Zev Rovine, and Maine Restaurant Week is holding a pancake flipping race.

WednesdayAllagash and Rosemont are collaborating on a beer dinner which will feature unusual beers from Allagash and behind the scenes tour.

Thursday — Food historian Sandy Oliver will be giving a talk at the Maine Historical Society.

Friday — the opening night reception for From Chop Suey to Washington Pie: Maine Menus is taking place.

Saturday — Vena’s Fizz House is teaching a bitters workshop, there will be a wine tasting at Browne Trading and the Winter Farmers Market is taking place at the Urban Farm Fermentory on Anderson Street.

Sunday — The MRW Cocktail and Dessert  Competition 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.

Austin Street Bret Beer

March 3rd, 2014

What’s Brewing in Maine has posted an article about Austin Street Brewery.

AAA Comfort Food

March 3rd, 2014

The Frog & Turtle recently was named by AAA as one of the 70 best comfort food restaurants in the country.

Review of Samuel’s

March 2nd, 2014

The Maine Sunday Telegram has reviewed Samuel’s.

The quintessential neighborhood bar and grill, Samuel’s is a popular watering hole and casual restaurant serving very decent no-frills pub fare with a super-friendly vibe. They’re famous for the chicken wings and rightly so. Pizzas are good, as are a list of daily lunch and dinner specials. Don’t miss, for instance, the chicken tostada with chili verde – a half-foot-high pile of chips, dips and chicken.

Top Ten in February 2014

March 1st, 2014

The 10 eateries looked up most often on Portland Food Map in February were:

  1. Central Provisions (-)
  2. C-Squared Restaurant (4)
  3. Vinland (3)
  4. Miyake Diner (1)
  5. Top of the East (>50)
  6. Hugo’s (7)
  7. 158 Pickett St Cafe (>50)
  8. Empire Chinese Kitchen (2)
  9. The Salt Exchange (29)
  10. East Ender (44)

The numbers in parentheses indicates their rank last month.